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Wire and Cable

Dow Corning siloxane powders, used in wire and cable insulation and jacketing in conjunction with other fire retardant materials, can:

  • Dramatically reduce smoke density during combustion
  • Improve the processibility and impact resistance of the insulation and jacketing materials

Dow Corning’s 100% active, free-flowing siloxane powders are available in both non-reactive and organically reactive grades.  When the formulator selects a grade that can interact with the plastic materials in the cable insulation and jacketing, it forms 1-3 micron particle size droplets in the formulation.

When used in combination with other fire retardant solids such as Aluminum Trihydrate, Magnesium Hydroxide, Calcium Carbonate, Ammonium Phosphate, Halogenated Hydrocarbons and others, siloxane powders coat the surfaces of these materials and improve not only the flame retardency of the plastic, but also its processibility and impact resistance.

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