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John Tranquilli
Category:
Materials

Why Crude Oil Is so Valuable to Everyday Life

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5 / 5 (1 votes)

While scrolling through social media, I came across a video from a major crude oil supplier. The video showed the complexity and design of one of their ocean drilling platforms. As a chemical engineer and self-proclaimed engineering geek, I find …

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Posted by:
John Tranquilli
Category:
Materials

The Permeability of Rubber Compounds

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4 / 5 (3 votes)

There are many factors that affect the permeability of rubber. Polymer and fillers directly affect the rate of transfer through a rubber barrier, which is very important for critical gas or fluid application. The most common example of this type …

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Posted by:
Joe Divissich
Category:
Molding

Why Standard Title Blocks Don’t Work for Rubber Parts

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4.50 / 5 (2 votes)

The default standard high precision tolerance blocks found on most drawings for machined parts, like metals and alloys, are not feasible for rubber parts. Compound variation, shrinkage, cure time, cure temperature and batch variation all affect the tolerances variation on …

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Posted by:
John Tranquilli
Category:
Materials

Why Making Slime is like Being a Polymer Chemist

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3.67 / 5 (6 votes)

I never realized that getting my Chemical Engineering degree would lead me to become a slime maker. Through my career as a Polymer Chemist, I have developed many different rubber compounds of various colors, polymers, and hardness. As there are …

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