High Performance Synthetic Fibers for Composites by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Materials Advisory Board, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Committee on High Performance Synthetic Fibers for Composites

Excessive functionality artificial fibers are key elements of composite fabrics - a category of fabrics very important for U.S. army know-how and for the civilian financial system. This publication addresses the key learn and improvement possibilities for current and destiny structural composite functions, and identifies steps that may be taken to speed up the commercialization of this severe fiber expertise within the usa. The booklet stresses the necessity for remodeling collage curricula to mirror the interdisciplinary nature of fiber technological know-how and know-how. It additionally urges a lot better govt and cooperation in aid of educational guide and study and improvement in fiber-related disciplines.

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Thus, federal funding may be necessary both to ensure a domestic source for these fibers and to support the research and development needed to improve manufacturability and reduce costs. When this is the case, it is especially important for the government sponsor and the funded development group to establish a relationship based on cooperation, rather than on strict oversight, to accelerate fiber development and minimize management costs. Present performance-driven applications provide the opportunity and the need to develop a strong domestic technology base in the high-performance fibers required for composite materials.

Since the reinforcing fibers can be oriented during fabrication of an item, composites can be tailored to meet increased load demands in specific directions. The combined fiber-matrix system is an engineered material designed to maximize mechanical and environmental performance. There is an important, but not generally well understood, difference between the development time for traditional materials compared to that for high-performance fibers. Because a composite material is a complex system of two components coupled at an interface, the time required to develop and optimize new highperformance fibers for a particular application is much longer than that needed for the development of traditional materials.

1. Advantages of PMCs Good specific stiffness and strength Fatigue resistance Low density Low coefficient of thermal expansion Ease of fabrication Creep and creep fracture resistance Relatively low raw materials cost Excellent in-service experience Potential for lower cost fabrication methods Property "tailorability" to application requirements Corrosion resistance Major Current Fibers Properties; Demand PMCs are made by combining reinforcing fibers containing high strength and stiffness properties with polymeric matrices to produce tailored materials with combined performance not possible with either constituent alone.

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