Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are an important class of polymeric materials used in a variety of applications which are used where conventional rubber materials do not have the physical properties needed in the product - in terms of flexibility or durability. These materials find large application in the automotive sector and in the household appliances sector, because they have the properties of both rubber and plastic. In 2014, the global demand for TPEs reached 16.7 billion US dollars in value.
TPE materials can be recycled, similar to plastics, but they have typical elastic properties of rubbers which are not recyclable owing to their thermosetting characteristics. TPE also require little or no compounding, with no need to add reinforcing agents, stabilizers or cure systems. Hence, batch-to-batch variations in weighting and metering components are absent, leading to improved consistency in both raw materials and fabricated articles. of chemical products and/or are interested in entering into the marketplace with chemical products.
In this program you will learn about the various types of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). There are six primary TPE catagories:
The structure of the various materials will be explained, in particular to how the structure correlates to performance properties. The attendees will gain insight into which thermoplastic elastomer to select based upon application conditions. The differences between thermoplastic elastomers and thermoset rubber will be reviewed.
This webinar will introduce the attendees to the basics and most important topics related to thermoplastic elastomers (TPE). The audience will gain a much better understanding of the characteristics of TPE materials. Bridging the gap between classical thermoplastic resins and thermoset rubber, DVDs five wide utility. Different types of TPEs are required under various circumstances, and the attendees will become more familiar with the structure, formulation, and properties of thermoplastic elastomers.
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Jeffrey A. Jansen
Jeffrey A. Jansen is Senior Managing Engineer and a Partner at The Madison Group, an independent polymeric materials engineering and consulting firm. Jeff specializes in failure analysis, material identification and selection, as well as compatibility, aging, and lifetime prediction studies for thermoplastic and ther... More info