IBA for the plastics industry : a brief investigation

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Vickridge, I.C.; Whineray, S. 1994 IBA for the plastics industry : a brief investigation . Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 94/29 12 p.

Abstract: As part of an NSOF programme, GNS has developed a small capability for Ion Beam Analysis of polymers, and has investigated the possibilities applying these analytic tools to polymer problems in New Zealand. In the first part of the report, the basis of the IBA method is described, together with experimental measurements of polymer mixing made with the 3 MV KN Van de Graaff accelerator of the Institute. In the second part, reports on a series of visits to industrial plants and other organisations involved in plastics manufacturing and recycling are given. Finally, we draw the conclusion that Ion Beam Analysis should play an important role in future polymer research in New Zealand, but that Industry funding for such research seems unlikely at present. In the meantime, it is proposed that GNS should make a strategic investment by maintaining a small polymer project as a framework within which to maintain contact with New Zealand's polymer research community. (auth)