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Strengths and weaknesses of composite thermoplastic interconnect systems

Strengths and Weaknesses of Composite Thermoplastic Interconnect Systems


Composite thermoplastic

Composite Thermoplastic

A Combination of High-Tech Materials with Superior Performance Compared to Metal Materials

  • Composite: Particle and fiber additives suspended in a Polymer resin.

  • Polymer: Shapeable chemicals formed into complex molecular chains with specific attributes.

  • Thermoplastic: engineering plastic with extremely high-performance ratings.


Advantages of composites

Advantages of Composites

Weight Reduction and Corrosion Protection

  • Reduced Weight

  • Unlimited Corrosion Protection

  • Inherent shock and vibration dampening

  • Reduced magnetic and acousticsignatures (stealth)

  • Cadmium free

  • Flame resistant, chemical resistant andhigh-temperature tolerant

  • Dimensionally stable

  • Accepts “selective” plating for EMI/RFI grounding


Why exactly is composite thermoplastic lighter than metal

Why Exactly is Composite Thermoplastic Lighter Than Metal?

Its “Specific Gravity” or “Density” is Less


Why exactly is composite thermoplastic so corrosion resistant

Why Exactly is Composite Thermoplastic So Corrosion Resistant?

It is Not Subject to Oxidation or any Other Form of Corrosion


Materials science

Materials Science

Amorphous Versus Semi-Crystalline Thermoplastics

  • Amorphous: Random molecular orientation

    • High Strength

    • Stiff

    • Good dimensional stability

  • Semi-Crystalline: Ordered (crystalline) molecular structure

    • Excellent wear resistance

    • High heat resistance

    • Resistance to caustic chemicals


Disadvantages of small composite thermoplastic parts used in interconnect systems

Disadvantages of (Small) Composite Thermoplastic Parts Used in Interconnect Systems

  • Inappropriate for Applications Subject to Direct Lightning Strike such as Exposed Airframe Antennas

  • Not Recommended for Extremely High-Heat Applications such as Jet Engine Sensors

  • Poor Dissipater of Internally Generated Heat (“Thermos” Effect)

  • Correct Holding Tools Must Be Used In Assembly Process to Avoid Coupling Nut Damage


Proven performance applications

Proven Performance Applications

Composites are perfectly suited for new connector and accessory design-ins for the next generation of high-performance systems

  • Glenair Composites Approved at:

    • Augusta-Westlands (IT)

    • Airbus (EU)

    • Aermacchi (IT)

    • BAE Systems (UK)

    • Boeing (US)

    • Bombardier (CA)

    • Embraer (Brazil)

  • Military and Industry Approvals (M85049, FAA, NAVSEA, UK MOD)


Selective plating the glenair approach to emi grounding and product durability

Selective Plating: The Glenair Approach to EMI Grounding and Product Durability

Selective Plating Maintains an Effective Ground Path While Eliminating Surface Scratches and Other Damage

Shown: Series 447 Composite Band-in-a-Can Backshell


Conductive drop in elements

Conductive Drop-In Elements

Another key to maintaining the ground path while minimizing maintenance

  • Multi-function drop-ins add flexibility and functionality to standard composite accessory designs

  • Drop-ins shift electrical grounding role from the (plated) surface material to a protected internal pathway


Mil aerospace fiber optic connection system

Spotlight on Popular Composite Solutions:MIL-DTL-38999 Type (Environmental)

Mil/Aerospace Fiber Optic Connection System


Spotlight on popular composite solutions composite swing arm strain relief

Spotlight on Popular Composite Solutions: Composite Swing-Arm Strain-Relief

Light Weight - Corrosion Free - Three-in-One

  • Straight, 45° and 90°

  • Integrated EMI/RFI Shield Sock

  • Inspection Window

  • Self-Locking Coupling Nut

  • Optional Composite Braid (319-065)

  • Brown or Black Material

  • Electroless Nickel Shield Termination and Interface

  • No-Braid Version (627-122)

  • Available Backshell Holding Tool


Spotlight on popular composite solutions environmental and emi rfi backshells

Spotlight on Popular Composite Solutions:Environmental and EMI/RFI Backshells

Tested, Qualified, Tooled and Stocked Catalog Offerings

Series 360 Non-Environmental Strain-Relief Backshell

Series 370 Environmental Strain-Relief Backshell

Series 377 Fiber Optic Backshells

Series 380 EMI/RFI Non-Environmental Backshell


Spotlight on popular composite solutions rfi emi braided shielding

Spotlight on Popular Composite Solutions: RFI/EMI Braided Shielding

Nickel Plated AmberStrand Composite Shielding Offers Unique Solution to Electromagnetic Compatibility

  • Expandable, flexible, high-strength, conductive, elastic composite material

  • Provides abrasion resistance andEMI shielding at a fraction of the weight of metal braid


Spotlight on popular composite solutions emi rfi shielded junction boxes

Spotlight on Popular Composite Solutions: EMI/RFI Shielded Junction Boxes

Tested, Qualified, Tooled and Stocked Catalog Offerings

Series 140 Composite EMI/RFI Junction Boxes


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