Insights from BCC Research

Novel Method Cures New Synthetic Resin

Written by Clayton Luz on Jun 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Irradiate any part of this new type of resin formulation with UV light, and it solidifies within seconds or minutes. Regardless of its previous shape, the hardening effect spreads outwards until the material is completely solid. The process, called frontal polymerization, can be started anywhere on the novel material, which was developed at the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry at TU Wien, in Vienna, Austria. 
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Topics: Plastics

PVC Pipe Proved Peerless by Life-Cycle Study

Written by Clayton Luz on May 23, 2017 10:00:00 AM
A recent study supports polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe as having the environmental and economical attributes needed for long-lasting water and sewer systems. The report touts PVC pipe as less costly than other types of flexible piping for water, yet maintains performance and reliable service levels. The result: a product type that protects water quality and minimizes water main breaks, water loss, and infiltration and pavement repairs.
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Topics: Plastics

Polymer Additive Could Revolutionize Plastics Recycling

Written by Clayton Luz on May 11, 2017 12:24:09 PM

Researchers have developed a multiblock polymer that, when added in small amounts to a mix of the two otherwise incompatible polyolefins, creates a mechanically tough blend.

The researchers added a miniscule amount of their tetrablock (four-block) polymer to alternating segments of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP)—two incompatible plastics—creating a blend that reportedly has superior strength to the two-block polymers.

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Topics: Plastics

A Semiconductive Polymer That Decomposes?

Written by Clayton Luz on May 9, 2017 7:39:04 PM
It sounds like something gadget-inventor “Q” from the James Bond movies might have devised: a prototype material for an ultrathin, skin-like semiconductor that degrades when it comes into contact with a weak acid like vinegar.
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Topics: Plastics