The plastic, or polymer, “matrix” of a composite material (also known as “resin”) has a significant influence on its overall properties and characteristics, particularly in terms of its compressive and flexural properties, toughness, fire performance and environmental durability.
In this training video, we’ll walk you through an overview of polymer matrices/resins for composites, including an explanation of how polymers differ from other materials, the distinction between thermosetting and thermoplastic polymers, and which types of polymer are most commonly used for composites. These include polyesters, vinylesters, epoxies, phenolics, polypropylenes, nylons and PEEK.
This course is an ideal introduction to polymer matrices for people working within the composites industry, be they scientists or engineers who don’t have a background in composites, or those in non-technical roles who need to be conversant with composite materials and their terminology.
It’s also suitable for those outside the composites industry who need a gentle introduction.
Joe is the Managing Director of NetComposites. He has worked in the composites sector for more than twenty years within a wide range of roles and organisations including multi-nationals (Hexcel), SMEs (NetComposites) and universities (Newcastle and Sheffield). He holds a PhD in composite materials and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
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