MFG Guide

How FORGINGS compare to Reinforced Plastics/Composite (RP/C)

  • Forgings offer greater productivity. New advanced-composite part designs may often require long lead times and substantial development costs. The high production rates possible in forging cannot yet be achieved in reinforced plastics and composites.
  • Forgings have established documentation. RP/C physical property data are scarce and data from material suppliers lack consistency. Even advanced aerospace forgings are established products with well-documented physical, mechanical and performance data.
  • Forgings offer broader service temperature range. RP/C service temperatures are limited and effects of temperature are often complex. Forgings maintain performance over a wider temperature range.
  • Forgings offer more reliable service performance. Deterioration and unpredictable service performance can result from damage to continuous, reinforcing RP/C fibers. Forging materials out-perform composites in almost all physical and mechanical property areas, especially in impact resistance and compression strength.

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