Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic

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Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites Solution

Jota Machinery is dedicated to providing hot melt prepreg machine solutions for aerospace and automotive industries.

We published the fiberglass UD prepreg machine in 2020.

In 2023, we published the carbon fiber thermoset and thermoplastic prepreg line at the same time.

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Advancements and Applications of Continuous Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic

Continuous carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites use continuous carbon fibers as the reinforcing material, effectively inheriting the mechanical properties of carbon fibers.

Combined with the re-processability of thermoplastic resins, the resultant thermoplastic carbon fiber composites exhibit outstanding overall performance.

Carbon Fiber (CF)

Carbon fiber is produced by carbonizing organic fibers in an inert atmosphere at high temperatures.

It possesses high strength, high specific modulus, excellent thermal performance, chemical stability, damping, and noise reduction characteristics, making it an excellent reinforcing material.

Thermoplastic Composite vs. Traditional Thermoset Prepreg

Compared to traditional thermoset prepreg, thermoplastic composites have shorter molding cycles, lower chemical toxicity, higher toughness, impact resistance, and damage tolerance.

They also offer long storage life for prepregs and strong mass production capabilities.

Thermoplastic composites reinforced with carbon fiber combine the benefits of both CF and thermoplastic resins.

Unlike thermosets, they do not undergo chemical crosslinking upon molding, allowing for remelting and remolding, facilitating material recycling and reuse, and addressing the disposal issues of thermoset CF materials after their service life.

Processing Characteristics

Thermoplastic resin-based carbon fiber composites undergo crystallization and glass transition during processing, whereas thermoset resin-based carbon fiber composites undergo crosslinking and curing reactions.

Although thermoplastic carbon fiber composites are more challenging to impregnate during preparation than thermoset carbon fiber composites, they have distinct advantages such as shorter molding cycles, better impact resistance, and weldability.

Applications

Components made from carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites are characterized by low density, high strength, high toughness, and recyclability.

These properties provide broad application prospects in aerospace, military, high-end machinery, and medical fields.

Why Choose Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic ?

Carbon fiber reinforced composites (CFRP) differ from other fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites that use traditional fibers like glass fiber or aramid fiber.

The superior performance of CFRP composites includes:

Lightweight: Traditional glass fiber reinforced composites use continuous glass fibers with a content of 70% (by weight), typically having a density of 0.065 pounds per cubic inch.

High Strength: Despite being lightweight, CFRP composites have higher strength and greater stiffness per unit weight compared to glass fiber composites. When compared to metal materials, this advantage is even more pronounced. For instance, CFRP materials weigh only one-fifth as much as steel for the same strength, highlighting why automotive manufacturers are exploring carbon fiber to replace steel and enhance product performance.

Comparison with Aluminum: When compared to aluminum, one of the lightest metals, CFRP composites weigh about one and a half times less for equivalent strength.

Common Resin Matrices for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic

Commonly used resin matrices include Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK), Thermoplastic Polyimide (TPI), Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS), and Polyether Ketone Ketone (PEKK).

Below is a brief introduction to three types of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites:

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Polyimide (PI) Composites

As a new generation of high-performance specialty engineering plastics, thermoplastic polyimide retains the high strength, high-temperature resistance, chemical corrosion resistance, good dielectric properties, and radiation resistance of traditional thermoset polyimides, with additional advantages in toughness and thermal processing.

Besides thermal compression molding, it can also be extruded, or injection molded.

The addition of carbon fiber significantly enhances the mechanical properties of thermoplastic polyimide, with tensile and flexural strength approximately 2-3 times that of pure resin when the carbon fiber volume fraction reaches 30%.

This reinforcement also imparts superior heat resistance and mechanical properties, making it a higher-grade wear-resistant and corrosion-resistant high-performance material.

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS) Composites

Polyphenylene sulfide is a favored thermoplastic resin in the composite materials industry due to its excellent mechanical properties, corrosion resistance, and self-extinguishing properties, making it a common matrix material for high-performance composites.

The mechanical properties of carbon fiber reinforced PPS composites are influenced by the carbon fiber content, with higher carbon fiber content enhancing load-bearing capacity.

Experiments have shown that under temperature variations up to 100°C, the interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) of continuous carbon fiber reinforced PPS composite panels remains stable.

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK) Composites

Carbon fiber reinforced PEEK(CF/PEEK) is one of the highest heat-resistant thermoplastics, with a long-term use temperature of up to 250°C and maintaining excellent mechanical properties even at 300°C.

Carbon fiber modified PEEK not only improves the strength and rigidity of PEEK but also imparts conductivity and wear resistance.

For instance, 30% carbon fiber reinforced PEEK shows significantly improved wear resistance compared to pure PEEK resin.

Our technical team found that systematic examination of the relationship between fiber tension, hot melt UD impregnation effect, and mechanical properties of composites reveals that certain fiber tension favors fiber dispersion, while excessive tension causes fiber bundling, hindering impregnation.

Fiber tension significantly affects the tensile strength and modulus of composites.

PEEK has high rigidity, good dimensional stability, low coefficient of linear expansion, can withstand significant stress without noticeable elongation over time, has low density, and good processing performance, making it suitable for precision parts.

PEEK itself is one of the most heat-resistant thermoplastic resins, with a long-term working temperature of up to 250°C, and its mechanical properties are largely unaffected by high temperatures.

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Thermoplastic PEEK Resin

Using carbon fiber as a reinforcing material further enhances PEEK’s performance in strength, rigidity, and wear resistance, significantly extending the product’s overall service life.

Experiments show that when the carbon fiber content is between 25%-30%, the wear resistance of PEEK-based composites is significantly improved, enhancing their application value and range.

Future Development of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic

In the coming years, the carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites industry is expected to exhibit the following trends:

Increased Application Proportion Driven by Lightweight Demand

Various industries, from aerospace to industrial manufacturing, seek innovative methods to reduce excess weight while ensuring safety and reliability.

For instance, electric or fuel cell engine-equipped vehicles can increase their range by reducing the weight of structural or powertrain components.

Our company custom-made carbon fiber battery cases for automotive manufacturers, reducing weight by one-third compared to metal cases.

Heavy-duty, high-load, and durable industrial equipment can achieve lightweight and precise structures using high-strength and better-performing materials.

The use of carbon fiber products in our prepreg slitting machines and thermoset carbon fiber prepreg production equipment, including carbon fiber unwinding air expanding shaft and drive rollers, aims to reduce weight.

The lightweight application of carbon fiber significantly promotes its application proportion in various industries.

Individualized and Diversified Performance Needs

To meet specific material requirements in certain industries, carbon fiber composite component manufacturers need to continually develop carbon fiber composites with specific application performance characteristics, such as high-temperature resistance and flame retardancy, to expand the application range of carbon fiber composites.

For example, in material selection for aviation, rail transportation, and automotive manufacturing, passenger safety is a key consideration, making flame-retardant carbon fiber composites more suitable for these applications.

Continuous carbon fiber reinforced PEEK composites effectively enhance self-lubricating and wear resistance performance of parts.

Furthermore, this continuous carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite products can be adjusted or altered in performance by selecting different types of matrix materials, varying carbon fiber content, and modifying the manufacturing process. Thus, the application needs of industries drive the development of carbon fiber composites.

Recyclability as an Important Development Goal

From the perspective of the full life cycle of materials, thermoset carbon fiber composites face challenges.

To address this issue, there are two main solutions: conducting recyclability research on current carbon fiber composites or directly using thermoplastic resin matrices instead of thermoset resin matrices.

Today, the emerging continuous carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite manufacturing technology is striving to surpass traditional carbon fiber reinforced thermoset composites, providing higher-performance application products for specific users in aerospace, military, rail transportation, intelligent machinery, and high-end medical markets.

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