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Plastics have spring tension properties?

  1. Dec 24, 2007 #1
    I am developing a product and am going to integrate a piece of flat sheet spring steel into its design for the tension required to function as hoped. I wonder about the availability of plastics that have similar properties? Any thoughts.

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  3. Dec 24, 2007 #2
    In general, plastics are not elastic over a broad range of stress. However, some materials and designs do work. Do you have any specifications or sketches?
  4. Dec 24, 2007 #3


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    We need more info. What is the design (roughly, at least)? What properties would you like the plastic to have - high yield strength, high strain at yield, large modulus, good fatigue strength...?
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