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BASF’s ABS receives galvanisation certificate

26 April 2007

Two standard types in BASF’s ABS product line Terluran® GP-35 and Terluran® GP-22, can be galvanised without any problems. This has been certified by the Luedenscheid Plastics Institute, Germany, following galvanisation tests in their own techni-cal laboratory and after laboratory studies. Terluran is BASF’s brand name for the plastic ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer).Quality put to the acid test :
The following tests have been performed: cross-cut test according to DIN ISO 2409, cross-cut test according to TL 529, storage under heat according to TL 528, alternating-climate storage according to PV 1200 and determination of peel strength according to DIN 53494. Both materials, i.e. Terluran GP-22 and GP-35, can be galvanised without any problems by means of methods commonly used in industry. In the pickling tests, both types of plastic offer a sufficiently wide processing window for galvanisation in large-scale installations. The samples have the typical ABS gloss and no sur-face flaws were detected. “We especially recommend Terluran GP-35 for this kind of metallisation since it cannot only be easily pickled and readily galvanised but it also exhibits very good flow properties,” explains Klaus Wendel, a BASF specialist in the galvanisation of ABS. The Luedenscheid Plastics Institute: The laboratory of the Luedenscheid Plastics Institute, Germany, has high-quality testing equipment and analysis instruments, for instance, reflected-light and transmitted-light microscopes, FT-IR microscopes, DSC, GPC, REM, 3D-topographic measuring instruments and mechanical test devices. The institute has been accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 by the German Technical Inspectorate (TÜV) and it conducts material testing and damage analysis as well as testing according to automotive standards and interlaboratory studies.

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