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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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High Density Polyethylene (HDPE): Plastic Profile

By SpecialChem

Learn why High Density Polyethylene (HDPE or PE-HD) is one of the most popular thermoplastic materials available. Get detailed information about HDPE's strengths and limitations, its applications, properties (chemicals, physical, mechanical, thermal...) and processing guidelines.

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3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing Polymers and Processes

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. This guide would give you insights into the latest applications trends, classification of additive manufacturing processes, materials used in these processes and more.

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Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS): Techno Brief

By SpecialChem

This technology brief features key facts about Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS). The polymer is an impact-resistant engineering thermoplastic & amorphous polymer . This technology profile includes strengths, limitations, applications, properties and processing guidelines of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene.

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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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Polyphenylsulfone (PPSU): Techno Brief

By SpecialChem

This technology brief features key facts about Polyphenylsulfone (PPSU). The polymer is a transparent and rigid high-temperature engineering thermoplastic. This technology profile includes strengths, limitations, applications, properties and processing guidelines of Polyphenylsulfone.

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UV Stabilizers for Engineering Plastics

By Pascal Xanthopoulos

Engineering plastics like polyamides, polyesters, polycarbonates are majorly used for applications that demand long time U.V stabilization. This selection guide mainly deals with the query "which UV Stabilizer is ideal for which plastic"? This guide will familiarize you with various UV stabilizers used with these engineering plastics. You would be able to find out the functionalities of different UV stabilizers for different engineering plastics in demand. Also one can find the starting point formulations of polycarbonates, polyacetal polyoxymethylene, polyesters like PET & PBT and polyamides.

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Resin Selection for Thermoplastic Composites

By Mark DeMeuse

Review factors that influence thermoplastic resin selection in composites. A wide range of thermoplastics is available and making an appropriate selection is complicated by the fact that in general, the choices do not excel in every category. This guide will apprise you with the various thermoplastics offered and how to select the correct thermoplastic resin considering different criteria.

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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 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. This lack of fiber-matrix adhesion can typically be remedied using fiber surface modification. However, usual surface treatments for epoxy-based thermoset composites do not necessarily work well for use in thermoplastic composites. Read on and explore the best solutions to optimize matrix / fiber interface in thermoplastic composites!

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Polyethersulfone (PESU): Techno Brief

By SpecialChem

This technology profile features various key facts about Polyethersulfone (PESU) thermoplastics. PESU is a high-temperature resistant, amorphous transparent polymer suitable for various applications. This profile includes their strengths & limitations, processing guidelines, key features and applications.

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Polysulfone (PSU): Techno Brief

By SpecialChem

This technology profile features various key facts about Polysulfone. Polysulfone is a thermoplastic that is widely used in high temperature applications. This technology profile will familiarize you with Polysulfone strengths & limitations, processing guidelines, key features, properties and applications in diverse markets.

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