Issue-399 - February 17, 2014   Recommend
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Perstorp inaugurates neopentyl glycol plant in China

The Perstorp Group has officially inaugurated its new neopentyl glycol (Neo) plant at its joint venture Shandong Perstorp Fufeng Chemical Co., Ltd. in Zibo, China, on 25 November 2013. According to the company, the plant is fully functional and has been producing top quality Neo right from its operational start-up in September 2013. Available in...

Company name: Perstorp
Published On: Sunday February 09th, 2014

BASF to increase prices for Butanediol and Derivatives in North America

Effective immediately or as contracts allow, BASF is increasing its list and off-list prices in North America for the following grades of Butanediol and Derivatives:■ 1,4 Butanediol (BDO): $0.05/lb ■ N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP): $0.05/lb ■ N-Ethylpyrrolidone (NEP): $0.05/lb ■ gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL): $0.05/lb ■...

Company name: BASF
Published On: Tuesday February 11th, 2014

Methylene Di-P-Phenylene Isocyanate (MDI): 2014 World Market Outlook and Forecast up to 2018

Methylene di-p-phenylene isocyanate 2014 World Market Outlook and Forecast is an absolutely essential resource for anyone looking for detailed information on the mentioned market. Using a wide range of primary and secondary sources, we combined, analyzed and presented all available data about methylene di-p-phenylene isocyanate market in the...

Company name: Research and Markets
Published On: Tuesday February 11th, 2014

Japan Companies Requested Anti-dumping Investigation Against TDI Imports from China

It's reported by Japan media that some Japan enterprises have applied for anti-dumping investigation against TDI imports from China and the government's decision is pending to make.According to market analysts from Suntower Consulting (PUdaily), Bayer MaterialScience (China) is the leading TDI exporter since official startup of its 250 kt TDI plant...

Company name:
Published On: Wednesday February 12th, 2014

Electrolube Launch Electronics Protection Solutions in India

Protection of electronics is a large design concern, particularly if electronic equipment is to be deployed in aggressive environments or demanding climatic conditions. Electrolube, the solutions provider of electro-chemicals, will launch a range of complete protection solutions for electronics manufacturers in India this month following a surge in...

Company name: Electrolube
Published On: Tuesday February 11th, 2014

Baulé to exhibit at PU TECH 2014

The French company Baulé will highlight its new generations of TDI-ether-based and MDI-based systems as well as high output equipment and integrated production units at PU TECH 2014, stand D09 - D10. The new generation of TDI-ether-based TTX systems is available in 85, 90, and 95 Shore A hardnesses, offering good overall mechanical properties,...

Company name: Baule
Published On: Wednesday February 12th, 2014

Bayer material innovations help improve wound care

Bayer MaterialScience LLC announces a polyurethane-based adhesive based on its Baymedix A raw material is now available in the United States. Targeted for skin adherence in wound care and biosensor applications, this skin-friendly adhesive offers adjustable adhesive strengths, hydroselectivity and gentle removal that is comparable to silicone...

Company name: Bayer MaterialScience LLC
Published On: Friday February 14th, 2014

Raw materials from Bayer help rapid-curing polyaspartic coatings increase productivity, offer high...

Building and construction professionals want coatings that protect substrates such as metal and concrete without a time-consuming drying process that delays fabrication schedules. Rapid-curing polyaspartic coatings using Bayer MaterialScience LLC raw materials provide increased productivity while maintaining high performance and offering...

Company name: Bayer MaterialScience LLC
Published On: Friday February 14th, 2014

The New Face of the Coatings Industry

What began as a niche women's roundtable at the 2011 conference ballooned this year to two hour-long technical presentations, a two-hour panel discussion with leading experts, and an inaugural award honoring women's contributions to the industry.The Women in Coatings Impact Award, presented for the first time, was developed to recognize women who...

Company name: The Society for Protective Coatings
Published On: Sunday February 16th, 2014

Hempel opens new factory in Saudi Arabia

Strategically located in Jeddah, Hempel's first waterborne factory in the Middle East will help meet the growing demand for Hempel decorative coatings in the region.The new plant, located in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), will manufacture paint for the decorative coatings segment and will supply the entire Middle Eastern market.Besides being Hempel's...

Company name: Hempel
Published On: Monday February 17th, 2014

Arizona Polymer Flooring Rolls Out StatRez Static Control Flooring

Arizona Polymer Flooring offers its line of StatRez Static Control Flooring Systems, intended to protect areas requiring static dissipative or conductive flooring. The static control properties of StatRez prevent electrostatic damage to products and equipment, limit the ability of personnel to build up a charge, and quickly remove a charge from a...

Company name: Arizona Polymer Flooring
Published On: Wednesday February 12th, 2014

Antifouling technology useful for other industries

Experts have different ideas for further usages of the antifouling properties known from marine coatings.Speakers of the European Coatings Conference "Marine coatings" reveal what they consider as further industrial usage of anti-fouling properties for coatingsThey will talk about very recent anti-fouling developments at this conference in...

Company name: The European Coatings Conference
Published On: Friday February 14th, 2014

NCFI Polyurethanes' TerraThane Spray Foam Solves Erosion Problems At Popular Rock-Climbing Site

Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, the visitor's center for the eastern U.S.'s most popular rock-climbing destination located in Pendleton County, WV, had a growing problem common to concrete slab foundations: erosion of the soil beneath the slabs created voids that left areas of the center with uneven spots and settled anywhere from one-to three...

Company name: NCFI Polyurethanes
Published On: Monday February 17th, 2014

MAPEI Launches New Line of Products for Wood Floors

MAPEI, leading manufacturer of adhesives, mortars and chemical products for the building industry, is adding another branch to its growing family tree of wood-flooring products. The Ultracoat line was designed in Europe, where it has developed a proven track record of performance. MAPEI Americas is now bringing the Ultracoat finishing materials and...

Company name: Mapei
Published On: Friday February 14th, 2014

Henkel Formulates New Autodeposition Coating

Henkel Corporation has introduced a new, water-based reactive autodeposition coating, Bonderite M-PP 930C™, formulated specifically to deliver a uniform, defect-free surface coating on raw cast components and ferrous metals. This innovative epoxy-acrylic urethane coating easily coats both the inside and outside of complex components, and delivers...

Company name: Henkel
Published On: Wednesday February 12th, 2014

Allnex Presents Its Latest Technologies to Enhance Plastic Coatings & Waterborne Wood Coatings at...

Allnex will be present at Paint India 2014 to showcase its broad portfolio of technologies consisting of Liquid Resins & Additives, Radcure UV/EB Curable Coating Resins & Additives, Powder Coating Resins & Additives and Crosslinkers at its booth no. C9 at Hall 1 of the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai from 6th - 8th March 2014.At Paint India...

Company name: Allnex
Published On: Friday February 14th, 2014

High-performance adhesives and functional coatings for composites

Composites for the aerospace industry must meet a wide range of requirements. In addition to weight reduction, performance and manufacturing are in focus. With a weight saving of up to thirty percent over current surface films and a minimized pre-paint preparation, the innovative, epoxy-based surface film Loctite EA 9845 LC Aero Henkel exactly...

Company name: Henkel
Published On: Tuesday February 11th, 2014

BASF launches new MasterSeal® NP 100 construction sealant

BASF today launched MasterSeal NP 100 joint sealant in North America. The new construction sealant continues BASF's innovation within its Master Builders Solutions portfolio. MasterSeal NP 100 is a hybrid sealant specially formulated utilizing polymers created through BASF's chemistry expertise.For more information contact:Kathy Higgins BASF...

Company name: BASF Construction Chemicals
Published On: Friday February 14th, 2014

Polyurethane a potential alternative to rubber?

Many contractors use rubber instead of polyurethane, owing to rubber being cheaper. However, polyurethane is far more cost effective than rubber in terms of the cost for every ton transported and the energy application use, says polyurethane moulding com- pany Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) MD Trevor Carolin.Polyurethane includes many benefits,...

Company name: Urethane Moulded Products
Published On: Saturday February 15th, 2014

General Plastics Receives 2013 Boeing Performance Excellence Award

General Plastics Manufacturing Company today announced that it has received a 2013 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company presents the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. General Plastics maintained a Silver composite performance rating for quality and delivery each month of the 12-month...

Company name: General Plastics
Published On: Friday February 14th, 2014

First Subsea announces twin seal pipe recovery tool

Subsea connector specialist, First Subsea Ltd, has announced the integration of Hyperlast 101 Twin Sealing system with its range of pipeline recovery tools (PRT) used to recover subsea flowline and gas export production pipelines to the surface. The twin polyurethane seals increase the PRT's resilience and scope for long-term deployment in...

Company name: First Subsea
Published On: Friday February 14th, 2014

Putting Money Back Into Mining Operation Pockets With Multotec Ceramic Impact Panels

Impact resistant ceramic panels were introduced, as an alternative to traditional cast manganese or hard steel liners, for use on headgear chutes in the gold mining industry in 1987. The technological advances applied by developers Multotec Wear Linings within these products, over the past 26 years, has resulted in major cost savings for a number...

Company name: Multotec
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Just what the doctor ordered: Advanced materials from Bayer play important role in bringing...

Today, more than ever, people seem to always be on the move ... reluctant to slow down, even when medical treatment is needed. Medical device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) recognize this by developing products that will help patients get back on their feet more quickly, and by contributing to a better overall quality of life. When seeking...

Company name: Bayer MaterialScience LLC
Published On: Tuesday February 11th, 2014

Hannover Messe 2014: ContiTech Material Highlights on Show

High-performance materials made of rubber and plastic, intelligent materials, useful service apps: at the Hannover Messe 2014, (April 7 - 11) ContiTech will present its future-oriented technological know-how for industrial applications based on material and procedural expertise stretching back over decades. Highlights on display at the 500 square...

Company name: ContiTech
Published On: Wednesday February 12th, 2014

New Low Profile Heavy Duty Caster Easy on Floors and Holds Over 1,700 lbs

Payson Casters is pleased to announce the addition of another new custom made built to spec caster to our extensive line of caster solutions.The new Fireplug heavy duty caster line is designed for multiple uses where there is a low height requirement, yet it offers a high weight capacity, at the same time.Made in the USA, this new caster has been...

Company name: Payson Casters
Published On: Tuesday February 11th, 2014

New Elesa Catalogue Covers Extended Range of Industrial Castors and Wheels

Elesa's new 60 plus page catalogue of industrial castors and wheels covers a greatly extended range - by almost 50% - especially focussed on the heavy duty end RE.F series with up to 25000 N dynamic carrying capacity. It is available free on application or by download from the website.The heavy duty RE.F4-WEH features moulded on...

Company name: Elesa
Published On: Monday February 17th, 2014

New TPUs for Conveyor Belts, Harvesting Equipment and Dispensing Machinery

APS Elastomers now offers TPUs suitable for food contact applications. The new TPU grades are ideal for applications such as conveyor belts, harvesting equipment, and other dry food and bottle dispensing machinery. These grades have a broad processing range, are easy to color, and meet FDA standards for usage in contact with dry food.Available in...

Company name: Alliance Polymers and Services
Published On: Tuesday February 11th, 2014

Light Hydraulic Breakers with polyurethane cushion from Crowder Pneumatics

The straightforward construction also means that CP breakers are extremely quiet,since the hammer mechanism is completely enclosed by the outer protective box. But that 's only part of the story. What really makes a difference is a polyurethane cushion. Placed between the hammer body and the hammer box, it prevents metal-to-metal contact, cutting...

Company name: Crowder Pneumatics
Published On: Wednesday February 12th, 2014

NIST Study Suggests Ways to Improve Common Furniture Fire Test

The bench-scale test widely used to evaluate whether a burning cigarette will ignite upholstered furniture may underestimate the tendency of component materials to smolder when these materials are used in sofas and chairs supported by springs or cloth, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and American University researchers report...

Company name: The US National Institute of Standards and Technology
Published On: Wednesday February 12th, 2014

New Houston Premises for Seatronics

Seatronics Inc., USA, is moving to a new, purpose-built facility in Houston, TX, to expand its rental, sales and service work for customers throughout North and Central America. The facility has 15,000 square feet of floor space, which provides scope for expansion in all departments.The new plant, at 1319 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Suite 150,...

Company name: Seatronics
Published On: Friday February 14th, 2014

Foam Factory Acquires New Automated CNC Horizontal Cutter Machine for Precision-Cut Custom Foam...

Foam Factory, a leading manufacturer of custom foam products, announced today that it has acquired a new computer numerical control (CNC) foam cutter, helping them create precise, custom foam products with greater speed and accuracy than ever. This programmable, automated saw is able to process a wide range of flexible polyurethane open-cell foam...

Company name: Foam Factory
Published On: Friday February 14th, 2014

Iran's petchem industry highly depends on foreigners

The managing director of National Petrochemical Co. Abbas Shari Moghaddam says that Iran has started negotiations with some companies from France, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Japan and South Korea in the petrochemical industry, but hasn't signed any agreement, yet.According to Mehr News Agency's report published on Feb.12, he criticized the...

Company name: The National Petrochemical Company
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Belgium's Ravago acquires Turkish polyurethanes producer

Belgium-based plastics supplier Ravago has further expanded its already-strong presence in Turkey with the acquisition of Tekpol AS, a maker of various polyurethane products.Ravago Petrokimya, the petrochemicals branch of the Belgian group in Turkey, which was formed in early 2014 with the merger of the three previously separate companies,...

Company name: Ravago
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Huntsman 4Q Adjusted Profit Beats Views

U.S. chemical maker Huntsman Corp's fourth-quarter adjusted profit comfortably beat analysts' estimates, helped by higher demand for polyurethane used in foam insulation and paint pigments.Huntsman's shares were up 7 percent at $23.62 in light trading before the bell on Tuesday.Revenue in the pigments business rose 3 percent.Huntsman's $1.1 billion...

Company name: Huntsman International LLC
Published On: Tuesday February 11th, 2014

Now, Rubco makes foray into spring mattresses

Rubberised coir mattress manufacturer Kerala State Rubber Co-operative Limited (Rubco) is all set to make foray into the spring mattress market.Speaking to media persons here on Monday, Rubco chairman V.N. Vasavan said the Kannur-based rubber cooperative was embarking on the new venture considering the increasing demand for spring mattresses. The...

Company name: Kerala State Rubber
Published On: Tuesday February 11th, 2014

Multi-Million Euro Investment in Italy and China Announced by SAPICI

Driven by its continuous business success and commitment to sustainable growth, SAPICI S.p.A. disclosed today its new multi-million Euro investment. The investment is aimed at both expanding in San Cipriano Po (IT) the aliphatic derivative product range that the company manufactures in Italy and commercialises through direct sales and its capillary...

Company name: Sapici
Published On: Tuesday February 11th, 2014

Trimer catalysts with improved processability and surface cure

The present invention provides trimerization catalyst compositions having an .alpha.,.beta.-unsaturated carboxylate salt and methods to produce a polyisocyanurate/polyurethane foam using such trimerization catalyst compositions

Company name: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Surface-treatment agent, method for producing coated steel sheet using the surface-treatment agent,...

A surface-treatment agent contains a resin compound having a specific bisphenol skeleton, a cationic urethane resin emulsion, a silane coupling agent, an organic titanium chelate compound, a tetravalent vanadyl compound, and water, with predetermined proportions and having a pH of 4 to 5; a method for producing a coated steel sheet using the...

Company name: JFE Steel Corporation
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Hydroswellable, segmented, aliphatic polyurethanes and polyurethane ureas

Hydroswellable, absorbable and non-absorbable, aliphatic, segmented polyurethanes and polyurethane-urea capable of swelling in the biological environment with associated increase in volume of at least 3 percent have more than one type of segments, including those derived from polyethylene glycol and the molecular chains are structurally tailored to...

Company name: Poly-Med
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Polyurethane foam and method for producing same

A polyurethane foam is obtainable from the reaction of a mixture comprising A) an isocyanate-reactive compound; B) a blowing agent selected from the group comprising linear, branched or cyclic C.sub.1-C.sub.6 hydrocarbons, linear, branched or cyclic C.sub.1-C.sub.6 (hydro)fluorocarbons, N.sub.2, O.sub.2, argon and/or CO.sub.2, wherein said blowing...

Company name: Bayer Intellectual Property
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Producing polymer foams comprising imide groups

A process for producing a polymer foam comprises reacting components A to C in the presence of component D and optionally E or an isocyanate-functional prepolymer of components A and B with component C in the presence of component D and optionally component E, the total amount of which is 100 wt %, (A) 35 to 65 wt % of at least one polyisocyanate...

Company name: BASF SE
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Wet lubricant surface coating having excellent durability, method for surface coating, and a medical...

A lubricant surface coating having good lubricity and high durability, comprising (A) an urethane polymer layer comprising (a) 40 to 80% by weight of at least one component selected from an aromatic diisocyanate, an aliphatic diisocyanate and an alicyclic diisocyanate and (b) 20 to 60% by weight of a polyol having at least trifunctionality and (B)...

Company name: Kaneka
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Polyurea self-sealing target

A polymer material is adapted to coat a weapons training target that has the ability to self-heal and maintain its useful life significantly longer than conventional targets. The polymer material includes a polyurea formed from a mixture of about 1 part isocyanate to about 1 part polyetheramine. Methods for making the targets include coating a...

Company name:
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Cationic electrodeposition coating composition and coated article

The present invention provides a cationic electrodeposition coating composition comprising: a specific amino group-containing modified epoxy resin (A); a blocked polyisocyanate curing agent (B); a water-soluble zirconium compound (C); and sulfamic acid, wherein the water-soluble zirconium compound (C) is present in an amount of 10 to 10,000 ppm,...

Company name: Kansai Paint
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Adherence substance, pressure sensitive adhesive sheet and its use

To provide an adherence substance which has a low viscosity and good coatability, can be made solvent free, has a low adhesive strength, of which increase with time is small, has good adhesion to a substrate, has excellent adhesion to an adherend and excellent removability, and has a good wettability. An adherence substance which is obtained by...

Company name: Asahi Glass Co Ltd
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Reactive roofing adhesive

A two-part adhesive includes an A side, a B side, at least one of a polyurethane prepolymer and a diisocyanate, a polyol, a catalyst, and an adhesion promoter. The polyurethane prepolymer or diisocyanate is present in the A side from about 50% to 100% by weight of the A side composition. The polyol is present in the B side from about 52% to about...

Company name: ADCO Products
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Weather-resistant polyurethane casting compounds, a process for preparation thereof and use thereof

The invention concerns novel weather-resistant polyurethane casting compounds, a process for preparation thereof and use thereof in the building sector.

Company name: Rhein Chemie
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Method for manufacturing school bus seat with energy absorber and using same

A method and an apparatus for manufacturing an envelope style bus seat back cushion includes the steps of opening a hinged mold and then spraying the cavity of the mold with an elastomeric skin. The hinged mold includes first and second sides having a cavity in each of the sides. The cavities of the mold combine to form a mold cavity. The sides of...

Company name:
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Golf ball with hard cover layer

A golf ball is provided that has a cover layer with an increased hardness. The golf ball may have an inner core made from a highly neutralized polymer. The golf ball may have a four-piece construction, including an inner core, an outer core, a mantle layer, and the cover layer. The cover layer may be made of a thermoplastic polyurethane. The...

Company name: Nike
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Intravaginal ring comprising polyurethane composition for drug delivery

The invention is directed to an intravaginal drug delivery device comprising at least one pharmaceutically active substance, and a polyurethane copolymer, wherein the copolymer has the structure according to formula (I): ##STR00001## The invention is further directed to administering one or more pharmaceutically active substances to a patient in...

Company name: DSM
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Optical article and method for producing the same

A method for producing an optical article includes laminating on a plastic substrate a first layer using a first composition, the first composition including two or more kinds of polyurethane resins each having a different average particle diameter, metal oxide particulates, and an organosilicon compound.

Company name: Hoya Lens Manufacturing Philippines
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Roll coating roll and method for its manufacture

A roll coating is manufactured having fiber and polyurethane made from aromatic isocyanate. The roll coating incorporates fiber having improved strength during the manufacturing stage, and so does not crack, as a result of which the coating can be manufactured in a simple, efficient and inexpensive manner. A roll of a fiber web machine has a roll...

Company name: Metso Paper
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Electrochemical cells comprising polyimides

Electrochemical cell comprising (A) at least one anode as component (A), (B) at least one cathode as component (B), (C) at least one non-aqueous electrolyte as component (C), (D) at least one separator positioned between anode (A) and cathode (B), as component (D), characterized in that separator (D) is manufactured from at least one polyimide...

Company name: BASF SE
Published On: Thursday February 13th, 2014

Development of MDP-based one-step self-etch adhesive--effect of additional 4-META on bonding...

We designed three experimental 10-methacryloyloxydecyl dihydrogen phosphate (MDP)-based one-step (EX) adhesives consisting of MDP, urethane dimethacrylate, and triethylene glycol dimethacrylate adhesives with different water contents (98.4, 196.8, and 294.4 mg/g), and 4-methacryloyloxyethyl trimellitic anhydride (4-META) or 2-hydroxyethyl...

Company name: Nihon University
Published On: Monday February 17th, 2014

Characteristics of glycolysis products of polyurethane foams made with polyhydric alcohol liquefied...

Liquefied wood-based polyurethane (PU) foams were made by mixing polyethylene glycol liquefied wood ofCryptomeria japonica with 4,4″-diphenylmethane diisocyanate (PMDI). Glycolysis of PU foams was conducted by using diethylene glycol (DEG), ethylene glycol (EG), and propylene glycol (PG) as solvent with a weight ratio of PU powders to glycol...

Company name: Taiwan Textile Research Institute
Published On: Monday February 17th, 2014

Nanoscale Thermal Analysis of Automobile Coatings Using nano-TA Thermal Probe from Anasys...

Organic polymeric materials are widely used as coatings in a variety of markets and applications, primarily to improve surface properties, appearance and performance. These applications are becoming more sophisticated, and due to the multivariate nature of coatings, their decreased dimensions often produce layers of polymers having different...

Company name: Anasys Instruments
Published On: Tuesday February 11th, 2014

Corrosion resistance and lifetime of polyimide-b-polyurea novel copolymer coatings

A novel class of polyurea-b-polyimide (PUI) block copolymer coating containing environmentally friendly aromatic polyurea has been successfully synthesized for corrosion protection of aluminum alloy 2024-T3 (Al 2024-T3). The PUI copolymer is able to self-assemble into a supramacromolecule by means of intra and inter-hydrogen bonds (H-bonds). The...

Company name: University of Cincinnati
Published On: Monday February 17th, 2014

Crystallization and thermal properties in waterborne polyurethane elastomers: Influence of mixed...

A series of nontoxic biodegradable waterborne polyurethane (WBPUs) elastomers were synthesized by two-step polymerization, using isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI), 1,4-butandiol (BDO) and l-lysine as a chain extender and a range of soft segments with various macrodiols composition. The soft segment was formed by replacing polycaprolactone diol (PCL)...

Company name: University of Niš
Published On: Monday February 17th, 2014

A novel thermoplastic polyurethane scaffold fabrication method based on injection foaming with water...

Injection foaming is an method for mass producing lightweight, foamed plastic components with excellent dimensional stability while using less material and energy. In this study, a novel injection foaming method employing supercritical CO2 (scCO2) and water as coblowing agents was developed to produce thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) components...

Company name: South China University of Technology
Published On: Monday February 17th, 2014

Effect of Addition of Montmorillonite and Carbon Nanotubes on a Thermoplastic polyurethane: High...

Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and thermoplastic polyurethane/polyamide 11 (TPU/PA) nanocomposites were prepared via melt compounding, incorporating Cloisite®30B (Cl) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT). Morphological characterization of all samples was conducted using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, differential...

Company name: Tennessee Technological University
Published On: Monday February 17th, 2014

Towards a reference polyurethane foam and bench scale test for assessing smoldering in upholstered...

Smoldering poses a severe fire hazard due to the potentially lethal amount of toxic carbon monoxide released, and the possible transition from smoldering to flaming (eventually leading to rapid fire growth and flash-over) with ignition sources otherwise too weak to directly induce flaming. Smoldering in residential-furniture upholstery materials...

Company name: The National Institute of Standards and Technology
Published On: Wednesday February 12th, 2014

Bees collect polyurethane and polyethylene plastics as novel nest materials

Plastic waste pervades the global landscape. Although adverse impacts on both species and ecosystems have been documented, there are few observations of behavioral flexibility and adaptation in species, especially insects, to increasingly plastic-rich environments. Here, two species of megachilid bee are described independently using different...

Company name: York University
Published On: Wednesday February 12th, 2014

Overcoming the brittleness of glass through bio-inspiration and micro-architecture

Normally when you drop a drinking glass on the floor it shatters. But, in future, thanks to a technique developed in McGill's Department of Mechanical Engineering, when the same thing happens the glass is likely to simply bend and become slightly deformed. That's because Prof. François Barthelat and his team have successfully taken inspiration from...

Company name: McGill University
Published On: Tuesday February 11th, 2014


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