Leading research institute validates superior impact resistance of PDCPD material

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  • Exceptional impact strength and fatigue resistance
  • PDCPD used as matrix in glass fiber composite
  • 50% higher impact resistance than common epoxy composites

An impact resistance and fatigue-testing study has found that Telene, a thermoset polydicyclopentadiene (PDCPD), used as a matrix in a glass fiber composite, demonstrated exceptional impact strength and fatigue resistance for products subject to high stress factors.

50% higher impact resistance than common epoxy composites

The study, released by the Department of Materials Engineering at the University of Leuven (Belgium), renowned worldwide for its expertise in research, development and testing of advanced-composite technology, found that Telene exhibited fifty percent greater resistance in impact testing and four times longer life in fatigue testing than epoxy samples did, while maintaining the same overall tensile strength.

PDCPD used as matrix in glass fiber composite

The study compared Telene alongside an equivalent epoxy composite commonly used in the laminate process. While the epoxy-based laminates used with glass fibers exhibited revealed early local damage and loss of mechanical properties, Telene retained its mechanical characteristics throughout the extended testing protocol, until break.

An abstract and the full study are available from Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesa.2015.08.016

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