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Emerging High Temperature Thermoplastic Materials

SpecialChem / Mark DeMeuse – Feb 27, 2012

This article will describe new thermoplastic materials which have been recently developed to satisfy high temperature requirements in excess of 200°C. The chemistry which is associated with the new materials will be described as well as the properties that are achieved. This article will discuss exclusively about thermoplastic polymers and no discussion of high temperature thermosetting materials will be provided.Among the polymers to be discussed will be polybenzimidazole (PBI), polyimides (PI's), polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and liquid crystal polymers (LCP's). In addition, there will be a brief summary of polymers with very special applications. In general, however, the major applications for these high temperature polymers is for the replacement of metals and ceramics in uses such as automotive transmissions, jet engine components and heat-resistant gears.

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