General Plastics R&D Chemist Hester A. Clever, Ph.D, to Present on Cost-Effective FST/OSU-Compliant Polyurethane-Based Foams for Aerospace Industry May 26 at SAMPE 2016

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General Plastics R&D Chemist Hester A. Clever, Ph.D, to Present on Cost-Effective FST/OSU-Compliant Polyurethane-Based Foams for Aerospace Industry May 26 at SAMPE 2016

PU-Based FST/OSU Foam SAMPE Session

PU-Based FST/OSU Foam SAMPE Session

Hester A. Clever, Ph.D., General Plastics’ senior research and development chemist, will present a technical paper at the 2016 SAMPE Conference and Exhibition taking place from May 23-26 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Her presentation, “Development of an FST/OSU Passing Rigid Polyurethane Foam for the Aerospace Industry,” will take place from 10:00-10:25 a.m. on Thursday, May 26 in Room 102A. In conjunction with Dr. Clever’s session, General Plastics Manufacturing Company will spotlight its innovative FST/OSU-compliant LAST-A-FOAM® FR-3800 FST Performance Core Series and other industry-leading aerospace foam applications at Booth M18 in the exhibit hall May 24-25.

Devoted exclusively to advanced materials and processes, SAMPE annually attracts more than 3,000 professionals from across the globe. Dr. Clever’s presentation will include the following:

  • The challenges of creating materials that couple FST and heat-release compliance with cost-effectiveness
  • A vertical-flame, heat-release and smoke-density test results comparison of various polyurethane foam formulations
  • Comparison of physical properties of various polyurethane foams

As senior research and development chemist, Hester A. Clever, Ph.D. has spent the last 10 years working primarily on the development of new materials at General Plastics. Prior to joining the company in 2006, she was a research and development chemist at The Dow Chemical Company and at Nalco Chemical Company where she worked on epoxy resins and antifoulants for the chemical process industry. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Clever holds multiple patents and has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles.

“We always look forward to attending and exhibiting at SAMPE, engaging with engineers and designers involved in developing and applying advanced materials,” said General Plastics’ Executive Vice President Mitch Johnson, Ph.D. “This year, we are delighted that Hester Clever’s contributions in creating our FST/OSU-compliant foams are being recognized globally with her selection to present at the industry’s preeminent event.”

Fire, Smoke, Toxicity-Compliant FR-3800 Series
General Plastics’ FR-3800 series polyurethane-based foams comply with the Ohio State University (OSU) 65/65 heat release standard, FAA flame and smoke regulations, and aircraft manufacturer toxicity requirements. They also satisfy the European Union's REACH regulation. These FST foam core boards can be thermoformed and are easy to machine, and the material bonds securely with composite skins. Halogen-free, the series is ideal for diverse aerospace interior applications as an alternative to thermoplastics and honeycomb: sandwich core interior components, edge closeouts, hard points in composite panels and lightweight flyaway parts. Standard densities are 3 to 40 pounds per cubic foot and sheet thickness up to 24 inches.

About General Plastics Manufacturing Company    
Tacoma, Washington-based General Plastics Manufacturing Company has been a leading innovator in the plastics industry for 75 years. The company develops and manufactures rigid and flexible polyurethane foam products, which include its signature LAST-A-FOAM® brand series and build-to-print composite parts.

Directly or through its network of distributors, General Plastics serves the aerospace and defense, nuclear containment, composite core, prototype and modeling, construction, dimensional signage, testing, marine and the renewable energies industries. General Plastics is certified to ISO 9001:2008/AS9100C and meets the rigorous demands of numerous leading quality systems, which include NQA-1, Mil-I-45208A and Boeing Company D6-82479. Please visit

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