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The Chemistry of the World Cup Football

A number of chemical materials are used in the manufacture of the Brazuca, the World Cup football. The majority of these materials are polymers; these are very long molecules built up from many smaller component molecules. A simple, everyday example is polyethene, used to make some plastic bags. Dif more

A Guide to Common Household Plastics

Plastic is everywhere in our day to day lives – but, of course, ‘plastic’ is just a catch-all term for a range of different chemical substances. This graphic takes a look at some of the more common plastics we encounter on a regular basis, and examines their chemical structures. Below, we’ll also ta more

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Polyvinyl chloride

Polyvinyl chloride Polyvinyl chloride Density 1380 kg/m3 Young's modulus (E)2900-3300 MPa Tensile strength (σt)50-80 MPa Elongation @ break20-40% Notch test2-5 kJ /m ² Glass temperature 87 °C Melting point 212 °C Vicat B185 °C He ... more

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