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Radiation Processing of Plastics allows Fabricators to Modify Resin Properties

SpecialChem / Dec 1, 2004

Generally, plastic fabricators are stuck with whatever properties they can get from commercial resins. Wouldn't it be nice if fabricators could adjust the properties of plastics either on-line or else of the final article? Well, they can; it is called radiation processing (e.g., gamma, e-beam, UV, x-ray, etc.). Radiation processing of plastics has been around for over 40 years and is being used commercially for radiation crosslinking of polymers, especially for wire and cable, and in the radiation sterilization of plastic food packaging...

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