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        Several years ago (say 1976 or 7) where we needed a bearing material that would also have good insulating (electrical and thermal) for Arctic gas development.  The material we found (but never used because the project was cancelled) was micarta.  I don't remember the bearing strength but it seems to me that it was well above 1,000 psi and probably above 2,000 psi.  At that time micarta was (and probably still is) used for mounting boards in the electronics industry.  It's probably still readily available.
Best regards, Ray,
H. Daryl Richardson
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Sent: Friday, March 03, 2006 4:03 PM
Subject: Synthetic Bearing Material

Hi engineers and sport fans,
Is there a synthetic bearing material like plastic that can be obtained in small thicknesses 1/8" to 3/8" for shimming wood members between concrete and steel and that is easier to cut in small pieces than steel?  I saw something like that at a tilt up concrete wall construction site and they were using it to shim the  wall level along the footing. 
Thanks for any info you might have regarding this.
Ray Shreenan  SE