DuPont this morning announced an expanded slate of renewably sourced polymers that will contribute to the company’s goal of doubling revenues from sustainable resources to at least $8 billion by 2015. Chief among the new offerings are Sorona EP thermoplastic resins, Hytrel RS thermoplastic elastomers, Biomax RS packaging resins and Selarâ VP breathable films. A key ingredient in Sorona EP is Bio-PDO, which is made at the recently inaugurated DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products facility in Loudon, TN. Bio-PDO replaces petrochemical based 1,3 propanediol (PDO) and/or 1,4-butanediol (BDO) in two glass-reinforced grades of Sorona EP that will initially be available. Sorona EP is compared to polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). Sampling is under way with broader availability expected in 2008. No disclosure was made on beta sites where the material is being tested.
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has built and successfully hot-fire tested an entire 3D-printed rocket engine. In other news, NASA's 3D-printed rocket engine injectors survived tests generating a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. Some performed equally well or better than welded parts.
Researchers at MIT's d'Arbeloff Laboratory are developing shoulder- and hip-mounted robotic arms to help workers in aircraft manufacturing perform difficult or complex assembly tasks that would normally require two people.
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