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Sustainably sourced fibre reinforcements – ranging from banana fibres to wood flour – can boost the properties of plastics and reduce carbon footprint. Lou Reade reports

Polymers have high resistance to wear and abrasion

Nylacast materials and components offer many beneficial qualities to the rail sector, including a high resistance to wear and abrasion, with a low co-efficient of friction

Putting a test case for integrity management

Errors in material selection, the use of incorrect heat treatment techniques, inconsistent mechanical testing regimes, can lead to product failures during operation

New solution for sustainable, high performance coatings

Innovnano has developed 4YSZ in suspension for highly efficient coating deposition

How to use rheology

Malvern Instruments adds ‘Suspension Properties’ series to its highly online Masterclasses

Truck manufacturer adopts lightweight plastic for heavy truck oil pan

Oil pan is up to 50 per cent lighter than aluminium, and can resist stone and gravel chip impact

Tubular cable conveyors for friable food and non-food products

Typical non-food applications include bulk chemicals, minerals, chopped fibreglass, microspheres, regrind, pellets, tobacco and other friable materials

Plastics provide more cost-efficient route to safer circuit breakers

Royal DSM is supplier of materials that can replace thermosets in demanding moulded-case circuit breakers

Viscometer detector enhances GPC/SEC analysis for polymer development

Structural information revealed by measuring viscosity parameters enables researchers to intelligently modify polymer chain length

Spheres can form squares

Researchers believe that their findings will lead to new bottom-up strategies for the design of structured materials, to be used in high-tech optical applications

Demand for high temperature synthetic oils soars

Thermal fluid users have now consumed their reserves and the combination of all these circumstances has led to the current situation

High performance, sustainable materials solutions

Chemical companies are investing in new technologies and plants in order to manufacture high-performance, sustainable materials for growing markets. Eugene McCarthy reports

Sustainability is key as manufacturers focus on materials

Products as diverse as detergents and car doors are all becoming more sustainable as chemical companies bring innovative new materials to market. Sean Ottewell reports

Solid alternative to liquid epoxy for high-volume, precision sealing

Pre-mixed ratios of resin to catalyst, and consistent viscosity from beginning to end of batch ensure uniform, high-quality results

Coating process adds nanoparticles to polymers

Researchers form the University of Warwick have developed a cost-effective, high-productivity method for coating polymer particles with silica-based nanoparticles

Top coat printable label materials

Film substrates enable higher performance in harsh chemical, high moisture and high heat environments ranging from 180 to 220ºC

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