Peter Burke outlined the properties and applications of a range of engineering thermoplastics available from Ticona UK, identified their potential in solar energy collectors and demonstrated materials selection procedures.
Following an EU Directive, the Scottish Government has introduced a ban on infant feeding bottles manufactured from polycarbonate, contrary to the scientific opinion of the European Food Standards Agency.
Tony Shelmerdine of Monosol Limited described the grades and applications of water soluble materials based on poly(vinyl alcohol) which being biodegradable have potential for 'green' products. In the second presentation, entitled 'Returning Investment throughout the Design Process', James McLusky and Allan McDougall explained how Shore Design view the key stages of a design project.
SPRA Corporate Member, Sarco Stopper Ltd, has developed a range of pipe stopping solutions for gas, oil, water and foodstuff pipelines using inflatable devices produced from rubber latex by dipping and coating techniques.
SPRA provided travel assistance to allow a student on the MSc Advanced Materials Engineering programme at Edinburgh Napier University to travel to Italy to test rocket fuel formulations based on polybutadiene.
The opening meeting of the SPRA 2013-14 programme, sponsored by SPRA Corporate Member, Avanti Scotland, consisted of a site visit to Avanti’s recycling facility at Alva followed by a presentation in Bridge of Allan.