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Reinforced Plastics  Volume 59, Number 4  July/August 2015 TECHNOLOGY

U.S. NRL licenses innovative new polymer resin


The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) infusion molding (RIM), filament winding, and electronic casings, fire resistant textiles,
Chemistry Division and Technology Trans- prepreg consolidation, and potentially using robotic and autonomous firefighting on
fer Office has approved the commercial automated composite manufacturing techni- ships, ammunition casings and storage
manufacturing of an PEEK-like phthaloni- ques such as automated tape laying and containers, and fire-resistant building
trile (PN) resin composition, developed by automated fiber placement. materials.
the laboratory.
Phthalonitrile-based polymers are high Military applications Shelf life
temperature thermosets that remain strong The material is reported to have dielectric It is also possible to melt the resin and to
at temperatures up to 500 8C and can be permittivity and loss tangent characteristics control its initial cure to the shaped solid
processed into shaped fiber reinforced com- for potential high temperature radomes and below 2008C. This permits the phthaloni-

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posite components using non-autoclave other applications requiring radiofre- triles to be processed in the same way as
techniques. quency transparency. The viscosity of the ordinary commercial resins, using standard
‘The many attractive features of the curing PN composition can be controlled as industrial composite manufacturing
second-generation polyetheretherketone a function of the curing additive and tem- methods.
PEEK-like phthalonitriles make these resins perature and the B-staged prepolymer inter- The PEEK-like phthalonitrile is a liquid
excellent candidates for numerous military mediate can be stored indefinitely under above 708C and polymerizes to a thermoset
and domestic applications,’ said Teddy ambient conditions until ready to convert occurring above 1508C. The rate of poly-
Keller, head of NRL Advanced Materials to the thermoset polymer or to use in the merization is controlled as a function of
Section, who invented the material along fabrication of a composite component. temperature and the amount of curing ad-
with Matthew Laskoski, and Andrew P. Due to their low water absorption, pro- ditive, and the fully cured phthalonitrile
Saab. ‘The NRL-developed phthalonitrile- cessing temperatures comparable to com- polymer does not melt or soften when
based polymeric composites exhibit super- mon epoxy resins, and improved thermo- post-cured to temperatures greater than
ior flame resistant, high temperature, and oxidative stability at temperatures in excess 3758C. NRL’s phthalonitrile resins/prepoly-
low water absorption properties that do not of 3758C, the polymers are suitable for mers or resin prepregs have an indefinite
exist in the current marketplace.’ applications such as lightweight automo- shelf life without the need for refrigeration.
The resin can be used to make components biles, ships, oil rigs, aircraft, wind blades, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory ; www.nrl.
using resin transfer molding (RTM), resin high temperature bearings, valves, battery navy.mil

Progressive cavity pump for resin dosing


UK Flowtechnik has launched a new small- The new technology is based on the
scale progressive cavity pump designed spe- volumetric principle of an endless or in-
cifically to enable the precise dosing of finite piston where the rotor and stator
fluids and pastes proportionate to the rota- components form a sealed metering
tional speed. chamber. The eccentric movement of
The VISCO.pump, made by Beinlich the rotor allows for a low-shear motion
The VISCO.pump, made by Beinlich Pumps, can
Pumps, can be used for dispensing polyure- of the medium from one chamber to
be used for dispensing polyurethane (PU).
thane (PU) and can accurately dispense the next chamber without damage to the
liquids and pastes with up to 60% filler to be absolutely linear, with a dosing accu- media.
content. The dosing quantity can be set racy and repeatability of 1 per cent or less. UK Flowtechnik; www.ukflowtechnik.com

World’s first green CMM laser-line scanner suitable for carbon fiber parts
Perceptron, Inc, a manufacturer of laser The new scanner has an improved adjustable data acquisition rate for HQ
scanners, has introduced what it says dynamic range with a wider coverage of (high quality) and HS (high speed) operation
is the world’s first green laser-line uni- color spectrum and reflectivity, improved and larger field of view and depth of view.
versal CMM scanner for highly reflec- material coverage, increased accuracy with ScanR can be integrated into Perceptron’s
tive materials such as carbon fiber a thinner laser line with higher signal to TouchDMIS metrology software.
composites. noise ratio, improved edge detection, Perceptron; www.perceptron.com

Solvay plastics now approved by NSF


Solvay Specialty Polymers says that the US under its NSF/ANSI 51 standard for food vice equipment for aviation and rail trans-
National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) has equipment materials. port, as well as hotel, catering and domestic
certified six Amodel polyphthalamide (PPA) This makes Solvay materials suitable for applications. Target applications can also
glass fiber reinforced (GFR) resin grades the manufacture of commercial food ser- include boilers, beverage dispensers, water

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