Polymer-Matrix Composites

Technology Map Detailed Contents March 2017

Importance of the Technology

The Technology in Brief

  • Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Matrix Materials (Resins)
  • Reinforcements
  • Prepregs
  • SMC and BMC
  • LFRT Materials
    • Long-Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastic Pellets
    • Direct Long-Fiber-Thermoplastic Processing
  • Glass-Mat-Thermoplastic Composites
  • Continuous-Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites
  • Self-Reinforced Polypropylene
  • Gel Coats
  • Cores
  • Basic Manufacturing Processes

Commercial Development Parameters

  • Demand Factors
  • General Constraints
    • Cost and Availability of Carbon Fiber
    • Cost of Manufacturing Advanced Composites
    • Human Resources
  • Synergistic Technologies
    • Nanomaterials
    • CAD, FEA, and PLM Software
    • Nondestructive Testing
  • Competing Technologies
  • Required Resources
  • Regulatory Factors
    • Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
    • Renewable Portfolio Standards
    • Recycling and Sustainability
    • Occupational Health and Safety

Areas to Monitor

  • PMC Use in Aircraft
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Demand for Wind Energy
  • PMC Use in Cars
  • Automation
  • Carbon-Fiber Supply
  • Carbon Nanocomposites
  • Recycling Requirements
  • Biocomposites
  • Thermoplastic Composites
  • Structural Monitoring and Smart Composites
  • Self-Healing Composites
  • 3D Printing
  • Intellectual Property

Implications of Commercialization

  • Healthy Growth in Demand
  • Advances in Technology
  • Stagnant Markets

Opportunities

  • Airplanes
    • Technology
    • Industry Structure
    • Composites-Intensive Aircraft
    • Commercial Opportunities
  • Automobiles and Trucks
    • Industry Structure
    • Commercial Opportunities
  • Bridges and Marine Pilings
    • Technology
    • Industry Structure
    • Commercial Opportunities
  • Corrosion-Resistant Pipes and Tanks
    • Technology
    • Industry Structure
    • Commercial Opportunities
  • Electricity Transmissions and Distribution
    • Technology
    • Industry Structure
    • Commercial Opportunities
  • Helicopters
    • Technology and Applications
    • Industry Structure
    • Commercial Opportunities
  • Marine Craft
    • Technology
    • Industry Structure
    • Commercial Opportunities
  • Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
    • Industry Structure
    • Commercial Opportunities
  • Printed-Circuit Boards
    • Technology
    • Industry Structure
    • Commercial Opportunities
  • Rail Transportation
    • Industry Structure
    • Commercial Opportunities
  • Sports Equipment
    • Technology
    • Industry Structure
    • Commercial Opportunities
  • Wind Turbines
    • Technology
    • Industry Structure
    • Commercial Opportunities

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