Analyst Perspective on Reduction of Thermoplastics for Structural Applications

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Published: 14 Sep 2018

Extruded plastic pipes are the largest volume of plastics used in the building and construction industry, and have widely replaced previously used concrete, steel, and iron-based pipes. The flexible, lightweight, durable, non-corrosive, fouling resistant, and versatile nature of thermoplastics make them advantageous for use in construction products over traditional pipe materials. This issue of High-Tech Materials TOE explores the different structural applications thermoplastics are being used predominantly in, the different approaches being used to impart lightweighting in thermoplastics, and what are the material properties in demand. The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio–based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Thermoplastic, lightweight, building and construction, reinforced composites, additives, high density polyethylene

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