Glass bead filled Polyetherketone (PEK) composite by High Temperature Laser Sintering (HT-LS)
Materials and Design
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Thermal expansion behaviour and mechanical performance of high temperature laser sintered PEK (LS-PEK) and glass bead filled PEK composite (LS-GB/PEK) are reported and discussed for the first time. The laser sintered PEK and its composite show anisotropic thermal expansion properties related with their multilayer structure created by the laser sintering method. Compared with the PEK manufactured by conventional injection moulding (IM-PEK), LS-PEK has a 10% lower tensile strength but a higher hardness due to its greater crystallinity. Addition of glass bead to PEK increases the hardness of PEK without affecting the ultimate tensile strength and also improves the thermal stability of laser sintered parts. The rule of mixtures is applied to simulate the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the LS-GB/PEK composite structures and compare with experimental results. The measured CTE values match the calculated results below Tg and deviate slightly from the simulated trend line above Tg.
Copyright © 2015 Elsevier. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Materials and Design. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Materials and Design, Vol. 83 (2015). DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2015.06.005
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