Fiber-reinforced plastic is a composite material wherein a polymer is reinforced with fibers to enhance or add properties. These fibers are typically glass or carbon, although aramid, basalt, and even wood and paper have been used. Fiber reinforced plastics are commonly used in aerospace, automotive, marine, and construction industries because of their corrosion resistance and low weight-to-strength ratio.
Thermosets are more commonly used in fiber-reinforced plastics due to lower costs, but thermoplastic resins offer higher performance and can withstand temperatures up to 400ºF or more. Thermoplastics also offer higher compressive strength, better toughness/damage resistance, reduced hydrolysis, greater impact resistance, high vibrational damping, and take less time to process than thermosets.
Choosing the right plastic is the first step to creating a successful product. At Reading Plastic, our plastic experts will help you choose the right fiber-reinforced plastic for your application, then machine and fabricate your parts with precision to meet your tight-tolerance requirements. Call us today at 610-926-3245 to get started on your next project.
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