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Learn from the experts:

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

Download the entire chapterSilicones in Industrial Applications (PDF size 2.4 MB)

Read individual articles:

  1. Introduction to Silicone Chemistry (PDF size 159 KB) – Outlines the basics of silicone chemistry.
  2. Characterization 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.
  3. 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 food-contact applications.
  4. 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.
  5. Silicones in the Textile Industries (PDF size 98 KB) – Discusses uses of silicones in fiber production and as fabric softeners, hydrophobic finishes, and elastomeric fabric coatings.
  6. Silicones in 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.
  7. Silicones in 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.
  8. 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 glazing.
  9. Silicone Release 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 plastic films.
  10. Silicones as 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 applications.
  11. 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 conductivity.
  12. Silicones for 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.
  13. 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 insulators.
  14. Silicones in 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 aviation applications.
  15. 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.
  16. Silicones in 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Silicone Lubricants 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.
  19. Silicone 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 chemistry.
  20. Plasma and Silicones (PDF size 192 KB) – Introduces new technology for combining plasma with silicones to deliver specific surface properties.
  21. 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.

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