INNOVATIONS BLOG

NEW Self-reinforcing Heat Performance PA66 for Automotive Industry...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Nov 17, 2016 10:28:37 AM

Solvay has at launched at K 2016 Technyl® REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique “smart molecule” self-reinforcement technology.

Heat Performance Technology
Technyl® REDx PA66 – an innovative material, which builds on Solvay Engineering Plastics’ proven heat performance expertise, outperforms conventional specialty polymers in demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry. Dr. James Mitchell, Global Automotive Market Director for Solvay Engineering Plastics, said:
“Today, more than 12 million engines use Technyl® heat performance technologies. Our materials enable car manufacturers to overcome engine downsizing constraints, such as greatly increased temperatures and pressures. There is a need for new material solutions which resist the higher continuous heat stress of new generation engines without compromising on costs and performance.”

Features of Technyl® REDx
• Solvay developed Technyl® REDx PA66, a smart molecule material including a patented self-strengthening technology present in the polymer chain without affecting its structure.
• This brand new technology remains inactive during injection molding of car parts, leaving the material behaving like a high-flow PA66.
• During the vehicle’s use, the elevated temperatures activate the smart technology, leading to rapid cross-linking that boosts the mechanical properties far beyond their initial values.

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Topics: Automotive

This is just too cool...!

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Nov 9, 2016 10:05:41 AM

A team of researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Humboldt University in Berlin showcased a thin layer of plastic material in the Nature Communications journal, which has the capacity to move spontaneously under the influence of daylight. The researchers feel that this flexible plastic is appropriate as a self-cleaning surface, for example it can be used in solar cells. The process in which materials move entirely by themselves under the impact of light is a familiar process known for many years. However, the required intensity of ultraviolet light can damage the material. Discovering a material that has the ability to behave in the same way even under the influence of visible light such as unprocessed sunlight was the challenge.

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Topics: Industry News