Thermosets, also known as phenolics, are remarkable types of machinable plastic. Phenolics are both unique and versatile. They can be used in numerous applications and their properties are one-of-a-kind. Thermoset plastics deliver amazing properties because they combine composite materials with resins. The composites are wide-ranging. They include canvas, glass fiber, paper, and woven cotton. These composites are mixed with epoxy resins or phenolic resins. Together, the combination leads to stiff, strong materials.

First, we’ll take a look at the advantages of using phenolics. Then, we’ll discuss the applications and industries to which they provide the most value.

Key Elements

Thermosets offer resistance to abrasion and impact. They can also resist an array of chemicals and corrosion. Those factors, along with the mixture of composite materials and resin, make it impressively durable. At the same time, it is a lightweight material, which Polymershapes can offer as a sheet or a tube.

Adding to its durability is its ability to withstand both friction and material fatigue. Phenolics won’t wear out on you. It has high tensile strength, it’s a compressive material, and it has impressive flexural strength and impact strength.

Best Applications

Thermoset plastic is helpful in an array of common applications. It’s found in the aerospace industry and in vehicles including armored trucks, buses, and trains. The stiff material is effective in buildings and other types of construction, but it’s also valuable in smaller applications, such as bearings, die cutters, gaskets, and gears, among others. Phenolics can be used in machine shops and in the milling and mining industries, too.

To find out more about the possible applications of thermosets, contact Polymershapes today.