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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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Polyacetal: Detailed Information on POM and Its Features

By SpecialChem

Learn more about Polyacetal or Polyoxymethylene, a semi-crystalline engineering thermoplastic widely used to produce high precision parts thanks to high lubricity. Discover how it is manufactured, what are the various types of POM available (homopolymer and copolymer) and its key properties ranging from mechanical, physical and chemical. Also, get detailed information on key features which make acetal resins an ideal material of choice in applications ranging from automotive to medical, industrial and many more.

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Silicone Rubber: Complete Guide on Highly Durable Elastomer

By SpecialChem

Silicone rubber is a high-performance elastomer characterized by an unusual combination of properties. These properties range from high temperature performance to durability, excellent electrical insulation properties as well as its transparency. But, what makes Silicone rubber a high performance material in several sectors? What are its key properties and applications? Get detailed technical information on Silicone rubbers by understanding:   » What Makes Silicone Rubber Versatile?   » Different Types (LSR, HTV, RTV) & Method of Synthesis   » Silicone Rubbers Key Properties & Benefits   » Additives and Fillers for Silicone Rubber   » What are the main applications?   » Silicone Rubber Vs. Thermoplastics Vs. TPEs   » Integrating LSR with Thermoplastic Injection Molding...

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Epoxy Resins: A to Z Technical Review of Thermosetting Polymer

By SpecialChem

After their first commercial production in late 1940s, today epoxy resins comprise of wide family of materials. Thanks to of their high strength, versatility and excellent adhesion to variety of surfaces, epoxy resins have gained wide acceptance in diverse applications (coatings, electrical, casting resins, composites…) Explore thermosetting epoxy resins in detail along with its key properties and understand what makes it an ideal choice in so many applications. Also, learn about different types of resins available and how to further improve the properties. But, let’s first start by understanding thermosets…

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In-Depth Guide on Extrusion Process

By Thomas Bezigian

Extrusion is simply defined as the forcing of a liquid through a die. In modern industrial terms, extrusion is the pumping of a liquid through a die to yield the final shape desired. The liquid forced through the die can be a polymer or a metal, such as molten aluminum. Understand here, the traditional single stage, single screw extrusion (without the use of a gear pump) in detail. Get in-depth knowledge of the equipment, the design and function of each component from the extruder motor to the die, processing techniques, troubleshooting, and more… We would like to acknowledge PFFC An...

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Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE): Everything You Need to Know

By SpecialChem

Undoubtedly, fluoropolymer is a class of plastics offering a varied range of properties. And, the discovery of PTFE revolutionized the emergence of fluoropolymers and their benefit in several applications. Today, PTFE applications range from low-tech nonstick frying pan surfaces (yes! it is the Teflon coating in your cookware you use in your kitchen) to high-tech exotic medical and hospital uses including implants, surgical instruments and test equipment, and dramatic uses in firefighting equipment etc. Find out what properties make PTFE a versatile polymer offering various advantages in these applications. Learn about its characteristics, properties and much more...

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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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