Asbestos Reinforced Plastics

As recently as the mid-1980s, asbestos was incorporated into plastic molding compounds in order to provide desired properties, such as durability and heat resistance. Asbestos reinforced plastics were incorporated into many common products, including circuit boards, arc chutes, vinyl asbestos floor tiles (VAT), handles for pots and pans, fan blades, radios, automotive parts and roofing materials.

Typical asbestos reinforced plastic properties or requirements:  heat resistance, low thermal conductivity, chemical resistance, cryogenic resistance, high stiffness, high mechanical strength, varying electrical characteristics and high toughness.

Common Asbestos Reinforced Products:

  • Acid proof tanks
  • Aircraft ducting
  • Auto body and Railway parts
  • Blackout or bombproof shelters
  • Brake linings
  • Cable Insulators
  • Chemical Filters
  • Clutch Facings
  • Commutator Rings
  • Cooking handle utensils
  • Electric Motor Casing
  • Friction materials for automatic equipment
  • Gas vent tubes or pipes
  • Gaskets
  • Gun Grips
  • Helmets
  • Housings for auto heaters and air conditioners
  • Incinerators
  • Industrial & Domestic Electrical Panels
  • Lamp Sockets
  • Missile blast tubes
  • Missile nose cone
  • Noise insulators
  • Rocket motor structures and insulation
  • Roofing
  • Sewer pipes
  • Switchboards
  • Underground conduits
  • Valves

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