Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Reinforced Thermoplastic

  • Jan W. Gooch
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_9888

n (RTP) A reinforced structure in which the bonding resin is a thermoplastic rather than a thermoset. Over the past 2 decades, applications for RTP have grown rapidly, mainly based on nylons, polycarbonates, acetal resins, polystyrene, polypropylene, and  Advanced Resins. The tensile strength and modulus of a thermoplastic can be at least doubled by the addition of glass reinforcement, and creep under load is greatly decreased. Because thermoplastics are remeltable, RTPs are most commonly produced as palletized molding compounds for injection molding.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA