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Vectra® A - Liquid Crystal Polyester ( Vectra® A ) - Rod   -   Material Information

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We stock and supply the following standard forms:
Fibre Rod
Fibre Rod
Common Brand Names:
Vectra® A, Xydar
General Description:  

General Description : These are remarkable materials - not only are they high performance thermoplastics with the properties normally associated with that group, they also have very distinctive additional properties resulting from their liquid crystalline nature. They have stiff linear molecules which readily organise themselves spatially into zones with the three dimensional order typical of solid crystals. In general, this occurs both in solution and in the melt and it is strongly promoted by shear or flow resulting in a high degree of orientation in the flow direction. In the case of these melt-processable or thermotropic (strict meaning : forms liquid crystal regions in the melt) polyesters, it is in the melt that this property is of practical importance, but in the case of Kevlar®, which decomposes below its "melting point", liquid crystals are formed in solution and are used to achieve its high degree of orientation andresultant properties.

One main consequence of this morphology is that the structure and properties of the material are highly anisotropic. The morpholgy is crudely similar to that of a fibre reinforced polymer but where the reinforcement is oriented molecules of the matrix material; they are often called self-reinforcing polymers (SRP) as a result. Design approaches based on the use of fibre reinforced polymers (FRP) can be applied, up to a point, to SRP's; it should also be noted that, in contrast to normal FRP's, the addition of fibres to SRP's (glass and carbon filled grades are relatively widely used) reduces rather than increases the degree of anisotropy. The morphology of SRP's can also can be compared to that of wood and the idea of grain direction can beuseful in thinking about its nature.

The mechanical properties of Vectra® are extremely high in the direction of flow/molecular orientation and correspondingly low in the other dimensions. Therefore, the properties of a melt-processed article depend very markedly on the details of the melt flow during its manufacture. The outer layers of an extruded or injection moulded item will normally be uniformly and highly oriented parallel to the surface; in the core, at least of straightforward injection mouldings, "tumbling" of the melt usually occurs leading tomolecular orientation roughly perpendicular to the general flow direction. One consequence of this is that the common practice of machining prototype articles before making an injection moulding tool can lead to highly misleading results - the classic example is that of a flanged bobbin which, if machined from rod with its axis parallel to that of the rod, will have extremely weak flanges but when injection moulded will have strong, stiff flanges. Furthermore, the highl

With the exception of their very high impact strength which will be discussed in more detail later in this paragraph, published mechanical properties are broadly similar to those of glass fibre reinforced engineering polymers, but it follows from the previous paragraph that these properties depend to a much greater extent than usual on the details of the test specimen so they must be used with even more than normal caution. This is even more true of measurement of impact strength, particularly notched, where results are dominated by whether/how the notch penetrates the highly oriented surface layers and it seems likely that conventional test results tend to underestimate impact strength. Nevertheless, it is clear even from these values that SRP's have very high impact strengths (not that much less than polycarbonate's) and very much greater than those of conventional fibre reinforced engineering polymers whose strength and moduli SRP's broadly match. Furthermore, a high proportion

Vectra® has good creep and fatigue properties but its wear characteristics, particularly for unfilled grades, are adversely affected by surface fibrillation. Its barrier properties are excellent (at least comparable to those of PVDC) and its radiation, UV and chemical and hydrolysis resistances are very good. It is insoluble in at least almost all solvents (and so very difficult to characterise scientifically) but attacked to some extent by strong acids and somewhat more by bases; however, even for bases a combination of elevated temperatures/long exposure times/quite high concentrations are needed before significant loss of properties occurs. Yet another of its remarkable properties is its low, though highly anisotropic, coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) - to the extent that the CTE parallel to the flow direction has a (low) negative value. [This rare characteristic is shared by the highly oriented fibres - carbon, Kevlar® and ultra high modulus polyethylene]. In practice, the

There are other consequences of SRP's morphology that favour injection moulding namely : low melt viscosity (once sheared), favouring long and complex melt flow paths; very low warpage and shrinkage, favouring production of high precision parts; very low heat of fusion, favouring fast cycle times. However, internal welds lines tend to be quite weak and it ismost important that these are considered very carefully during design.

Applications appear to be in the fairly early stages of development but include mechanical and electronic components that require injection mouldingto very close tolerances eg complex electronic connectors.

Colour : Its natural colour is an opaque brownish-yellow and it often shows surface discolouration eg in swirls or marbling pattern. Though this is a cosmetic "defect", it is frequently coloured black to minimise it.



Technical Data for   Vectra-A---Liquid-Crystal-Polyester

Vectra A Liquid Crystal Polyester Rod - Standard Products   Click here to display prices
ES317920Vectra® A - Liquid Crystal Polyester Rod,    
Diameter:18mm, Grade:Vectra® A950
ES317930Vectra® A - Liquid Crystal Polyester Rod,    
Diameter:30mm, Grade:Vectra® A950
ES327903Vectra® B - Liquid Crystal Polyester/amide copolymer Rod,    
ES327905Vectra® B - Liquid Crystal Polyester/amide copolymer Rod,    
ES327910Vectra® B - Liquid Crystal Polyester/amide copolymer Rod,    
ES327920Vectra® B - Liquid Crystal Polyester/amide copolymer Rod,    
ES327930Vectra® B - Liquid Crystal Polyester/amide copolymer Rod,    
ES387920Vectra® A - 15% Glass Fibre Reinforced Rod,    
Diameter:10mm, Colour:Black
ES397920Vectra® B - 30% Glass Fibre Reinforced Rod,    
ES397930Vectra® B - 30% Glass Fibre Reinforced Rod,    
ET397910Vectra® MT1300 - Liquid Crystal Polyester Rod,    
Diameter:10mm, Colour:Black, Condition:Unfilled
Vectra A Liquid Crystal Polyester Rod - Standard Products   Click here to display prices
We stock and supply the following standard forms:
Fibre Rod
Fibre Rod