plastic foam

plastic foam

[′plas·tik ′fōm]
(materials)

foamed plastic, plastic foam

1. A plastic expanded chemically, mechanically, or thermally, to form a lightweight closed-cell structure; used as thermal insulation. Also see chemically foamed plastic.
2. A resin in a sponge form, either flexible or rigid, with cells that are either closed or interconnected.
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The plastic foam industry is a major segment of the American plastics industry, historically accounting for about 10% of total commodity resin consumption until the "Great Recession" of 2007-09 caused by the collapse of the housing bubble.
For an instance, the Asian market is the major user of plastic foam insulation products while U.
These homes now are a reality, through a combination of passive energy sources, such as solar and geothermal, and proper design with modern plastic foam insulation and other building products.
Polystyrene accounts for almost two-fifths of demand for plastic foam and will maintain a sizable share of the market through the forecast period based on its excellent protective and insulative capabilities, moisture resistance, and low cost.
Materials scientists in Texas have developed flexible coatings mere billionths of a meter thick that keep cotton clothing from going up in flames and plastic foam from melting.
Someone actually wants that unwelcome Christmas castoff - plastic foam - but only if you don't have too much.
The customer, a major Canadian re-manufacturer of computer equipment had been using current plastic foam in place technology as their packaging medium.
Urethane plastic foam is widely used in many public and commercial buildings across the UK, said Eurisol, the UK Mineral Wool Association, and is termed "fire safe" by some manufacturers.
Avoid plastic foam cups as they can be difficult to unmold.
I punctured a tube of plastic foam which squirted out all over the garden, enveloping trees and shrubs in the foul substance.
The adhesive, edging and plastic foam can be adapted to certain requirements, such as to meet fire resistance or hygienic demands.
This amazing plastic foam carves like butter and paints like wood.