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New accelerator for the safe manufacture of polychloprene

Consortium develops a commercially viable replacement to potentially toxic thiourea

The natural touch

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

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

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

Ultra chemical resistant tubing for use in chemical dispensing

With an improved pressure rating, outstanding chemical resistance and superior flexibility, Tygon 2375 tubing can extend product life from weeks to months

When you don’t want a bag for life ...

Malvern Instruments uses rheology to investigate polymer biodegradability

Silicone antifoams help breweries thrive

Destabilise and collapse the bubbles, helping brewers to reduce loss and avoid having to stop production to clean up spills

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

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