Author Archives: John Tranquilli

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Why Crude Oil Is so Valuable to Everyday Life

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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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John Tranquilli
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The Permeability of Rubber Compounds

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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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John Tranquilli
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Why Making Slime is like Being a Polymer Chemist

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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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John Tranquilli
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Materials

4 Common Misconceptions About Viton or FKM Rubber

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FKM or fluorocarbon rubber is used throughout many different industries.  These rubber compounds give exceptional heat resistance with compatibility across many fluids or chemical exposures.  The most commonly known name for these compounds is “Viton,”™ which has become the generic …

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John Tranquilli
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Materials

Why Use Aflas (TFE/P) Rubber?

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AFLAS® has been around since 1975.  This polymer is similar to FKM polymers and is listed under ASTM D1418 as FEPM. Typical advantages of AFLAS® include excellent heat resistance for continuous service to 200’C and unmatched resistance to base resistance.  …

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