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Complēt™ Long Fiber Reinforced Structural Thermoplastics

Complēt™ Long Fiber Reinforced Structural Thermoplastics 

Metal Replacement Solution 

Complēt™ long fiber reinforced thermoplastics are structural injection molding composites with metal replacement performance.  This product line encompasses a large net of specialty solutions that are tailored to solve light weighting initiatives for a variety of industries.  Fiber reinforcements include long glass fiber, long carbon fiber and long hybrid (glass + carbon) fiber.  Resin technologies utilized in these formulations include a breadth of options including a variety of polyamides, rigid thermoplastic polyurethanes and specialty resin solutions (such as PES, PEI, PEEK). 
 
These products showcase or continually advancing technologies and formulation capabilities, continually expanding new solutions into new markets eager for metal replacement alternatives.  This includes our most recent new product offerings of Complet PKE, Complet Moisture Resistant Nylons and Complet REC grades.
 
With appropriate material selection and part design optimization, long carbon fiber materials can reduce the weight of components up to 40% compared to aluminum.  Additional benefits include high strength and stiffness performance, creep resistance, fatigue endurance, elevated and low temperature performance, dimensional stability, and corrosion and chemical resistance.

Customized, single-pellet solutions are highly encouraged – utilize our formulation expertise to make your production process as efficient as possible.  Color matching, UV performance enhancements and lubrication additives are just a few of the many performance additive solutions that we offer.

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Lightweighting

Benefits

  • Improved strength and toughness vs. short fiber
  • High strength-to-weight ratio
  • Retains performance across low and elevated temperatures
  • Load carrying creep and fatigue resistance
  • Excellent dimensional stability
  • Very good corrosion and chemical resistance
  • Can be processed on standard injection molding machines

Properties and Comparisons

Complēt long fiber pellets are cut to a 12mm chop length, with unidirectional fiber reinforcement throughout the pellet (12mm pellet = 12mm fiber length).  See how the fiber length directly correlates to increased stiffness, strength and impact performance.  Pellet lengths can be tailored between 6mm and 15mm, but 12 typical length is 12.

Complet thermoplastic solutions have a high strength-to-weight ratio, allowing them to go head-to-head with traditional metal performance. 

Complēt long fiber solutions have a significant jump in mechanical properties when compared to an unreinforced resin or a short fiber reinforced resin – most notably in toughness. 

Technologies
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Long Fiber Technologies Applications Description/Product Features
Complēt™ LGF Transportation underhood and powertrain, off-road recreational vehicles, automotive aftermarket parts, portable tools and equipment, and healthcare Long glass fiber reinforced engineering resins with enhanced mechanical properties that obtain metal-like structural capabilities. Provides high impact and fatigue resistance
Complēt™ LCF Sports and recreation gear, aerospace interiors, robotics, and industrial equipment Higher performance long carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics for weight sensitive applications or more load-carrying capability
Complēt™ Hybrid Sports and recreation gear or automotive underhood and powertrain Synergistically combines long carbon and long glass fiber together in a unified material to optimize performance and cost
Complēt™ MT Sports and recreation gear or industrial equipment Maximum toughness, long fiber reinforced nylon 6 or 66 formulated for extra impact and fatigue resistance for demanding applications
Complēt™ Moisture Resistant Automotive, powersports, automotive aftermarket parts and consumer applications Long fiber reinforced nylon 6 or 66 composites providing consistent performance in moisture-rich environments. Long glass fiber formulations offer surface appearance free of visible fiber
Complēt™ REC Sports & recreation gear, office furnishings, or automotive Post-consumer recycled (PCR) and post-industrial recycled (PIR) resins up-engineered with long fiber reinforcement. Recycled resin content customizable to meet performance and sustainability requirements
Complēt™ PKE Pipes, tubing, fluid management, electrical connectors, battery components, under-the-hood fuel/chemical contact components, non-structural interior components, oil and gas components Long glass fiber reinforced polyketone that delivers excellent chemical resistance, low moisture uptake, and dimensional stability similar to nylon (PA6 and PA66). They also offer over 2x higher impact properties than short fiber reinforced solutions, while maintaining impact properties in cold and demanding environments
NAME CATEGORY DESCRIPTION  
Automotive Aftermarket Side Step Case Study (Snapshot) Moisture-resistant Complēt™ long glass fiber reinforced formulation improves strength, design freedom, and finish View
Internal Frame Structure for Hunting Backpack Case Study (Snapshot) Injection molded Complēt™ long carbon fiber reinforced nylon composite delivered high stiffness and low weight while simplifying manufacturing View
Advanced Simulation Capabilities for Structural Applications Video Learn more about enhanced modeling and design technology capabilities to more accurately predict long fiber reinforced thermoplastic performance in structural metal replacement applications View
Aerospace Passenger Seating Components Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long carbon fiber reinforced PES composite reduced weight 40% and met FAA requirements for flammability and survivability View
Aerospace Seating Component Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ LCF PES formulation delivered lightweighting for an aerospace seat component through metal replacement (replacing aluminum) View
Automotive Aftermarket Motor Mount Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ 50% long glass fiber reinforced specialty PA66 thermoplastic replaces die-cast aluminum View
Automotive Aftermarket Overview Application Overview Overview of the needs within automotive aftermarket and the long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) technologies to meet those needs View
Automotive Removable Roof Bracket Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long carbon fiber reinforced polyphthalamide composite replaced steel in bracket securing roof panels and achieved an 80% weight reduction View
Automotive Steering Column Bracket Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long carbon fiber reinforced nylon composite replaced metal steering column supports and lowered weight by 50% View
Avient Long Fiber Technology Video Provides structural performance that can go head-to-head with metals at a fraction of the weight View
Benefits of LFT White Paper Explore the unique capabilities of specialty long fiber reinforced composites View
Bettcher Industries – Case Study Case Study Metal replacement, design improvements and Complēt™ long fiber technology provide powerful solution for Bettcher Industries View
Complēt REC Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics Product/Service Overview Performance data and information on Complēt REC long fiber reinforced composites incorporating recycled resin View
Complēt REC Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics Video Introducing Complēt REC long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFT) containing post consumer and post industrial recycled material View
Complēt REC Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics (Chinese) Video Introducing Complēt REC long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFT) containing post consumer and post industrial recycled material (Chinese language version) View
Complēt™ & OnForce™ Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites Processing & Design Guides Guidance on key elements of preparation and molding process for Complet & OnForce LFT View
Complēt™ and OnForce™ Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites - Design Guide Processing & Design Guides Download this guide to learn how to design ribs, bosses, and other features that stand the test of time, better ways to process LFT materials, what to do to minimize part defects and more about Complēt™ and OnForce™ Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites View
Complēt™ LFT - Stronger. Tougher. Lighter. Video Compare the strength, toughness and weight of long fiber thermoplastics against other materials View
Complēt™ LFT Automotive Aftermarket Side Step Case Study Complēt™ Long Fiber Reinforced Structural Thermoplastics used in automotive aftermarket side step View
Complēt™ Moisture Resistant Long Fiber Thermoplastic Nylons Video Complēt™ Moisture Resistant Long Fiber Thermoplastic Nylons provide gradual moisture uptake to maintain structural properties longer View
Complēt™ Moisture Resistant Nylons Product/Service Overview Environmentally stabilized nylon 6 and 6/6 long fiber composites for application intermittently exposed to water high humidity that require consistent structural performance View
Complēt™/OnForce™ LFT Overview Product/Service Overview Optimize stiffness, strength, and toughness to obtain structural performance with lightweight long fiber reinforced thermoplastics.  View
Craftech Non-Metallic Fasteners Case Study (Snapshot) Custom formulated and pre-colored Complēt™ long glass fiber reinforced ETPU composite offered corrosion resistance while matching the structural capabilities of metal fasteners View
Engineered Materials for EV Batteries Infographic Discover engineered polymers to advance battery design and performance View
Engineered Polymer Materials for EV Batteries Video Learn more about advanced polymer technologies that enhance EV battery design and performance to enable benefits such as extended vehicle range, lightweighting and sustainability. View
Environmentally Stabilized Composites White Paper Learn more about moisture resistant nylon long fiber reinforced composites View
Fan for Outdoor Blower and Vacuum Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt MT proved material performance success through extensive Mold Flow and FEA simulations to prove concept without prototyping and minimize development costs View
Injection Molded Composite Baseball Bat Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long carbon fiber reinforced composites allows deployment of injection molded material solution for design flexibility and customization View
Innovative Office Furniture Task Chair Case Study (Snapshot) Strategically positioned unidirectional tape inserts overmolded with Complēt™ long glass fiber reinforced nylon composite provide fatigue endurance to allow part reduction for office chair View
Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic (LFT) Solutions for Bicycles Application Graphic Explore long fiber reinforced thermoplastic (LFT) solutions that meet various bicycle application demands View
Personal Watercraft OEM Steering Column Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt Hybrid Moisture Resistant Composite provided part consolidation, design consultation, and robust FEA support View
Piranha Marine Propeller Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ MT Long Glass Fiber Reinforced Nylon 6 improved durability and vibration damping allowing the blades to flex and absorb energy from minor impacts View
Piranha Propeller - Case Study Case Study Read how long fiber composites helped Piranha Propellers add toughness and design flexibility View
Scorpyd Crossbow Integrated Rail and Riser Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long carbon fiber reinforced ETPU composite along with product design and performance analysis services create industry-first integrated rail and riser assembly for Scorpyd Crossbow View
Seat Pan for Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long glass fiber reinforced nylon composite consolidated multiple metal parts to streamline manufacturing and assembly of an ATV seat pan View
Services Capabilities Overview Product/Service Overview Discover the comprehensive technical services available through Specialty Engineered Materials at Avient to assist customers View
Snowmobile Engine Mounting Bracket Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long carbon fiber reinforced nylon composite replaced aluminum to provide better fatigue resistance and reduce weight View
Support Yoke for Hanging Industrial Motor Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long glass fiber reinforced nylon composite supports the weight of a 25-pound motor without creep while being lower in weight and less costly to produce View
Trail Bicycle Rear Suspension Linkage Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long carbon fiber reinforced ETPU composite reduced weight 33% and performance analysis services confirmed metal-to-thermoplastic conversion success View
Unified Seat Shell for Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long glass fiber reinforced nylon composite consolidated multiple metal components into a unified seat shell permitting weight and cost reductions View
Wheelchair Caster Wheels Case Study Customer success with Complēt™ Long Fiber to introduce lightweight composite caster wheels for improved wheelchair mobility View
Wheelchair caster wheels Case Study (Snapshot) Complēt™ long carbon fiber (LCF) composites replaced aluminum to reduce weight and enable design freedom for a wheelchair OEM View