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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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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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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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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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Polyetheretherketone (PEEK): A Complete Guide on High-Heat Engineering Plastic

By SpecialChem

Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is a high-performance, engineering thermoplastic characterized by an unusual combination of properties. These properties range from high temperature performance to mechanical strength and excellent chemical resistance. But, what are the key characteristics which make PEEK a high-performance plastic? What it is made up of? Get all the technical information on Polyetheretherketone, explore what are its key properties and benefits in detail! Also, learn about popular application (aerospace, automotive, medical...) and processing conditions for this polymer. Let’s begin by defining the polymer...

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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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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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Thermoplastic Elastomers 101: An Ultimate Guide

By SpecialChem

Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are one of the most versatile plastics in today’s market bridging between the service properties of elastomers and the processing properties of thermoplastics. The cost effectiveness and design flexibility enable TPEs to be used in many major end-user markets, including consumer products, electronics, medical devices, automotive, and much more. Explore this comprehensive guide and learn everything you need to know about TPEs. Quick Links to the Detailed Profile:  »  What are Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs)?  »  Advantages & Disadvantages of TPEs  »  Classification and Chemistries of TPE Materials  »  Emergence of Bio-based TPEs  »  Key Application Areas of Thermoplastic Elastomers  »  Properties and Processing of TPEs (Continue reading or click to go...

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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. How TPU is Produced? TPU's Key Properties of Such as Abrasion Resistance, Soft Touch... What are the Main Types of TPU Films? Factors Limiting Use of Thermoplastic Polyurethanes What Makes TPU a Popular Choice in Several Applications? Popular Processing Methods for TPU TPU Safety & Environmental Benefits (Continue reading...

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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), 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, the process of manufacturing and the types of polymers that are generally used in each process. Review: Additive Manufacturing Advantages over Conventional Manufacturing Major AM Processes as Classified...

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Polylactide (PLA): Complete Guide to Accelerate your 'Green' Approach

By SpecialChem

Rapidly growing concerns related to environmental and health safety, limiting dependence on petrochemical raw materials, reducing carbon footprint ... are among the few factors driving inclination towards use of biopolymers. There exist several biopolymers today and thanks to the excellent degradation behavior and versatility of PLA:    » It is now widely used in packaging sector right from a niche product in organic trade to premium packaging for branded goods    » High-performance grades, that are an excellent replacement for PS, PP, and ABS, are gaining traction in more demanding applications What makes PLA a very versatile polymer and material of choice in several applications today?...

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