Use of Glass Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites for Performance and Design Flexibility 890248
Stampable glass reinforced thermoplastic sheet is projected to grow at 24% per year through the year 2000.  The features of these composites that support such positive predictions are: high strength to weight ratio, excellent energy management, high productivity, low cost and versatility. Experience in automotive applications during the last decade have led to increased designer acceptance of thermoplastic composites.
The joint venture between GE Plastics and PPG Industries, AZDEL, Inc., has spawned new products as well as advances in processing and characterization techniques. Complementary product lines based on long fiber nonwoven glass mat and discrete half to two inch fibers in a variety of resin matrices are positioned to support growth in automotive, Large vehicle, materials handling, building and construction, appliance and lawn and garden market segments.
This paper focuses on the performance and versatility of these thermoplastic composites.