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U.K. Researchers Take out Trial and Error of Developing Novel Plastic Compounds

8:09 AM MDT | October 7, 2011 | Alex Scott

Researchers from the U.K. Universities of Durham (Durham) and Leeds (Leeds) have developed a model that can be used as a high tech recipe book for making the perfect plastic for a given application. The implications of the model, which is the culmination of 10 years of research, are that novel plastics could be developed on a scientific basis rather than using trial and error, potentially saving manufacturers time, energy and money.   The model calculates the melting, flowing and forming processes of macromolecules, the long, tangled molecules that form the...

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