Why Self-Healing Concrete Could Save Your Summer

Summer is here and I’m sure all you drivers are already encountering the joys of summer roadside construction projects.  There’s nothing like hanging out in traffic on a sweltering day, waiting to get to work, or scheduling your weekend away around traffic predictions.  But what if it didn’t have to be like that?
Imagine concrete roads that repair their own potholes and cracks and cracks on bridge pillars and roadways that heal themselves.Read more

The Many Uses of Plastic Materials in Medicine

Modern healthcare would not be possible without the use of plastic materials. From the casing of an open MRI machine to the smallest tubing, plastics have made health care simpler and less painful.  Things we take for granted such as disposable syringes, intravenous blood bags and heart valves are now made of plastic.  Plastics have reduced the weight of eyeglass frames and lenses.  They are key components of modern prosthetic devices offering greater flexibility, comfort and mobility. Read more

Polymerization: How Plastic Materials are Made

Plastic materials have been created using many different kinds of matter over the years. Originally, resins were made from vegetable matter including cellulose from cotton, furfural from oat hulls, oil from seeds and various starch derivatives.  Bakelite (phenol formaldehyde resin), one of the first plastics made from synthetic components, was developed by Belgian born chemist Leo Baekeland in New York in 1907. Bakelite is made through an elimination reaction of phenol with formaldehyde.Read more

How It Works: Blow Molding

Blow molding is a manufacturing process in which air is used to inflate soft plastic into a mold cavity. It is a two part manufacturing process.  First a parison or starting tube of molten plastic is made and then the tube is inflated into the desired shape.  The parison is made either by extrusion or injection molding. The parison is placed in a mold cavity and inflated to take the shape of the mold.  Blow molding is used to make hollow plastic containers such as bottles,Read more

The Effect of Cryogenic Temperatures on Plastic Materials

Cryogenics is the study of the production and behavior of materials at very low temperatures.  An environment is considered cryogenic if it exhibits temperatures below -150°C.  Many modern industries use cryogenics in a wide variety of applications.  Some of these applications include cryogenic fuels, spacecraft hardware, machinery for medical and biosciences applications including freezers and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), particle accelerators, and superconducting magnets.  Curbell Plastics® recently published a white paper by Dr. Keith Hechtel on the effect of cryogenic temperatures on some common high performance plastics. Read more