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14th September 2015, Pittsburgh, PA

PPG fibre glass researcher recognized with best paper award

Dr Jacob Anderson, PPG senior research and development engineer. © PPG IndustriesPPG Industries' fibre glass business has announced that Dr Jacob Anderson, PPG senior research and development engineer, has been named a winner of the Dr Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper Award for the Society of Plastics Engineers 15th annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE).

The event took place from 9-11 September at The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.

Anderson's paper received the third-highest average rating by conference peer reviewers in a field of 70 contenders and was honoured for excellence in technical writing during SPE ACCE opening ceremonies.

Glass fibre reinforced thermoplastics

Anderson and Dr Ryan P. Emerson, both based at the PPG Fiber Glass Science and Technology Center in Shelby, NC, co-authored a paper entitled Effect of Processing Technique on the Mechanical Performance of Glass Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics, which Anderson presented on 10 September as part of the conference's Advances in Thermoplastic Composites session.

"In the present work, thermoplastic bulk moulding compound (BMC) was investigated to determine its mechanical performance relative to granulated long-fibre thermoplastic (GLFT) and continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic tape (CFRT)," he said.

"This was achieved by using injection and compression moulding to fabricate thermoplastic composite parts from GLFT, CFRT and BMC. Versus the GLFT specimen, the BMC material was shown to exhibit improvements in flexural and impact performance of 100 percent and 20 percent, respectively, results of which will be described during the presentation."

Leading automotive composites forum

The SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions jointly sponsor the annual Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) – the leading automotive composites forum, which attracts speakers, exhibitors and attendees from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The conference's Best Paper Awards honour Dr Jackie Rehkopf, a long-time SPE ACCE committee member, session organizer, two-times technical program co-chair and long-time automotive-composites industry researcher.

PPG Fiber Glass is a manufacturer of reinforcement materials for thermoset and thermoplastic composite applications with manufacturing and research facilities in the US, Europe and Asia. It serves the transportation, energy, infrastructure and consumer markets, as well as electronic circuit board and specialty yarn markets.

www.ppgfiberglass.com

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