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Chemical engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

1938

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The Use Of Some Agricultural Products As Raw Materials In The Plastic Industry , James Alvin Johnston Jan 1938

The Use Of Some Agricultural Products As Raw Materials In The Plastic Industry , James Alvin Johnston

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Studies were made of suitable methods of producing plastics from furfural and hydrolyzed cornstalks. It was found that hard, black plastics with a pleasing appearance, high impact strength, and satisfactory water resistance can be produced from a mixture of hydrolyzed cornstalks, furfural, aniline and lime. This material absorbed slightly more than one percent of water in twenty-four hours but it was not discolored, swollen or cracked from the immersion in water. It was estimated that the raw material costs of this plastic would be less than three cents a pound;It was found that hard, black plastics with a pleasing ...