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Composites Meet War Demands

Posted October 06, 2006 1:44 PM

If necessity is the mother of invention, war is a quickening catalyst. It's not surprising, therefore, that the war in Iraq has resulted in new composite materials and processing techniques. Plastics Technology describes a number of these developments, including: radar adsorbing "stealth" composites; thermoplastic RTM; and ballistic PP tape.

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10/06/2006 1:56 PM

Right on. Anyone ever heard of Roy J. Plunkett? How about Teflon (PTFE)? Well, long before Teflon was used as a non-stick coating for pots and pans, it helped win World War II. The Manhattan Project used two-thirds of all the PTFE that DuPont could produce to separate uranium isotopes via gaseous infusion. The remaining quantities of the substance were used in proximity bombs, airplane engines, and explosives.

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02/02/2007 4:39 AM

Er, "win" depends on national perspective. "End" does not.

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