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Predicting the Performance of Chemical Blowing Agents Using Thermal Analysis Techniques

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Dixon, D (2000) Predicting the Performance of Chemical Blowing Agents Using Thermal Analysis Techniques. Journal of Cellular Plastics, 36 (4). pp. 310-326. [Journal article]

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URL: http://cel.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/36/4/310

DOI: 10.1177/0021955X0003600405


This paper demonstrates how the cell morphology of extruded expanded poly-propylene (EPP) may be related to the thermal decomposition behavior of chemical blowing agents (CBAs) used in their production. The thermal analysis techniques used in this study were differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). Tests were completed on six of the CBAs now available for use with PP. It was found that agents with a higher decomposition temperature and rate of gas evolution generally produced foam samples with a smaller cell size and higher cell density. This information will be beneficial to producers and users of CBAs.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Nanotechnology & Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC)
ID Code:5384
Deposited By:Dr Dorian Dixon
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 12:17
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 11:43

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