AP-60 polymer is for sealing in high-pressure, high-temperature settings that also require high resistance to wear and friction. The material is a fully fluorinated, chemically modified fluropolymer alloy of Alkoxy-TFE with a fraction of polybenzmidazole as a polymer matrix. It is reinforced with organo-metallic microspheres and high-purity graphite fibers. The polymer seals at 650F and 2,500 psi, with intermittent high-temperature excursions.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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