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  • 1.  Microstructure of Thermoplastic Composite Materials - Free webinar

    Posted 04-08-2022 09:29
    Edited by Carrie Hawk 04-25-2022 14:39

    Struers webinar April 26 at 2:00 PM ET

    Title: Microstructure of Thermoplastic Composite Materials

    REGISTER HERE

    Speaker:  @Ellis Perry, Applications Engineer, Struers Inc.

    Thermoplastic composites (TPCs) are gaining worldwide recognition as viable replacements for traditional materials in a wide variety of applications such as automotive, aerospace, and defense. This is due to their superior strength-to-weight ratios compared to lightweight metallic alloys. Consequently, thermoplastic composites are increasingly being used to make not only small parts such as brackets for airplanes but also large, safety-critical structures such as landing gears and fuselage panels. Unlike thermoset composites which require curing time for polymerization, thermoplastic composites do not require a curing step after consolidation. In the manufacture of thermoplastic components, the polymer is simply heated, formed into shape, consolidated, and cooled.

    Despite this ease of manufacture, a variety of discontinuities and defects such as fiber misorientation and wrinkling, ply misalignment, porosity and voids, and delamination between fibers and matrix can occur. Accurate characterization of these microstructural defects is of critical importance to achieving the desired properties for optimal performance. While nondestructive testing techniques can be used for the macro-inspection of the parts, they do not offer adequate insight into processing-microstructure-property-performance relationships needed for property-performance optimization. Such information is best obtained using metallographic techniques.

    In this webinar, attendees will learn about:               

    • Materialographic techniques for characterizing TPC microstructures, optimizing their manufacturing processes, and resultant properties
    • Presence of voids, delamination of fibers from the matrix, and fiber orientation
    • The potential utilization of thermoplastic composites in modern fuel-efficient vehicles

     

    Biography:


    Ellis Perry obtained his bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Kentucky. He went on to become an applications engineer for Struers Inc. He has since been involved in the preparation processes for a wide variety of materials including different metals, ceramics, and polymers. The materials that he has prepared while at Struers can be found in the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries. Ellis continues to develop his knowledge and passion for materials by working closely with key players in these industries, to help optimize their sample preparation results and throughput.



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    Carrie Hawk
    ASM International
    Community Engagement Specialist

    440-338-5497
    carrieh@asminternational.org
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  • 2.  RE: Microstructure of Thermoplastic Composite Materials - Free webinar

    Posted 04-25-2022 14:40

    DATE CHANGED ON THIS EVENT - April 26th!

    Struers webinar April 26 at 2:00 PM ET

    Title: Microstructure of Thermoplastic Composite Materials

    REGISTER HERE

    Speaker:  @Ellis Perry, Applications Engineer, Struers Inc.



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    Carrie Hawk
    ASM International
    Community Engagement Specialist

    440-338-5497
    carrieh@asminternational.org
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    Media Kit