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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 ...

Selection Guide

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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Styrene-Butadiene Rubber: Complete Technical Guide on SBR & its Features

By SpecialChem

From tires, conveyor belts to seals or gaskets… Styrene-Butadiene rubber is a widely used general purpose rubber with an extensive range of applications. The reason for the success of this synthetic rubber is, of course, its unique properties and diverse applications. Also, it is the only material which exhibits long-range elasticity, and which therefore fills a special need in modern technology. Become an expert by learning some basic information about Styrene-Butadiene rubber along with the main properties, major benefits and popular applications in detail!

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Expanded Polystyrene (EPS): Ultimate Guide on Foam Insulation Material

By SpecialChem

For several years, expanded polystyrene (EPS) has been utilized as a material of choice in several food packaging applications, cost-effective and energy-efficient insulation in construction applications as well as cushion transport packaging material for shock sensitive goods and many more. But, what is EPS? How is it manufactured? And, what are its key characteristics making it suitable in these applications? Explore more about this polymer and find out its benefits, properties, recyclability etc. in detail.

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Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) - The Rising Star Amongst Today's Bioplastics

By SpecialChem

Today, bioplastics are recognized as one of the key sustainable elements of 21st century. They offer an improved balance between the environmental benefits and the environmental impact of plastics. Among them, one bio-based polymer which has gained immense popularity in the past few years is: PEF - Polyethylene Furanoate! This next-gen polymer offers a great potential to replace oil-based polymers. It is renewable, non-toxic and a recyclable alternate with similar properties. However, there are still several aspects that need consideration for efficient production of PEF at commercial scale. Explore more about this polymer in detail! Get information about its properties...

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Polyetherimide (PEI): A Comprehensive Review

By SpecialChem

Characterized by a combination of outstanding thermal, mechanical and electrical properties, Polyetherimide (PEI) has made its place in high performance applications like automotive, aerospace, industrial and many more. Explore Polyetherimide 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 its production process and conditions to process this polymer material. Let’s first start by understanding basic characteristics of PEI…

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Selection Guide

Selecting Clay for Nanocomposite

By Mark DeMeuse

This guide will focus on the key features of clay used in nanocomposites to provide the most desirable property profile. Criteria are mentioned for the selection of the correct clay for use with a particular matrix polymer. Read on to select the best clay treatment to use with specific polymers.

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3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing Using Polymers - Complete Guide

By Edward M. Petrie

The global additive manufacturing industry has progressed very quickly offering broader and high value applications. This accelerating shift has been due to its advantages over conventional manufacturing. Today, applications of additive manufacturing appear to almost be limitless. It is used to fabricate:   » High-tech industrial (aerospace, medical/dental, automotive, electronic), and   » Consumer (home, fashion, and entertainment) products ...and advancements in polymeric materials continue to offer new possibility for the manufacturing industry. Explore what is additive manufacturing, what are the various additive manufacturing processes in detail along with the types of polymers that are generally used in each process.

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The Definitive Guide to Polypropylene (PP)

By SpecialChem

Polypropylene (PP) is a rigid and crystalline thermoplastic used widely in everyday objects like packaging trays, household products, battery cases, medical devices, etc. Explore this comprehensive guide and learn everything you need to know about this widely used thermoplastic. Quick Links to the Detailed Profile:   »  What is Polypropylene and What It's Used for?   »  How PP is produced?   »  Types of Polypropylene & their Benefits   »  Main Differences Between PP Homo and PP Copolymer   »  Properties of Polypropylene   »  Disadvantages of Polypropylene   »  What is PP used for?   »  Comparison of Polypropylene with Polyethylene   »  Polypropylene Processing - Everything You Need to Know About It!   »  3D Printing with...

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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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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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