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.)
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Sources Checked for Data in Record
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- Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988