plastic foam

plastic foam

[′plas·tik ′fōm]
(materials)
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Demand for plastic foam insulation will benefit from rising nonresidential construction worldwide, including an expected rebound in Western Europe, will drive insulation usage.
Proposals to encourage and subsidize alternatives, even to proscribe and criminalize the importation, manufacture and use of plastics are rife but the problem is too overwhelming; coming as it does, not only from within the country, but even more from without-borne on the bright blue ocean circling the earth; speckled with gleaming plastic foam. A definitive solution is nowhere in sight because it is not something that can be imposed but must be adopted: a habit near impossible to form.
And water sports and boating are made considerably safer by modern personal flotation devices (life jackets) that today feature contoured plastic foam panels and easy to use plastic zippers, straps, and buckles for better fit/comfort.
If you add cans, plastic bags or bottles, plastic foam, or foil, the fire will release toxic fumes containing carcinogens.
Private garbage pickup services also halted collection of plastic bags and plastic foam containers as it has become difficult to profit due to China's plastic waste ban.
Sue Caro, from the Justice4Grenfell campaign, said: "The trust, when she was a director, endorsed plastic foam insulation, the very substance believed to be responsible for the rapid and deadly spread of the fire at Grenfell.
Ecovative's mushroom packaging replaces existing plastic foam packaging with its innovative process.
The shape of the head allows for easy maneuvering, and the texture of the tough plastic foam allows it to easily get into corners where bristle brushes or standard cloths are useless.
The report is titled "Insulation (Fiberglass, Plastic Foam, Mineral Wool and Others) Market for Residential Construction, Industrial, HVAC & OEM, and Nonresidential Construction Applications - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2020."
The law states that fire safety measures are required for the manufacture, storage, handling and use of hazardous materials, such as cellulose nitrate plastic of any kind, combustible fibers, cellular materials, such as foam, rubber, sponge and plastic foam, combustible liquids or gases, flammable paints, varnishes, stains and organic coatings, and metallic magnesium in any form, among others.
Following self-guided research on plastic foam, the material which countless cafeteria trays are made from, 300 Incline Village Elementary School (Nev.) students signed their names to a petition urging the school to ditch the damaging plates, reported mantecabulletin.com.
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.