High Performance Plastics for Spacecraft Applications Webinar


This webinar provides an overview of plastic material selection and plastic part design for spacecraft applications. A number of spacecraft applications are discussed including bearings, spline couplings, locking fasteners, lens retaining rings, thermal and electrical insulators, and antenna radomes.

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Webinar Topics Include:

  • Plastics for high performance spacecraft valves
  • Polymers suitable for use in vacuum, cryogenic, and high temperature environments
  • Plastics with superior sliding wear performance
  • Flammability/oxygen compatibility properties of plastics
  • Plastics that resist degradation from chemicals including exposure to atomic oxygen
  • Encapsulants for thermal management

Presented by Dr. Keith Hechtel and Dave Seiler

Dr. Keith Hechtel is Senior Director of Business Development for Curbell Plastics, Inc., based in Orchard Park, NY. Dr. Hechtel is a recognized speaker on plastic materials and plastic part design. He has conducted numerous presentations for engineers, designers, and fabricators in both industrial and academic settings.

With degrees in geology, industrial technology, and business administration, plus 25-plus years of plastics industry experience, Keith leads the Curbell Plastics Business Development team and offers a unique and practical perspective to material selection and application counseling. He has helped hundreds of businesses achieve quality improvements and cost savings through the use of performance plastics.

Dave Seiler is Business Development Manager on the Curbell Plastics Business Development team who focuses on high-performance engineering plastics. Born into a family of plastics professionals, Dave has been involved with plastics his whole life (his first word was “Kynar,” which is a trade name of a leading brand of PVDF). Dave spends much of his free time reading academic literature on a diverse base of polymer materials.

Dave has an extensive background in polyaryletherketones and handles Curbell’s DuPont™ Vespel® Polyimide product line. Much of his work involves helping companies identify the best plastic materials for their applications in order to achieve quality improvements and cost savings.