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Millable Plastics: Which are Suited to Oil and Gas?

Posted On May 22, 2017


There are certain polymers out there that can be classified as millable or machinable.  When millable plastics are needed for the aggressive environments encountered by oil and gas equipment, the challenge to find a suitable polymer becomes even harder.  

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Understanding the Glass Transition Temperature of Polymers

Posted On April 28, 2017


As you know, polymers behave very differently from metals.  One aspect of that behavior involves the glass transition temperature.  In this blog post, we are going to focus on the glass transition temperature of thermoplastics.


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Thermal Analysis Techniques for Polymers, Part 2:  DSC, TGA, EGA

Posted On April 13, 2017


This blog post represents the second installment in a series of posts on thermal analysis techniques for polymers.  In part 1 we discussed differential thermal analysis, thermomechanical analysis, and dynamic mechanical analysis.  

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Thermal Analysis Techniques for Polymers, Part 1:  DTA, TMA, and DMA

Posted On April 11, 2017


In this blog post, we are going to start a discussion about the most common thermal analysis techniques used to investigate the properties of polymers.  In part 1 of this series, our focus will be on:

  • differential thermal analysis
  • thermomechanical analysis; and
  • dynamic mechanical analysis 

This discussion will include how these tests are performed and what kind of properties can be determined from the resulting data.

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Types of Polymer Seals and Materials for the Medical Industry

Posted On March 22, 2017


Seals are a vital part of the medical industry
, and you will typically see high performance polymers seals used because of the critical need for reliability.  

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Posted in: advanced polymers, Medical & Pharmaceutical Industry

Beginner’s Guide to Polymers and DMA

Posted On March 13, 2017


To determine certain properties of polymers, it is necessary to do a Dynamic Modulus Analyzer, or DMA. This is important because polymers behave very differently from metals when under a load. In this blog post, we are going to provide a beginner’s guide to why DMA is necessary and how it affects our choice of polymers.


 

 

 

 

 

 




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Posted in: advanced polymers, Thermosets and Thermoplastics

Extreme Polymers: PEEK

Posted On February 07, 2017

In our continuing series of blog posts on extreme polymers, we are going to talk about the third most heat resistant polymer on the market today: PEEK.

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Posted in: Polyetheretherketone PEEK, advanced polymers

Extreme Polymers: Polyimide

Posted On January 20, 2017


Polyimide, typically abbreviated as PI or referred to tradenames such as Vespel, Plavis and Duratron-PI, is the second most powerful high temperature engineering polymer on the market today, right behind Celazole.  In this blog post, we are going to discuss the characteristics and uses of this powerful high-performance polymer.

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Extreme Polymers: PBI

Posted On January 18, 2017


Extreme polymers are known for their performance at high temperatures that other polymers just can’t handle. In this blog post, we'll take a look at PBI – the highest performing thermoplastic on the market today.

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Amorphous vs. Semi-Crystalline Polymers

Posted On December 23, 2016

High temperature polymers are divided into two categories:  amorphous and semi-crystalline.  

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