Reinforced plastic

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MFA Acc. #: 2002.629

Description

A composite plastic that is stronger than the pure resin because it contains a reinforcing material. Examples of reinforcement are fibers, filaments, mats, or fabrics made of glass, metal, carbon, boron, or aluminum silicate. The types of plastics used for base resins are: polyester, epoxy, phenolic, polypropylene, polystyrene, nylon, polycarbonate, and polyphenylene oxide.

Synonyms and Related Terms

plástico reforzado (Esp.); plastique renforcé (Fr.); plastica rinforzata (It.); plático reforçado (Port.)

Additional Information

Reinforced Plastics/Composites Institute of the SPI, 355 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10017

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988