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A Novel Hybrid Foaming Method for Low-Pressure Microcellular Foam Production of Unfilled and Talc-Filled Copolymer Polypropylenes / Andrew, Rees; Christian, Griffiths

Polymers, Volume: 11, Issue: 11, Start page: 1896

Swansesa University Authors: Andrew, Rees, Christian, Griffiths

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DOI (Published version): 10.3390/polym11111896

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Unfilled and talc-filled Copolymer Polypropylene (PP) samples were produced through low-pressure foam-injection molding (FIM). The foaming stage of the process has been facilitated through a chemical blowing agent (C6H7NaO7 and CaCO3 mixture), a physical blowing agent (supercritical N2) and a novel...

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Published in: Polymers
ISSN: 2073-4360
Published: MDPI AG 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa52829
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Abstract: Unfilled and talc-filled Copolymer Polypropylene (PP) samples were produced through low-pressure foam-injection molding (FIM). The foaming stage of the process has been facilitated through a chemical blowing agent (C6H7NaO7 and CaCO3 mixture), a physical blowing agent (supercritical N2) and a novel hybrid foaming (combination of said chemical and physical foaming agents). Three weight-saving levels were produced with the varying foaming methods and compared to conventional injection molding. The unfilled PP foams produced through chemical blowing agent exhibited the strongest mechanical characteristics due to larger skin wall thicknesses, while the weakest were that of the talc-filled PP through the hybrid foaming technique. However, the hybrid foaming produced superior microcellular foams for both PPs due to calcium carbonate (CaCO3) enhancing the nucleation phase.
Keywords: polypropylene; foam-injection molding; TecoCell®; MuCell®; talc; calcium carbonate
Issue: 11
Start Page: 1896