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Fillers in Thermoplastics: Essential Principles for Efficient Optimization

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Recorded on Jan 24, 2017

Maximize the performance / cost ratio of your thermoplastics formulations by getting structured knowledge on fillers and the impact of their particle size/shape, distribution... on final performance.

Chris will discuss what is only acquired by experience to go one step further in your optimization quest by providing you a cheat sheet to select appropriate fillers for your thermoplastics.

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Chris DeArmitt Presented By:
Chris DeArmitt

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Beginner

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Why should you view this course?

Fillers have a huge impact on the performance & cost of your filled thermoplastics. However reaching optimal performance can be quite tricky unless you know how to efficiently select appropriate fillers...


  1. Easily adjust your formulations with a cheat sheet to select appropriate fillers (platy, isotropic…) & additives (impact modifier, dispersant...)
  2. Faster develop your skills by saving yourself from reading countless papers with an organized review of fillers & their impact on cost/performance ratio
  3. Focus your efforts on getting desired performance (high strength, modulus...) with an exclusive insight derived from Chris DeArmitt’s own optimization experience
Fillers in Thermoplastics: Essential Principles for Efficient Optimization

Who should view this course?

Filler suppliers, Compounders, OEMs with a need to compare materials in terms of performance : cost ratio and select the best material for each application

Course Outline

The following sections will be covered during this session:

  1. Essential Principles governing fillers and thermoplastics
    • Common fillers and their characteristic properties
    • Common polymers and how structure affects their properties
  2. How fillers affect polymer processing & many properties of polymers
  3. The effect of particle size, size distribution and particle shape on filled thermoplastics properties
  4. Cost / Performance graphical analysis of polymers and filled polymers
  5. Cheat sheet summarizing how all of these factors influence the properties of filled thermoplastics
  6. Further reading, consultants, web resources
Fillers that will be covered include: Silica, Carbon Black, Calcium Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Clays, Barium Sulfate...


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Members Reviews

A very good overview of the major technical and cost decision points for the range of different fillers. It quickly brought me up to speed on the essentials of filers for thermoplastics.

Peter V. , from PPG Industries Inc.

Highlighted points that not many people are aware of so it adds special benefit

Laura D. , from PepsiCo.

The course provided a great overview with general understanding of fundamental parameters - Insight into volume-related properties instead of weight related.

Raphael D. , from Ciba

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