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Read “Silicones in Industrial Applications”
A collection of in-depth industrial silicone articles by experts from
around the globe.
Nearly 100 pages of practical information about the uses, benefits, and
limitations of silicone in industrial applications.
Originally released in 2007 as a chapter in "Inorganic Polymers,"
an advanced research book by Nova Science Publishers.
Now available as a series of free downloads from Dow Corning
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Read individual articles:
to Silicone Chemistry (PDF size 159 KB) – Outlines the basics of
Silicones (PDF size 328 KB) – Reviews common methods used to detect
the presence of silicones on substrates and in formulations and to obtain
information about their structure and behavior.
Silicones in the Food
Industries (PDF size 105 KB) – Explains the use of silicone antifoams
in food production and processing and the use of silicone lubricants in
Silicones in the Pulp
and Paper Industry (PDF size 59 KB) – Describes the use of silicone
antifoams in pulp washing or brownstock washing, and the use of silicone
finishes in tissue converting.
Silicones in the
Textile Industries (PDF size 98 KB) – Discusses uses of silicones in
fiber production and as fabric softeners, hydrophobic finishes, and elastomeric
Household Cleaning Applications (PDF size 114 KB) – Outlines the use
of silicones as foam control agents in detergents, and the use of silicones for
delivering fabric care benefits, such as fabric softening, dewatering, ease of
ironing, wrinkle-related benefits, water absorbency, and more.
Coatings (PDF size 285 KB) – Describes the use of silicones as
performance-enhancing additives for paints and coatings, and the use of
silicone resins in weather-resistant paints, high-temperature paints, and
marine fouling release coatings.
Silicones in the
Construction Industry (PDF size 89 KB) – Discusses the durability and
adhesion of silicone sealants in construction applications, including
weathersealing, sanitary joint (kitchen and bath) sealing, and structural
Coatings for the Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Industry (PDF size 146 KB) –
Describes silicone release characteristics, factors to consider for silicone
release coatings, cure chemistry, and the use of silicone release coatings on
Mold-Making Elastomers (PDF size 435 KB) – Explains the silicone
mold-making process, the advantages of two-part silicone mold-making
elastomers, how to obtain the best possible result, and the range of potential
Silicones in the
Electronics Industries (PDF size 387 KB) – Outlines uses for silicone
materials across a wide range of electronics markets; describes the physical
and electrical properties of silicones that are important for electronics
applications; and discusses issues related to water absorption and thermal
Photonics (PDF size 190 KB) – Describes properties of silicones that make
them valuable in photonics applications, including dielectric properties,
thermophysical properties, and photon and absorption characteristics.
Silicone in Medium
to High Voltage Electrical Applications (PDF size 165 KB) – Provides
an overview of the benefits of silicones in cable end terminations and
Transportation (PDF size 73 KB) – Addresses controversies related to
the use of silicones in the automotive industries; describes mechanical and
fluid resistance properties of selected silicone rubber families; and outlines
the many uses and advantages of silicone rubbers in automobile, train, bus, and
Silicones in the
Plastics Industry (PDF size 438 KB) – Explains how
ultra-high-molecular-weight silicone additives can improve processing, and
wear- and abrasion-resistance in thermoplastics; also introduces a novel family
of silicone TPV products based on crosslinked silicone rubber dispersed in
various engineering thermoplastics.
Personal Care Applications (PDF size 136 KB) – Details silicone’s long
history of use in the personal care industry; lists types of silicones used in
personal care applications and discusses their benefits and properties.
Silicones in Medical
Applications (PDF size 146 KB) – Discusses biocompatibility; reviews the
range of silicone materials for medical and pharmaceutical applications and
their key physical characteristics and performance capabilities.
in Industrial Assembly and Maintenance (PDF size 350 KB) – Discusses the
mechanisms of friction and wear; explains polymeric lubricant composition; and
gives examples of silicone lubricant applications.
Organo-Functional Silane reactions (PDF size 265 KB) – Describes
silane structure and the chemistry of coupling with organo-functional silanes;
details their use in mineral filler treatment, crosslinking, and adhesion
promotion applications; and discusses major trends in the use of silane
Silicones (PDF size 192 KB) – Introduces new technology for combining
plasma with silicones to deliver specific surface properties.
Silicones and their
Impact on the Environment (PDF size 56 KB) – Discusses issues
that affect the environmental fate and effects of polydimethylsiloxanes;
explains how these materials degrade in the environment.