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REINFORCED PLASTIC COMPOSITE WITHSTANDS MACHINE STRESSES

09-01-2018
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insulated rail joints

Wearply is a reinforced plastic composite from Cut To Size Plastics suitable for applications from insulated rail joints, to vibratory conveyor leaf springs and electrical motor, generator and transformer components.

Components made from this durable composite weigh less than those made from aluminium but have up to 10 times the specific strength of 1020 steel. And they can withstand millions of stress cycles at 1400bar.

Wearply is made from epoxy resins reinforced with continuously aligned nonwoven filaments. And the plies can be laid to give greater strength and stiffness in the direction, or directions, in which it is most needed.

“This advanced engineering material is winning the attention of machinery designers globally for its superior performance in a huge range of applications, from rail, materials handling facilities and associated electrical plant through to vibratory machinery in minerals and primary production processing and loading applications,” says Pat Flood, NSW Manager of Cut To Size Plastics.

“The same qualities that make it suitable for advanced aerospace and medical applications – such as helicopter blades and MRI equipment – mean it can be employed with confidence in rail, materials handling, marine and ship loading and high-precision tasks where reliability is vital,” says Flood.

Other advantages of Wearply include its chemical and corrosion resistance, which makes it suitable for use in vibratory conveyors, feeders and screening equipment working in aggressive environments, including rail and minerals loading facilities.

It can also act as an electrical insulator in areas such as rail jointing, where it is used in standard, heavy duty and adhesive types, and as a structural high-temperature composite in generators and transformers.

It also features high elastic storage capacity combined with high mechanical strength. This means it provides higher resilience than normal steel leaf springs, higher internal damping, well balanced resilience and six-times the elastic energy storage capacity of steel springs. These attributes make it ideal for use in shock and strut structures.

Cut To Size Plastics
02 9681 0400
www.cuttosize.com.au

 

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