The chemistry of making things work in the winter.

Posted on April 24, 2015

Winter brings with it many challenges including decreases in temperature and lingering moisture. Winter storms mean increased winds. Materials with direct exposure to the cold, wet and windy conditions need to be able to perform. For many applications—from transport to construction to industrial and consumer applications—failure is not an option.

 

Materials need to be more durable, faster curing, more stable in water and resistant to temperature changes. Luckily, plastics and polyurethanes are versatile and can be made into many textures and shapes. The flexibility of polymer chemistry makes it so.

 

And while you may be familiar with polyurethane foams helping to create warmer spaces in the winter, polyurethanes and plastics do much, much more to keep things going during winter weather.

 

They keep cars going by resisting rust and combating mechanical stress.

 

>>From bumper to interior console plastics and polyurethanes are at work in cars.

 

They keep ships dryer and corrosion free.

 

>>Learn how Sandwich Plate Systems revolutionizes shipbuilding. 

 

They keep pipes from cracking by resisting temperature and pressure changes.

 

>>Learn about more durable plumbing systems. 

 

They keep fences and decks standing by resisting rot and temperature changes.

 

>>Composatron Composite Technology is at work in Toronto, Canada on decks, fences and on exterior surfaces. 

 

They keep infrastructure strong and maintained by resisting winter storm surges and curing faster in lower temperatures more sustainably.

 

>>On Holm Grode island dykes and coastline protection is making life easier and safer for residents.

 

>>Working with Holland’s water authority in the North Sea BASF is helping to protect coastal communities.

 

Winter used to be the end to building, traveling and, in some cases, producing. With high-performance materials, that just isn’t the case anymore.

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