A new thermoplastic composite sheet is claimed to have twice the impact resistance of thermoset FRP at a reduced weight and less cost.

A new thermoplastic composite sheet is claimed to have twice the impact resistance of thermoset FRP at a reduced weight and less cost. Versitex sheet from U.S. Liner Co., Cranberry Township, Pa., is aimed at truck trailers, cargo and storage containers, building and construction, and recreational vehicles. Nonwoven continuous glass is impregnated with PP and laminated to create a thin, tough biaxial structure. Sheet properties include multi-axial impact strength of 4.5 to 38.9 ft-lb, tensile strength of 33,500 psi, elongation of 2.6%, tensile modulus of 1.5 million psi, and density of 1.4 g/cc. Thermal expansion coefficient is comparable to that of aluminum. A 0.080-in thick sheet is claimedto be lighter and significantly tougher than plywood. Versitex is priced competitively vs. thermoset FRP. Thicknesses of 0.040 to 0.200 in. and widths up to 108 in. are available. It is typically supplied in bulk coils up to 1200 ft long. Tel: (724) 776-4044 . www.bulitex.com

U.S. Liner Co.
19 Leonberg Rd. Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Phone (724) 776-4044 Fax (724) 776-4045