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Composite Flow Moulding With Peek Gives Ultra-High Specific Strength

01 February 2003

Composite flow moulding with PEEK gives 'ultra-high' specific strength

Composite flow moulding (CFM) is a process for manufacturing endless
fibre reinforced components of great strength. Pioneered by the Swiss
company, Icotec, the process uses endless carbon fibres in a
thermoplastic matrix of Victrex PEEK polymer to achieve a specific
strength of up to 600MPa/g/cm3, exceeding that of aluminium and titanium
by factors of 12 and 2 respectively. Threaded fasteners can be produced
in high volumes from the composite, in a single step, without need for
post treatment.

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