Disco-Tex. It has nothing to do with Saturday Night Fever.
No, it's an aligned, discontinuous carbon-fiber fabric that uses a thermoplastic as a matrix. It's produced by Pepin Associates Inc. of Greenville, Maine.
Materials that can be used are aerospace-grade carbon fiber and nylon, plus polyphenylene sulfide and high-temperature thermoplastics like polyetherimide.
Pepin Associates also has developed a glass-reinforced version of Disco-Tex that uses recycled, post-consumer PET from soda bottles. The material was used to make a demonstration crush-zone part for a compact car.
The firm believes that Disco-Tex made from carbon and thermoplastics also will be 100 percent recyclable.
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