The decision of the suitable matrix material is only the first step to create the optimal high-performance material.
Fillers such as glass fibres or carbon fibres for reinforcement or dry lubricants such as molybdenum sulphide or graphite actually provide the polymer with the important target properties for its application such as mechanical rigidity, hardness, friction and wear and tear – here, the perfect mix is often the decisive factor.
High-performance polymers are manufactured at STASSKOL based on powder components using an optimised blending system. This has the advantage that, in addition to standard material processing, individual customer mixtures can be manufactured fast and efficiently.
Tensile and bending tests, the determination of impact strength, thermal expansion and heat resistance as well as the characterisation of tribological properties with numerous gases depict only an excerpt of the available analytic methods. Often, particularly the connection of the filling materials to the high-temperature polymer matrix is the decisive factor.
Here, scanning electron microscopy proves to be a helpful means for making the correct choice when using compatibilisers. You can also use our competences to analyse a competitor’s material and to copy it using “reverse engineering” and outperform it by further optimisation.