Polymer Crosslinking

Technology

polymer crosslinking

How it Works

Electron beam processing effectively and efficiently creates beneficial changes in material properties and performance with processes such as polymer crosslinking, long-chain branching and chain scissioning. The process involves accelerating a beam of electrons to near light speed. It then passes through a scan chamber, and transitions into a curtain of electrons. Materials moving through the chamber on a high-speed conveyor system are showered with these high-energy electrons. These electrons penetrate the material with a precise, predetermined dose and–depending on the material being processed and the dose that is being applied–several different effects occur.

E-beam crosslinking does not require any additives nor does it generate hazardous chemical by-products. This crosslinking method is energy efficient, and the minimal amount of required exposure time to the e-beam helps ensure high throughputs.

You need to make your products perform better and cost less. You need customized, flexible, and sometimes top-secret solutions delivered by trusted partners. We understand that need. E-BEAM Services uniquely combines its technical expertise with a deep understanding of each client’s individual needs to provide solutions that meet and exceed their performance and profitability objectives.

With more than 500kW of installed accelerator capacity, the ability to process more than one billion pounds of material annually, a network of facilities, and flexible handling equipment we’re ready to not just meet but to exceed all of your polymer modification needs!


Practical Application of Crosslinking

As an example, consider polyethylene and its many uses. The commonplace plastic is used in building materials, household products, and used for a massive variety of plastic goods. Its low melting point has become essential to injecting molding, yet retains properties like high ductility and chemical resistance.

Polyethylene has been altered over the years to serve more specific functions. High-density polyethylene is often used for underground storm drain systems, a majority of children’s toys, and even milk jugs. Inversely, low-density polyethylene is used in a multitude of plastic goods for its flexibility.

Even though this material has seen use since the 1930s, we are still discovering ways it can be improved, namely through crosslinking polymers. E-Beam processing can dramatically change the properties of this material for the better.


Why it Matters to You:

   No harmful chemicals    Environmentally friendly
   Increased tensile and impact strength    Increased creep resistance
   Increased durability    Improved abrasion resistance
   Improved environmental stress crack resistance    Improved barrier properties
   Increased material strength    Increased material stability
   Resistance to chemical solvents    Shrink memory