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|Composites and high-performance materials back up High-end applications|
|Publish Date: 2020/10/21|
|Composite and high-performance materials providers are actively seeking for breakthroughs, they have carried out more in-depth development of composites and high-performance materials, which continuously add new impetus to a wider range of application markets and scenarios.
High-performance materials facing 5G challenges
5G technology is advancing at an astonishing rate. It also reshapes the new infrastructure development e.g. 5G networks, IoT, big data center and enhance the application of AI, 5G mobile phones, autonomous driving, telemedicine etc. More high-performance plastic materials are applied in supporting 5G such like the outer frame, keyboard, back cover, middle frame, bracket and other components with covering, decoration, support and connection applications in terminal appliance and 5G base station outer casings, filters, antenna elements, etc.,
Designers developing electronic devices for 5G face many challenges. One issue is that many 5G applications (like autonomous driving) will require near-real-time access to large volumes of rapidly changing data with minimal delay or distortion in order to mimic human reaction times and ensure safe operation of self-driving vehicles. That necessitates that materials used in connectors, cables, and other components deliver very-low latency and very-low signal loss. To meet these trends, Sumitomo Chemical has introduced new liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) with very-low and consistent dielectric constant and very-low dissipation factor (loss tangent), thermotropic, injection moldable or extrudable polyester-based LCP grades specifically formulated to meet the needs of 5G, and is offering data to help electrical engineers better understand and simulate the performance of these materials. SumikaSuper™E6205L and SumikaSuper SR1205L, both are characterized by lower dielectric constant values than standard LCP grades — a property necessary to enable reliable, higher volume data transmission.
Innovative materials contribute to sustainable innovations in medical 3D printing
Medical 3D printing is one of the hot segments of the 3D printing industry. With the continuous promotion of 3D technology, the transformation and upgrading of the service mode of the traditional medical industry is accelerated to make it more intelligent, professional and efficient. According to market research institute analysis, the global market for 3D-printed medical devices has been growing at a compound annual growth rate of 25.3% from 2015 to 2020, and will reach 7.33 billion dollars by 2020.
Evonik has developed a new osteoconductive polyether ether ketone (PEEK) for the medical technology market that improves the fusion between the bone and the implant. With the introduction of the new biomaterial, the company is launching a new product line of next-generation PEEK-based implant materials that it will market under the brand name VESTAKEEP Fusion. As the first biomaterial in Evonik’s new Fusion product line, VESTAKEEP iC4800 is with outstanding mechanical properties, which are similar to those of human bone. Like all other PEEK-based, high-performance polymers for medical technology applications, the newly developed biomaterial does not produce any artifacts in imaging processes such as X-ray or MRI. The new product line and its osteoconductive properties expand Evonik’s existing portfolio of biomaterials for implants in long-term contact with the body, offering a metal-free alternative to titanium implants.
More possibilities for the expansion of high-end applications of glass fiber composites
Wind power continues to dominate the renewable energy sector and remains the world's largest market for fiberglass reinforced composites. The global market for wind turbine composites is projected to exceed $12 billion by 2023 and is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 9.6% by 2023.
In August, China Jushi released E9 ultra-high modulus fiberglass. The E9 glass fiber modulus exceeds 100GPa, bringing a new high level of modulus to the glass fiber field, which is a milestone for the glass fiber industry. Jushi has realized the mass production of E9 glass fiber by using advanced production technology independently developed, which has significantly improved the cost performance and product competitiveness of ultra-high modulus glass fiber. E9 glass fiber provides a new and higher performance technology platform, can provide customers with new solutions with unique value, and provides greater possibilities for the expansion of high-end applications of glass fiber composites. E9 glass fiber has broad application prospects in wind power, infrastructure, transportation, aviation, aerospace and other fields, such as large wind blades, fiber optic cable reinforcement, aircraft parts, automobile manufacturing, temperature resistant materials, sports equipment, etc.
In the future, composite and high-performance materials are still important materials because of their competitiveness and the diversity of their applications. With "New Era• New Potential• Innovation for Sustainability" as the new theme and slogan, CHINAPLAS 2021 will take over the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center, from April 13-16 next year. We hope you can join us, along with visitors from different enduser markets of plastics and rubber industries from around the globe, to explore the countless materials innovations and technology developments in this exciting new location and venue.
Source: CPRJ, 环资材料, ChinaSmcBmc, 3D Printing World