Why the Effect of Anisotropic Fillers on Thermal Expansion is Process-Dependent

Fillers are added to a polymer matrix to improve the mechanical performance of the finished product. The orientation of such fillers depends on the processing conditions. Learn how the overall content, shape and orientation of copper fibers influence the coefficient of thermal volume expansion.

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Material Science in Additive Manufacturing: Warpage Prediction of PBF Parts Using CTE

Residual stress can lead to warpage of a 3D-printed part. Both Dynamic Mechanical and Thermomechanical Analysis are capable to estimate warpage. In this video, Dr. Natalie Rudolph explains, how the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE), measured with Thermomechanical Analysis, can be used to predict and calculate warpage.

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Coefficient of Thermal Expansion: A Crucial Material Property


The design of parts and components made of fiber-reinforced composites needs to take the coefficient of thermal expansion into account because it determines the extent to which a material changes its dimensions when heated or cooled. Thermomechanical Analysis is the perfect method to predict product performance and processing behavior. Read our contribution to the journal Kunststoffe International for an overview of applications.

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Estimating Warpage of Selective Laser Sintering Parts Using Thermomechanical Analysis


The plastics used in Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) have a higher thermal expansion when compared with other materials. Therefore, it is important to know how the dimensions of an SLS part change at different temperatures during the build and during use. The higher the thermal expansion coefficient, the more prone are the parts to warpage or curling and the build-up of residual stresses. Learn more!

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What TMA Measurements Can Tell About Filler Orientation in Injection Molding

Fillers have long played an important role in the polymer manufacturing industry. An important property to measure how the filled material changes in length when being heated or cooled is the coefficient of thermal expansion. Knowledge about this material behavior is required to be able to determine important design values. Learn how the flow field and sample preparation influences the property and see how measurements with the TMA 402 F3 Hyperion® Polymer Edition are carried out.

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