Polymers are widely used in many forms of industrial applications, including automotive parts, housewares, apparel, medical devices, and electronic devices. The usage of polymers is an economically appealing option over metals, wood, and ceramics across the industrial field because of their adaptability and the broad range of physical/chemical beneficial properties that they present.
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Polyolefins are the most broadly used polymers in industrial applications. This is because polyolefins come from fairly cheap natural gases like ethylene, propylene, and butene. A large amount of polyolefins in industrial applications is also credited to their resistance to damage from water, air, grease, and frequently employed cleaning solvents. Polyolefins can also be molded easily into products of various shapes, which means they are ideal choices for a broad range of applications.
Industrially, polymers are primarily employed for seals, profiles (windows and doors), pipes, cables, floor coverings, insulation, hoses, belts, tanks, membranes, and many other products. As technology evolves, various kinds of polymers are also used in aircraft, aerospace, sports equipment, printed circuit board substrates, 3D printing plastics, holography, special apparel (bulletproof vests and fire-resistant jackets), and organic polymer flocculants in water purification.
The aim of this investigation was to show the significance of GPC in the evaluation of commercially accessible industrial polymers. Here, six industrial polymers, namely polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, polybutene, and polyethylene-polypropylene copolymer, were examined by standardized Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), an analytical service provided at Jordi Labs.
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