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How to select raw materials smarter and faster for your Adhesives & Sealants formulations? Renowned experts in the field have designed these Selection Guides to assist you further in your selection according to your applications. In this section, we also provide you with Technology Profiles, states of the art of the main raw materials used in Adhesives & Sealants.

Selection Guide

Selecting Tackifiers for Adhesives and Sealants

By SpecialChem

Tackifiers are important constituents in adhesives formulations in order to maintain the correct balance between adhesion and cohesion. They must be considered with regard to the end-used properties, adhesive processing as well as compatibility with base polymer to achieve desired performance requirements. Since, there is no specific set of rules for tackifier selection due to the significant number of potential applications and property variables that can be achieved, finding an optimal tackifier therefore requires a disciplined approach. Get an in-depth understanding of the various classes of tackifiers and their mechanism, applications as well as benefits and limitations. Also, get tips...

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Select the Right Surfactant for Adhesives and Sealants

By Edward M. Petrie

Surfactants are used in both water-borne and solvent-based adhesive formulations. They are also used by adhesive formulators to provide characteristics like reduce surface tension, improved flow and wetting without negatively impacting adhesion. Learn about the classification of surfactants along with their mechanism in detail. Also, get selection & formulation tips of surfactants and the trends driving developments of new surfactants. Review: Advantages & Disadvantages Of Surfactants Classification of Surfactants Working Mechanism of Surfactants Important Properties Affected by Surfactants Selection and Formulation Guidelines of Surfactants Trends Driving Development of New Surfactants (Continue reading or click to go on specific section of the page)

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Polyurethane Resins (PU) for Adhesives & Sealants: A Comprehensive Guide

By SpecialChem

Polyurethane is a versatile polymeric material that can be tailored to meet the demands of a number of adhesive and sealant systems. They are used extensively and are well-known for their durability, tough bonds and high peel strength. Adhesives based on PU resins show good strength at low and high temperatures and are resistant to chemicals, water and humidity. Explore the functionalities offered by various polyurethane systems suitable for use in adhesives and sealants along with the end-use applications, benefits and limitations. Review:  Strengths and Limitations of PU Adhesives Aliphatic Isocyanates – Mechanism, Properties & Applications 1K and 2K Polyurethane Systems –...

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Sealants for Building and Construction - An Ultimate Reference Guide

By SpecialChem

In building and construction industry, sealants are employed to connect and join the various parts and materials to the main structure and to themselves. They help commercial and residential buildings perform better by sealing out water, humidity, UV and more. No sealant type is superior or inferior - it all comes to evaluating performance properties and developing the best suitable sealant to achieve desired results in the final application. Find out what are the important points to consider while developing construction sealants. Introduction - Sealants Used for Building Joints Types of Construction Sealants Technical Characteristics of Sealants by Use Physical &...

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Adhesives for Building and Construction - A Comprehensive Guide

By SpecialChem

Adhesives used in building and construction are versatile! Traditional and newly developed construction materials like concrete, plastics, wood panels, etc. need adhesives to display good adhesion, improved performance and easier application. Due to these benefits, the use of adhesives is increasing in the construction industry. Learn the fundamentals of different types of adhesives, their bonding techniques and methods of application used in building and construction industry. Review: Chemistries of Non-Structural Adhesives Chemistries of Structural Adhesives Technical Characteristics of Construction Adhesives Physical and Mechanical Characteristics of Adhesives Role of Bonding in Construction End-Uses of Bonding in Construction (Continue reading or click to go...

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Emulsion Polymers Selection for Adhesives and Sealants

By Dr. Alexander Madl

Emulsion Polymers are tremendously versatile! They have vast chemistries and provide low cost, low emissions, zero VOC, good shelf-life, freeze-thaw stability, and potential sustainability in many adhesive formulations. Due to these benefits, the use of emulsion polymers is increasingly used in adhesives and sealants serve growing needs in diverse sectors and applications. Get a comprehensive review about the fundamentals of emulsion polymers and learn everything you need to know by reviewing: What are Emulsion Polymers? Characteristics of Emulsion Polymers Selection Based on Emulsion Chemistry Benefits and Features of Emulsion Polymers Applications and Markets of Emulsion Polymers (Continue reading or click to go...

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Ethylene Copolymers in Hot-melt Applications: A Complete Guide

By SpecialChem

Ethylene copolymers and terpolymers are widely used in the manufacturing of hot-melts adhesives and sealants because of their mechanical cohesion and adhesive properties. Formulators can adjust their formulation in order to fulfill technical requirements of many applications requiring long or short open time, resistance to elevated or cold temperatures and many other performances. Learn all the key facts about ethylene copolymers and terpolymers (ethylene vinyl acetates & ethylene acrylic esters), their key features and application techniques used in the adhesives & sealants industry. Review: Versatility of Ethylene Copolymers Chemistries of Ethylene Copolymers Benefits and Features of Ethylene Copolymers Ethylene Copolymers for...

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Select Dispersing Agents for Adhesives and Sealants

By Edward M. Petrie

Dispersing agents are essential formulation components in adhesives and sealants to effectively disperse fillers or solid particles. They provide electrostatic or steric stabilization to prevent particles from flocculating, thereby eliminate any viscosity change and phase separation. While creating a new formulation, one must choose dispersing agents with appropriate dosage level for specific product & end-user requirements. Learn more about dispersing agents by reviewing: Dispersing Agents: Mode of Action Stabilization Mechanisms Chemical Classification of Dispersing Agents Formulation Challenges Criteria for Selecting Dispersing Agents Requirements for Proper Functioning of Dispersing Agents (Continue reading or click to go on specific section of the page)

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Selecting Antioxidants for Adhesives & Sealants

By Edward M. Petrie

Antioxidants are used in a variety of adhesive formulations to protect against degradation caused by reaction with atmospheric oxygen. Excessive oxidation generally results in undesirable changes in the adhesive's mechanical, aesthetic, or bonding properties that may in turn cause damage (like discoloration, viscosity, skin formation, etc.) to your formulation. Thus, selecting the right antioxidant for your adhesive or sealant applications is extremely important, but the selection process can be challenging. Explore, in detail, the use of antioxidants in the adhesives & sealant industry and learn how to reduce the damage done by oxygen to adhesives. Review: Need for Antioxidants in Adhesives Oxidation...

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Selection Guide

Select Accelerators for Rubbers

By Edward M. Petrie

Accelerators are added in small amounts to speed up the curing of adhesives by reducing the cure time and temperature of elastomers, particularly latex systems. Selection of an accelerator will depend on the specific vulcanizing system and curing properties. Explore the classification of accelerators, the checklist to select the right accelerator based on the specific vulcanizing systems and curing properties. Review: Classification of Accelerators for Rubbers Selecting the Right Vulcanizing Agents Checklist to Select an Accelerator Selecting the Right Accelerator for Your System (Continue reading or click to go on specific section of the page)

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