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Plastics & Elastomers
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Plastics & Elastomers
How to select Plastics? To assist you further in your selection according to your applications, we provide you with Technology Profiles on most used plastics, detailing their benefits, limitations, applications ...

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Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET): A Comprehensive Review

By SpecialChem

PET is among those plastics which are an important part of your everyday life. It is an important commercial polymer having application ranging from packaging, fabrics, films, molded parts for automotive, electronics... and many more. You can find this famous clear plastic around you as water bottle or soda bottle container.Explore more about polyethylene terephathalate (PET) and find out what makes it a suitable choice in several applications. Learn about its key properties, how its blends are made with other thermoplastics and thermosets, processing conditions and ofcourse, benefits that make PET as No. 1 recyclable polymer worldwide.

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Comprehensive Guide on Polyimide (PI)

By SpecialChem

As an attractive dielectric material, polyimide has been widely used in the field of electronics, aerospace, and automobiles fulfilling increasing need for materials that can perform well under harsh conditions, such as elevated temperatures. Polyimides are an important class of step-growth polymers due to their high temperature stability, mechanical properties, and superior chemical resistance. Explore Polyimides (PI) in detail along with its key properties like mechanical, thermal, electrical, etc. and understand what makes it an ideal choice in high-end engineering applications.

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Thermoplastic Composites : Solutions to Optimize Matrix Fiber Interface

By Mark DeMeuse

Thermoplastic composite materials often suffer from a lack of fiber-matrix adhesion. A weak interface in these materials results in low stiffness and strength but a high resistance to fracture. On the other hand, a strong interface produces high strength and stiffness but generally low fracture resistance. So, how to overcome this lack of fiber-matrix adhesion? Can fiber surface modification help? Find out all your answers here! Explore the ultimate solutions to optimize matrix / fiber interface in thermoplastic composites and achieve desired strength & stiffness along with fracture resistance in your product.

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Resin Selection for Thermoplastic Composites

By Mark DeMeuse

That long-predicted future opportunity for thermoplastic composites seems to be materializing now as they have become increasingly important in various applications. But, nothing can be as challenging as a material selection to finally develop a final product. Are you looking for solutions for an easier resin selection? Find out here! Apprise your knowledge with the various thermoplastics and learn how to select the correct thermoplastic resin considering different criteria.

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Complete Guide on Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (TPU)

By SpecialChem

Learn more about Thermoplastic Polyurethane, a versatile thermoplastic elastomer with high durability and flexibility. Learn more about how it is produced, its main properties and benefits which enable various industries to produce advance products. Also, get detailed information on popular applications of thermoplastics polyurethanes ranging from automotive to agriculture and many more.

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Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene: Detailed Information About ABS and its Features

By SpecialChem

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, often abbreviated as ABS, is an opaque engineering thermoplastic widely used in electronic housings, auto parts, consumer products, pipe fittings, lego toys and many more. Get detailed technical information about ABS polymer and know more about:Key Properties of ABS PlasticChemical PropertiesMechanical PropertiesElectrical PropertiesLimitations of ABSABS Blends – Thermoplastic AlloyApplications of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)ABS Processing ConditionsABS for 3D PrintingRecycling and Toxicity

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PMMA or Acrylic: Guide to Support Your Future ‘Transparent’ Developments

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PMMA or acrylic is a widely used transparent plastic material known for its applications in various markets from car windows, smartphone screens to aquariums. It is a tough plastic, easy to shape and a great alternative to the high cost and less resilient glass. Explore polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) in detail along with its key properties and understand what makes it an ideal choice in so many applications. Also, learn about conditions to process this polymer material and how to recycle it. Let’s first start by understanding acrylic plastic and how it is made…

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Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS): A Comprehensive Guide on High Heat Plastic

By SpecialChem

Polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) is a high-performance, engineering thermoplastic characterized by an unusual combination of properties. These properties range from high temperature performance to dimensional stability and excellent electrical insulation properties. But, what makes PPS a high performance plastic in several sectors? What it is made up of? Get detailed technical information on Polyphenylene sulfide and explore:    »  What is PPS - Polyphenylene Sulfide?    »  How PPS is Produced?    »  Key Properties of PPS (Physical, thermal, electrical…)    »  How to Optimize PPS Properties?    »  What are the popular applications of PPS?    »  Processing methods for PPS (Continue reading or click to go on specific section of the page)

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Polyethersulfone (PES) - Complete Guide on High-temperature Engineering Polymer

By SpecialChem

Polyethersulfone (PES or PESU) is relatively a new class of polymer and known since 1972 when first introduced by ICI. This high-temperature engineering thermoplastic has good transparency and flame resistance, and it is one of the lowest smoke-emitting materials available. Let’s explore key properties and benefits offered by PPS, in detail, which makes it a material of choice in several sectors. Get detailed technical information on PES by reviewing:   » What is PESU – Polyethersulfone?   » Key properties of PESU (physical, mechanical, chemical…)   » How to optimize its properties?   » What are the popular applications of PES   » Different methods used to process PES (Continue reading or click to go on...

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Complete Guide on Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)

By SpecialChem

Providing innovative solutions that save weight and decrease costs along with other benefits, PBT has made its place in end-markets like automotive, consumer goods as well as electrical & electronics. Explore polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) in detail along with its key properties like mechanical, thermal, electrical, etc. and understand what makes it an ideal choice in high-end engineering applications. Also, learn about few polybutylene terephthalate blends with PC, PET and conditions to process this polymer material. Let’s first start by understanding PBT plastic and how it is made…

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