Posted on: 30th Jul 2019
Wakefield-based PolyGlobal have received the first set of results from their material testing project with Bradford University.
PolyGlobal specialise in the injection and cast moulding of engineering plastics and supply into critical industries worldwide including Agriculture, Construction, Mining & Aggregate Screening, Automotive, Manufacturing and Offshore & Marine.
With the help of a £10,000 match funded Access Innovation grant from the Leeds City Enterprise Partnership, PolyGlobal have partnered with the Interdisciplinary Polymer Research Centre at Bradford University.
The objective of the project, split into 3 phases to run across the year, is to demonstrate the performance of PolyGlobal’s core range of materials under varying conditions, representative of their real-life environments, identifying the suitability of specific materials for use in specific applications.
The first phase of testing, assessing the abrasion resistance, tensile strength and rigidity of their materials, has provided them with some comprehensive technical data that will be utilised to recommend and advise customers on material selection. The properties and characteristics of engineering plastics are crucial considerations when selecting the right material for applications within specific environments.
The materials tested include a range of ester and ether-based polyurethanes, including Hyperpol, PolyGlobal’s own brand of high-performance elastomers, glass-filled and non-filled PA6 and PA66 nylons, polypropylene and a selection of environmentally responsible, recycled variants.
The data enables PolyGlobal’s experienced Sales and Technical team to examine comparable materials and further understand their properties, after the complete moulding process, to help identify the most suitable options for specific applications.
For example, glass filled nylons have shown a significantly higher level of rigidity compared to non-filled nylons. Depending on the application requirements, a glass filled PA6 or PA66 nylon, may be a more suitable choice over a non-filled nylon.
The results have also shown that the performance of a material is not always directly correlated to cost.
The remaining 2 phases of testing will take place over the next couple of months. These will examine the performance of PolyGlobal’s materials as metal replacements in terms of chemical resistance, strength and load bearing. They will also investigate the performance of materials combined with UV stabilised, anti-static and metal detectable additives
Over the coming weeks and months PolyGlobal will also be publishing this data on their website www.polyglobal.co.uk in the form of downloadable reports.