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Thermoplastic Composites for quicker manufacturing in Transportation Applications

 Thermoplastic Composites have demonstrated that they can be rapidly processed and meet aerospace performance requirements. Syensqo’s APC can be used for aircraft structure, space components, and other transportation & structural engineering components.

APC portfolio includes carbon fiber PAEK unitapes with excellent performance up to 125C use temperature.

40 years of experience in Aromatic Polymer Composite (APC) 

The APC (Aromatic Polymer Composite) thermoplastic composite tape process was first developed in 1980 by Imperial Chemical Inc (currently AkzoNobel). Since then, our engineering team has continued to innovate and work with customers to improve its technical characteristics. APC is qualified on many different programs in Defense, Commercial Transportation and Rotorcraft including Airbus A320 and Bell Helicopters, Airbus A400M, Leonardo AW101, F18 and F22 Dassault Rafales.

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APC offer high material performance while decreasing weight & process cost

Great material performance including Environmental resistance

APC thermoplastic composite tapes offer:

  • Superior toughness and damage tolerance
  • Excellent environmental resistance 
  • Good resistance to creep and fatigue
  • Possess outstanding flame, smoke, and toxicity performance
  • High level of impregnation allowing consolidation at low pressures

Easier part manufacturing processes

  • Improved melt flow compared to other tapes. The APC range is easier to form into complex shape due to better transverse flow
  • Capable of oven consolidation
  • Resin rich surface tape, which helps tape placement and forming (allowing the operator to fuse the resin rich surface to the previous laid plies)
  • Infinite room temperature storage life

Allowing better efficiency in fabrication and part assembly

APC thermoplastic composite tapes can be utilized in a range of high efficiency processes:

  • Automated Tape Laying (ATL)
  • Roll forming 
  • Press molding and stamping
  • Welding (TPC components that are welded together avoid riveting or adhesive bonding that are more labor intensive and potentially have lower performance)
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