Polymer and Composites

 Polymer Composite Material
Polymer Composite Material

We come with an extensive array of polymer and polymer composite materials experience including:

  • Thermoplastic polymers
    • Hydrocarbon polymers
      • Polyethylene (PE)
        • HDPE
        • LDPE
      • Polypropylene (PP)
        • Atactic
        • Isotactic
      • Polybutadiene
        • Syndiotatctic
        • Isotactic
      • Polystyrene (PS)
        • Atactic
        • Isotactic
    • Nonhydrocarbon carbon-chain polymers
      • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
      • Polyvinyl fluoride PVF)
      • Polytetrafuoroethylene (PTFE)
      • Polyacrylonitrile (PAN)
      • Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)
      • Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
      • Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS)
    • Heterochain thermoplastics
      • Polyethylene oxide (PEO)
      • Polyoxymethylene (acetal) POM
      • Polyamide (PA)
        • Nylon 6
        • Nylon 6/6
      • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
      • Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)
      • Polycarbonate (PC)
    • High temperature thermoplastics
      • Polyether ether ketone (PEEK)
      • Polyphenylene sulphide (PPS)
      • Polyamide-imide (PAI)
      • Polyether suphone (PES)
      • Polyether-imide (PEI)
      • Polysulphone (PSU)
      • Polyimide (thermoplastic) (PI)
  • Thermoset polymers
    • Phenolics
      • Filled
    • Epoxies
      • Unreinforced
      • Filled
    • Aminos
      • Urea-formaldehyde (UF)
      • Melamine-formaldehyde (melamine) (MF)
    • Polyurethane (PUR)
      • Unfilled
      • Filled
    • Polyesters
    • Vinyl esters
    • Polyimdes
    • Silicones
    • Urethanes
  • Elastomers/rubbers
    • Natural rubber
    • Styrene-butadiene rubber
    • Acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber
    • Butyl rubber
    • Polychloroprene
    • Polyisoprene
    • Polysulphide polymer
    • Silicone
    • Polyurethane
  • Polymer blends
    • Thermoplastic/thermoplastic
    • Thermoset/thermoplastic
  • Composites
    • Short fibre thermoplastics
      • Glass fibre
      • Cellulose fibre
      • Carbon fibre
    • Continuous fibre thermoplastics
      • Glass fibre
      • Carbon fibre
    • Short fibre thermosets
      • Glass fibre
      • Cellulose fibre
      • Carbon fibre
      • Aramid fibre
      • Ceramic fibres and whiskers
    • Continuous fibre thermosets
      • Glass fibre
      • Cellulose fibre
      • Carbon fibre
      • Aramid fibre
    • Honeycomb materials
    • Ceramics matrix composites
  • Highly filled polymers
    • Friction materials
    • Bearings
    • Gaskets
  • Fillers
    • Inorganic
    • Organic
    • Reinforcing
    • Plasticisers
    • Lubricants
    • Impact modifiers
    • Stabilizers
    • Low cost fillers
    • Flame retardants
  • Fibres
    • Glass fibre
    • Cellulose fibre
    • Carbon fibre
    • Aramid fibre
    • Ceramic fibres and whiskers

Processes

Comprehensive process knowledge includes:

  • Compression moulding
  • Laminating
  • Injection moulding
  • Blow moulding
  • Extrusion
  • Pultrusion

Applications

Application experience includes:

  • Automotive
    • brakes
    • clutches
    • body panels
    • motorsport
  • Industrial
    • bearings
    • cable
  • Aerospace
    • structures
    • fittings
  • Railway
    • brakes
  • Domestic products
    • electrical
  • Sports and leisure
    • tennis rackets
    • golf clubs
    • bicycle wheels and frames
    • fishing line
    • skate boards
  • Packaging
  • Medical
    • orthodontics
    • prosthetics

Failure Mechanisms

Typical studies include:

  • Additive dispersion and migration
  • Polymer structure
    • Blends and single phase
  • Polymer identification
  • Impurity identification
  • Filler identification
  • Mechanical failure investigation
  • Fibre/polymer bonding
  • Polymer wear and transfer films