Contemporary Applications of Rubberformed Advanced Thermoplastic Composites

  1. Dr. K. Grassie3,
  2. Prof. Dr. E. Teuckhoff4,
  3. Prof. Dr. G. Wegner5,
  4. Prof. Dr. J. Hausselt6 and
  5. Prof. Dr. H. Hanselka7
  1. D. R. Manten1 and
  2. A. Beukers2

Published Online: 27 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527607420.ch47

Functional Materials, Volume 13

Functional Materials, Volume 13

How to Cite

Manten, D. R. and Beukers, A. (2000) Contemporary Applications of Rubberformed Advanced Thermoplastic Composites, in Functional Materials, Volume 13 (eds K. Grassie, E. Teuckhoff, G. Wegner, J. Hausselt and H. Hanselka), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527607420.ch47

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Philips Forschungslaboratorium, Postfach 500145, 52085 Aachen, Germany

  2. 4

    Siemens AG, Postfach 3240, 91050 Erlangen, Germany

  3. 5

    Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz, Germany

  4. 6

    Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Postfach 3640, 76201 Karlsruhe, Germany

  5. 7

    Institut für Mechanik, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Universitätsplatz 2, 39160 Magdeburg, Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    Delft Thermoplastic Composites, Rotterdamseweg 35, 2289 AC Rijswijk, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS Delft, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2006
  2. Published Print: 27 JUN 2000

Book Series:

  1. EUROMAT 99

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527302543

Online ISBN: 9783527607426



  • functional materials;
  • rubberformed advanced thermoplastic composites;
  • applications;
  • rubberforming;
  • rubberpressing


Advanced thermoplastic composites (ATC) have been around now for almost two decades. It was not until recently however that their specific processing methods were developed far enough to make their use more widespread. One manufacturing technique has been very important in this: rubberforming. Rubberforming combines the advantages of matched metal-die forming and conventional rubberpressing of sheet metal. Typical rubberforming tooling consist of a rigid metal mould, a matching flexible rubber contra-mold and sometimes a blankholder. With this process more and more high-end composite products are produced on a successful commercial basis. Typical series range from 100 to 5000 identical parts. Examples of these products are aircraft structural parts like ribs, aircraft interior parts, EMC-shielding laptop casings, housings for electronics, springs for bicycle suspension, and more.