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New Performance Materials Solve Industrial Challenges

By Joy LePree |

From additives to polymers to coatings to 3-D printables, new materials improve performance High-performance materials are intended to make consumer goods, industry and the world, in general, function better. Inventive performance materials can be found in all categories, from additives to polymers to coatings and enamels to newer materials, such as 3-D printables. What each brings to the table depends upon the type of material and the intended application, but one thing all performance materials have in common is that they are constantly being innovated to perform better than the materials that came before. This article rounds up some of the newest materials designed to solve industrial challenges within several different categories.   Additives Many additives were developed to solve problems that were plaguing industry. For example, Nanol Technologies’ (Helsinki, Finland; www.nanol.eu) lubricant additive was originally developed for fuel saving and wear protection in marine engines and industrial applications. However, recent testing found that the additive has additional properties, as it can prevent “hydrogen embrittlement” (or white etching cracks) — the process by which metals, such as steel, become brittle and…
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