Hudson, New York: A Brief History

Hudson, NY is a small city with a rich history and a magnificent location on the east shore of the Hudson River 120 miles north of New York Harbor.
It was originally inhabited by the Mohican Indians. The first known European to navigate the river was Henry Hudson in 1609. Originally called Claverack Landing, there were 10 farming families and fewer than 150 residents. While it was a successful center, it seemed an unlikely place for a whaling port. … Read more

Creep in Plastic Materials

In material sciences, creep is sometimes referred to as cold flow. In this regard, the difference between plastics and other materials is that plastics display time-dependent viscoelastic behavior. Viscoelastic behavior is the property of a material to display both viscous and elastic characteristics when undergoing deformation. It can result from long-term exposure to high levels of stress that are still beneath the yield strength or yield point of the material. The yield strength or yield point of a material is the property defined as the stress at which that material begins to deform permanently. … Read more

How Are Plastics Playing a Role at Tesla’s Gigafactory?

Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s vision for mass produced, affordable electric vehicles has driven Tesla Motors to build the Gigafactory outside of Reno, Nevada. This approximately $5 billion factory is designed to manufacture the batteries needed to support mass produced electric vehicles. In order to realize this vision, plastics will be used throughout the factory both in the batteries and the machines used to produce them.
Battery Separators
Lithium batteries are at the heart of Tesla’s electric vehicles and at the crux of the Gigafactory’s purpose for being. … Read more

Three Innovative Plastic Designs in Agriculture

Innovations in the agricultural industry are important for future generations and are enabling
communities all over the world to meet the demand for food. Both in novel and technical ways, plastic designs are helping lead the way in agricultural innovation. Examples include rotomolded beehives beehives, injection molded spray nozzles, and plastic reservoir systems.
Rotomolded Beehive
Bees are integral players in honey production, but they are typically utilized in rural settings rather than urban ones, … Read more

How Have Plastic Materials Advanced Space Exploration?

High-tech rockets, expensive propellants and billions of dollars in research aren’t the only things that have advanced space exploration. Plastic materials have played a vital role throughout the history of spaceflight, allowing astronauts to view their surroundings, breathe oxygen and travel comfortably in orbit around the earth, or on the way to the moon. Without plastics, space exploration would not be where it is today.
 
Stronger Helmets & Visors
When you think of the first astronauts to visit the moon, … Read more

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