PT ZONE: Nanocomposites

Novel Materials Stretch Process Capabilities
The potential for new or unusual materials to broaden the application potential of standard plastics processes was explored in a number of papers at April’s SPE ANTEC conference in Orlando, Fla. More (+)
Sub-Micron Additives Make Strides (Just Don’t Say ‘Nano’)
High-surface-area, sub-micron-size additives have been making significant commercial strides in thermoplastic applications, albeit generally later than had been expected just a decade ago. More (+)


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PE/PS Interpolymer Modifies Polyolefins To Process Faster, Thinner, Better

Novel hybrid of polyethylene and polystyrene acts as a processing aid for HDPE, LDPE, and PP.

MATERIALS AT NPE: All Market Sectors Benefit from Large Crop of New Materials

Higher-performance and easier processing PE film resins for packaging, a one-pass crosslinked PE for photovoltaic (PV) wire and cable, several higher-performing nylons and TPEs, “greener” plastics, and enhanced styrenic and PC resins are among the new materials that made their debut at the big show in Orlando, Fla., last month.

Materials & Additives at NPE: Performance, Processability, And Sustainability

Bioplastics take center stage.

Novel Fuel Systems Power Blow Molder’s Growth

Nano technology gives The Plastics Group a leg up on developing fuel systems for non-automotive applications

Carbon Nanotube-Enhanced Plastics

WEB EXCLUSIVE: In one of two recent announcements about carbon nanotubes, Arkema Inc., Philadelphia, has received EPA approval for commercial sales of its Graphistrength carbon nanotube (CNT) masterbatches in the U.S.

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OVERVIEW:
Nanocomposites

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Nanocomposites are a class of mineral-reinforced plastics that are formulated with relatively small amounts (2-5%) of nanometer-sized clay particles that are said to provide large improvements in mechanical and thermal properties, as well as gas barrier and flame resistance. They also reduce shrinkage and warpage. And all of these benefits are available without significantly raising the density of the compound or reducing light transmission.


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