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

By SpecialChem

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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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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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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Polyethylene (PE) - Complete Guide

By SpecialChem

From plastic containers, bottles, bags to plastic toys; everywhere we look, we see most of the plastic items made of polyethylene! It is one of the most popular thermoplastic materials available today.... But, what is polyethylene? What it is made up of? How to process PE? Get technical information on polyethylene, explore what are its different types (HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE...) and the properties of some the majorly used forms in detail! Also, learn about key features which make PE an ideal material of choice in applications ranging from packaging, films, tubes and 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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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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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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Polypropylene (PP) - Complete Guide

By SpecialChem

Learn more about Polypropylene, a rigid and crystalline thermoplastic used in everyday objects. Discover how it is manufactured, what are the various types of PP available (homopolymer, copolymer, impact....) and its key properties ranging from mechanical, physical and chemical. Also, get detailed information on key features which make polypropylene an ideal material of choice in applications ranging from automotive, medical to packaging.

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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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A Complete Guide to Polycarbonate (PC)

By SpecialChem

Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic material which offers manufacturer and designers many possibilities while providing greater design freedom, enhanced aesthetics and cost reductions! The material is known for maintaining coloring and strength over time, even in stressful conditions. Become an expert by learning some basic information about polycarbonates, what are its key features and properties, how to optimize its properties and popular applications. Also find out processing conditions for injection molding, extrusion, 3D Printing and safety of this versatile polymer.

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Fire Test: How to Succeed When Going Into New Applications

Instead of giving up when your plastic fails automotive, E&E, mass transport...fire tests, learn how to best select your flame retardants based on required thermal stress & fire parameters.

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