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  • Elastomer indicates a material which exibits an elastic behaviour, namely a material that undergoes to large deformation if subjected to a force, and recover its original shape when the force is removed. Such elastic behaviour is very similar to the elasticity of traditional vulcanized rubbers.
  • Elastomers are usually thermosets (requiring vulcanization) but may also be thermoplastic (see thermoplastic elastomer). The long polymer chains cross-link during curing.
  • Temperature effects are also present in the demonstrated elasticity of a polymer. Elastomers that have cooled to a glassy or crystalline phase will have less mobile chains, and consequentially less elasticity, than those manipulated at temperatures higher than the glass transition temperature of the polymer.
  • Various types of elastomers are Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE), Thermoplastic Vulcanizates (TPV), Polyurethane rubber, Resilin, Elastin and Polysulfide Rubber.
  • Summarizing a TPE is a material showing elastic/rubbery behviour at room temperature and thermoplastic/viscous behaviour at high temperature. Despite to such noticeable properties, TPE can be used in substitution of traditional vulcanized rubbers for many applications giving to the final goods the same rubbery feeling.
  • Polyurethanes elastomers present properties that can be varied over a broad range, depending on the choice of raw materials, their formulation, the compounding with different materials and their processing.
  • Because of their very special and versatile properties, polyurethanes elastomers have found wide application in virtually every industry, varying from the automotive, electrical and electronic industry, design and textile industry, to the mining and heavy duty industry.
  • Applications of copolyester elastomers include hydraulic hose, fire hose, flexible couplings, diaphragms, gears, protective boots, seals, oil-field parts, sports-shoe soles, wire and cable insulation, fiber-optic jacketing, electrical connectors, fasteners, knobs, and bushings.
  • The thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) market in the United States is gradually attaining commodity status, effecting a slew of changes in terms of price and profit margin.
  • China's demand for thermoplastic elastomers has grown at a fast pace in the past decade. In the next five years, both production and demand will continue to grow.
  • It is forecast that the Chinese automobiles, footwear, appliances, construction, industrial products, wire and cable industries will continue to fuel demand for thermoplastic elastomers and to lead the industry in growth. The total market demand for thermoplastic elastomers will increase 12.0% annually to 1,129,000 metric tons by the year 2009.
General
  • Elastomer Introduction
  • Polyurethanes Elastomers
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers
  • Materials by Design - Elastomers
  • Non-Foams Elastomers
  • Elastomers Properties
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers Information
  • Creation and Development of Thermoplastic Elastomers 

Production and Processing

  • Performance and Processing Enhancements of Aromatic Polyurea Elastomer Systems
  • Ethylene-Propylene Rubbers & Elastomers
  • Design, Fabrication, and Testing of Micromachined Silicone Rubber Membrane Valves 
  • Elastomer Processing
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers processing
  • Processing of TPE
  • Production of thermoplastic elastomers

Company Profiles

  • Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals
  • Corry Rubber Corporation
  • DSM Elastomers
  • Midwest Elastomers Inc
  • Santoprene TPE
  • High Tech Elastomers, Inc
  • Synoprene Polymers Pvt. Ltd.
  • Technovinyl Polymers India Ltd

Consultants

  • Thermoplastic Elastomer Consultant and Engineering Plastics Expert
  • Oakdene
  • Intota
  • Nicholas J. Sarra
  • Richard L. Rabe
  • Terence A. Cooper
  • Fluoroelastomer Specialists

Projects

  • Cost Efficient Recycling of Elastomeric Materials With Noise and Vibration Damping Applications
  • Elastomer Modeling
  • Elastomer Durability Tester
  • New elastomer bonding project to be launched Q4 2003
  • Visible Implant Elastomer Tag
  • Liquid crystalline thermoplastic elastomers for actuators and electromechanical applications
  • Soft metrology of soft-touch polymers and elastomers
  • Biodegradable thermoplastic elastomers
  • Thermoplastic elastomers by dynamic crosslinking using radical curing agents

Plant

  • Bespak Debuts Elastomer Plant
  • Thermoplastic Elastomer Plant in the U.S.
  • Mitsui Chemical opens largest elastomers plant outside of Japan
  • Pilot-Plants
  • Singapore Elastomers Plant
  • Fourne PolymerTechnik

Technology

  • Nanolok Technology
  • Railway Technology
  • ED Resistant Elastomers 
  • Silicone Elastomers Evaluated for Sealing Applications in Space Environments
  • Elastomers expand design options
  • Advanced Elastomer Systems

 

Applications
  • Elastomer applications, Functions, and recommended grades
  • Process Applications from Perishables to Durables
  • Elastomers Applications
  • Laminates Elastomers Applications and Benefits
  • Polyurethane Usage Applications
  • Rubbers and Elastomers – Applications
  • Vibration Control
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Vistalon Elastomers For FDA-Regulated Applications

  • Automotive Sealing Applications

Products

  • Elastoscreen Products
  • Kent Elastomer Products
  • Specialty Elastomers Products
  • Elastomer & Ride Control Products
  • Tera Polyolefin Elastomer Seal

Patent

  • TPO blends containing multimodal elastomers
  • Olefinic thermoplastic elastomer sheet
  • Polypropylene thermoplastic elastomer compositions having improved processing properties and physical property balance
  • Process for the production of tires comprising vulcanized elastomers
  • Process for the surface treatment of unsaturated rubber
  • Manufacturing process of spray urethane elastomer
  • Transparent elastomer safety shield
  • Thermoplastic Vulcanizates

Market

  • DuPont Performance Elastomers Demonstrates Suitability Of Fluoroelastomers In Ethanol Fuel Blends
  • ExxonMobil to Increase Santoprene Production Capacity
  • Total Market Demand for Thermoplastic Elastomers in China
  • High Hardness Compounds with Good Properties and Processibility 

  • Focus on Growth
  • Lubrizol Expanding into New Markets
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers – Is it Still a Specialty Market

Reports

  • Increase in Thermoplastic Elastomer Production Capacity
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers Conference - TPE 2006
  • Tenneco Automotive Launches Elastomer Production in Europe
  • Chinese Markets for Specialty Elastomers
  • Properties of “Soft Touch” Thermoplastic Elastomers

Material Safety Data Sheet

  • Elastomer Series
  • ENDUR
  • Methylene-bis-Ortho-ChloroAniline
  • Silicone Elastomer Base
  • NANCAR® NBR Elastomer

Suppliers

  • Elastomers Exporters
  • Elastomers suppliers
  • Manufacturers/ Suppliers of Polyester Thermoplastic Elastomer
  • Thermoplastic Elastomer Suppliers
  • Polyurethane Elastomers Suppliers
  • Thermoplastic Elastomer Manufacturers & Suppliers
  • Thermoplastic Manufacturers
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers industry
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers US Suppliers

Buyers

  • Foreign Importers & Buyers
  • Indian Importers & Buyers
  • Elastomers Buyers List1
  • Elastomers Buyers List2
  • Elastomers Buyers List3

Guides

  • Health & Safety Executive Guidelines for Elastomer Usage
  • Elastomer Keypad Design Guidelines 

  • Predicting and Measuring the ‘Feel’ of Soft-touch Thermoplastic Elastomers 

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