Polaris™ unsaturated polyester resin
Polaris unsaturated polyester resins provide fabricators with resin options that fit any cast polymer need. Polaris resins are designed for high filler loading, fast green strength development and quick de-mold times without cracking or warping. Polaris resins have excellent batch-to-batch consistency in color and liquid properties. For cultured marble and onyx fabricators, Polaris resins also have excellent thermal shock resistance and low color.
For the solid surface fabricator, Polaris resins will produce void-free solid surfaces that exceed ANSI 124.6 testing requirements for stain and chemical resistance. For engineered stone applications, Polaris resins provide superior strength and surface quality compared to traditional materials. Polaris resins also have good mechanical strength and low water absorption at high filler loading capacity.
Polaris resins are used in vanity tops, bath tubs and wall panels.
- Superior batch-to-batch color consistency and liquid properties
- Excellent filler loading and filler wet-out
- Superior resistance to thermal shock
- Non-porous surface
Polaris engineered stone resins are used in countertops. The resins are equal weight to natural stone and have good mechanical strength, low water absorption and high filler loading capacity.
- Good mechanical strength
- Low water absorption
- High filler loading capacity
- Superior air release
Polaris acrylic modified solid surface resins are used in countertops. Exceeds ANSI Z124.6 solid surface standards for stain, chemical, and water resistance. Surpassed 10,000 thermal cycles for shock resistance.
- Non-porous surface
- Seamless, so no grout required
- Excellent design flexibility
- Easy to clean
Ashland’s global technology team includes skilled scientists, chemists, engineers and researchers who formulate specialty polymer products. With extensive experience in processes such as hand lay-up, spray-up and closed molding processes such as infusion, resin transfer molding, sheet molding compound, bulk molding compound, pultrusion and cured-in-place pipe, our development team can simulate the manufacturing environment in our world -class facility. This team then applies its specialty chemical expertise to customize polymers that enhance customers’ specific application needs. The team also offers chromatography, spectroscopy, microscopy, spectrometry, thermal analysis and mechanical testing services that validate and verify applications of its products to ensure quality control and safety.
Mechanical testing provides test data to characterize the mechanical integrity of molded resin castings, composites, laminates and sections of molded parts. The data is used to qualify materials for customer specifications, to help design materials for optimum end-use performance or to evaluate the effects of exposure environments on mechanical integrity. The material strength can be evaluated in a variety of deformations:
● Tensile testing – measures the stiffness and strength of a material as it is being pulled apart in tension.
● Flex testing – measures the stiffness and strength of a material as it is being deformed in three-point flexural bending.
● Fatigue testing – applies to a cyclical load or strain to the sample and determines the resiliency or durability of the material by measuring the number of cycles to failure.