From mass-produced to high-performance: plastics optimized by radiation crosslinking
Radiation crosslinking gives inexpensive commodity plastics and technical plastics the mechanical, thermal and chemical properties of high-performance plastics. This upgrading of the plastics enables them to be used in conditions which they would not be able to withstand otherwise.
The energy-rich beta or gamma rays trigger chemical reactions in the plastics which result in a ‘crosslinking’ reaction of the molecules – forming a network comparable to the vulcanization of rubbers, which has been in industrial use for so long.
Since it is the finished plastic product which is modified in this way, it is even possible to vary the degree of crosslinking within one component by shielding parts of the product during irradiation. In this way BGS helps you to optimize the material properties of plastics, and opens up new application fields for established raw materials.