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Plastics & Elastomers
The material selection platform
Plastics & Elastomers
Online Course

Fillers in Thermoplastics: Essential Principles for Efficient Optimization

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Thursday Sep 2, 2021

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.

Trevor Hutley 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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Trevor Hutley Presented By:
Trevor Hutley

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Beginner

Next Session: Sep 2, 2021
10:00 a.m. (New York City)
4:00 p.m. (Paris)

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Why should you attend?

Fillers have a huge impact on the processing, performance & cost of your filled thermoplastics. Reaching optimal performance can be quite tricky, unless you know how to efficiently select and deploy appropriate fillers. Join this course to:

  1. Learn to design & develop filled thermoplastic formulations.

  2. Easily adjust your formulations with a cheat sheet to select appropriate fillers (acicular, isotropic…) & additives (impact modifier, dispersant, coupling agent...).

  3. Develop your skills faster by saving yourself from reading countless papers, ​with an organized review of fillers & their impact on cost/performance ratio.

  4. Focus your efforts on getting desired performance (high strength, modulus...) with the insight shared from Dr Trevor’s own industrial optimization experience
Fillers in Thermoplastics: Essential Principles for Efficient Optimization

Who should attend?

Filler suppliers, polymer suppliers, recyclers, Compounders, Processors, OEMs with a need to compare materials in terms of performance/cost ratio, select the best material for each application or a desire to develop plastic products through a better knowledge of how to use fillers in polymer formulations.

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Course Outline

The following sections will be covered during this session:
  1. Essential Principles governing fillers and thermoplastics
    • Common fillers and their characteristic properties - fillers that will be covered include: Talc, Carbon Black, Calcium Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Clays, Barium Sulphate...
    • 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 the rheology, processing and properties of filled thermoplastics​

  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
  7. 30 mins Q&A - Ask your question directly to our expert
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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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