Tires made from flowers

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Continental and Fraunhofer join forces to develop rubber made from dandelion plants for tire production.

Book Review: Computer Modeling for Injection Molding: Simulation, Optimization, and Control

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Professor Roberto Pantani of the University of Salerno reviews Computer Modeling for Injection Molding, edited by Huamin Zhou.

Plastics project management: saving money in the wrong places

For a medical housing (“Example 2”), filling analysis confirmed that the short shots at the louvre vents (circled) resulted from cold spots and stagnant flow regions during molding.

Plastics consultant Mark Rosen looks at how efforts to save money in part development are often counter-productive.

Carbon dioxide – raw material of the future

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2nd CO2-Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers in “Haus der Technik” Essen, Germany, October 7th to 9th 2013

Revolutionary 3D displays

Revolutionary 3D displays

A new development pledges to revolutionize the fittings of future car interiors – 3D displays with homogeneous, fully customizable surfaces.

Want to smash stuff on cellulose bioplastics? Just add polyethylene!

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Bioplastics have often poor mechanical properties. Adding a small amount of traditional petroleum plastics solves the problem.

PDFLink to the original paper on Wiley Online Library

Cut CO2 emissions with innovative polymers

Cut CO2 Emissions with Innovative Polymers

DuPont shows how advanced materials, design and processing converge to help automakers cut CO2 emissions and conserve fuel.

The New World of Fractal Structuring

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Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics advisory board member Han Meijer presents his work on fractal structuring at ANTEC 2013.

Recycling Carbon Fibers from Composites

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New research on recycling carbon from composites ensures that the fibers retain their properties to the greatest extent possible.

US Naval Research Lab launch second-generation polymer resin

NRL's proprietary phthalonitrile resins, developed by the Chemistry Division, were measured to have dielectric permittivity and loss tangent characteristics that make them ideally suited for use in radomes. The E-2C Hawkeye aircraft is the U.S. Navy's all-weather, carrier-based tactical battle management airborne early warning, command and control aircraft. The spiral painted on the rotating radome of this Hawkeye is the hallmark of the "Screwtops" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 123. Image: DoD/U.S. Navy.

PEEK-like phthalonitrile resin has superior high-temperature and flammability properties for use in numerous marine, aerospace, and domestic applications.