Re: Polymer Corp., Ltd / Polysar tank cars
I should preface this by saying I'm a small-molecule organic chemisttoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
not a polymer chemist. But a colleague of mine *is* a polymer chemist
& I'll check this w/him. But, he's a Dean & subject to capture by
bureaucrats, so no promises on timing.
That said: the metal inside of an un-lined tank car is a reducing
environment, chemically; which can cause polymerization.
(Polymerization can be caused by reducing agents, oxidizing agents,
acids, free radicals: almost anything reactive.) I'm not sure, but I
suspect the word "latex" may be used two different ways: to mean a
latex polymer, like latex gloves, or to mean a latex "living" polymer
like what Mr. Valoczy describes. But at a quick guess, if one lined a
tank car with a latex polymer, I don't think it would react with
a "living" latex, whereas a metal tank might.
FWIW, HTH --
-- Al Brown, Melbourne, Fla.
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And it's hard to think of anything made of latex that would becorrosive and dangerous to put into an unlined tank car. But then,