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Designing with ‘no end’ in mind

Recyclable and healthier alternatives

Discarded particleboard, MDF and other panel materials add considerably to the waste generated by the interior and construction industries. The irreversible combination of materials and ingredients used in most products made with MDF and particleboard is the biggest challenge to technically and economically feasible recycling.

DSM’s joint venture, DSM-Niaga, and ECOR have begun a research collaboration that will focus on developing fully recyclable and healthier alternatives. ECOR technology can make materials from natural fibers with water, pressure and heat alone. DSM-Niaga manufactures products by using a reversible adhesive. This adhesive enables easy decoupling of different material layers, for full recovery and high value recycling. Combined, both technologies offer an alternative to all products made from MDF and particleboard, without compromising on material safety, quality, and recyclability.

Water management market

Piping hot

The water management market is looking for high-performance polymers able to withstand the stringent requirements of hot-water contact while still meeting all major drinking water approval schemes. Lead contamination in drinking water is a major concern, which has lead to more stringent regulation and the industry to look for alternatives to traditional metals.

In 2016 DSM introduced EcoPaXX® Q-DWX10, a 50% glass-fiber-reinforced polyamide 410 for use in faucet mixing valves. This material enables the design of valves with a lower risk of part failure and water leakage. Lead-free, EcoPaXX base polymer is not only certified carbon-neutral from cradle to gate, but also offers superior toughness, better hydrolysis resistance, improved chemical resistance and dimensional stability. Compared to polyphthalamide (PPA) resins with a similar function, EcoPaXX compounds offer a 30% lower carbon footprint.

And this was just the start. We are now successfully translating our knowledge and experience of high-heat and water-contact applications, such as cooling-systems in cars, into the drinking water contact market where temperatures are obviously lower, but required lifetimes are typically much longer.

Offshore windfarm construction

World’s biggest offshore wind farm

Walney Extension, off the UK coast, is the first wind farm to employ turbines rated at over 8 MW (actually 8.25 MW). The larger turbines (40 of 87 in total) have 80-meter blades, a swept area of 21,124 m2, and each one rises 220 meters above the seabed. The monopiles weigh up to 970 tons each, and have a diameter of over 8 meters. Luckily, lifting technology is keeping pace.

For the Walney Extension SAL Heavy Lift transported these giant monopiles from Germany and rather than conventional steel or polyester options, decided to use Gleistein DynaOne® slings made with Gleistein DynaOne rope with Dyneema® SK78 fiber designed to lift up to 325 tons each.

The Gleistein slings as configured for SAL weighed five times less than a polyester sling of the same strength and show less than 1% elongation at work load. In total, the lifting configuration was capable of lifting 1,300 tons, comfortably exceeding the 970-tons weight of the monopiles. Further plusses included being soft, making them less likely to damage whatever was being lifted, while a replaceable protection sleeve over the rope, also made with Dyneema, extends the slings’ service life and speeds up rope inspections.