With European directives for lead elimination in electronics coming into effect next year, RTP Co. has formulated a wide range of engineering plastic compounds that withstand the higher temperatures of lead-free soldering. Components exposed to these soldering processes have to withstand temperatures of 260C or higher. Among the RTP compounds that fit the bill are those based on PEEK, LCP, PPS, PPA, and HTN. A detailed look at the products that can stand up to high-temperature soldering can be found at www.rtpcompany.com/soldering.
With a better understanding of materials’ response to load and temperature, researchers could potentially use the knowledge to improve design. The research could even help geologists studying plate tectonics.
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