Carbon-filled polyetherimide - Sabic Innovative Polymers

June 25, 2010
The compounds compete with aluminum for aircraft applications.

Carbon-fiber-filled grades of Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) contain aerospace-grade carbon fibers for 38.3-psi tensile strength, higher stiffness, and better impact resistance. The compounds' specific gravity is 1.44, 50% lower than aircraft-grade aluminums.
The materials are designed for compression and injection molding and extrusion. They meet FAA flammability FAR 25.853, smoke density and heat release requirements for OSU 65/65.

Sabic Innovative Polymers, 1 Plastics Ave.,
Pittsfield, MA 01201, (413)448-7110, www.sabic-ip.com

About the Author

Jessica Shapiro

Jessica serves as Associate Editor - 3 years service, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University.

Work experience: Materials engineer, The Boeing Company; Primary editor for mechanical and fastening & joining.

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