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We are all familiar with the crackling sound and one's hair standing on end when taking off a synthetic sweater - which is at worst mildly discomforting. In industry however, the electrostatic charging of plastics can cause the failure of electronic components and computer chips and is even capable of igniting combustible gases, vapors and dusts.

October 3, 2013

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No shock: TPU innovation is far from static

We are all familiar with the crackling sound and one's hair standing on end when taking off a synthetic sweater - which is at worst mildly discomforting. In industry however, the electrostatic charging of plastics can cause the failure of electronic components and computer chips and is even capable of igniting combustible gases, vapors and dusts. On the surface of a polymer, which is at first electrically neutral, charge may be generated by contact with another surface and subsequent rapid separation. Without suitable dissipation, this charge can neutralize in an uncontrolled and abrupt fashion. To address this problem, BASF has developed an antistatic thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) granulate under the Elastostat brand. Elastostat is available as a masterbatch. The material is part of the Elastollan product range that has been embodying BASF Polyurethanes' TPU expertise for over 30 years. This article is published in full here.

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