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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read more

Can Plastic Balls Help California Survive Drought?

California is an agriculturally rich state complete with beautiful parks and picturesque coastlines, but without adequate water supplies the state and its people tend to struggle. In 2015, the state is suffering from a prolonged drought, which is hurting wildlife, citizens and businesses alike. In Los Angeles, innovations such as shade balls are being implemented … Read more

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