Polystyrene (PS), is a form of chemical compound most often known for its use in packaging. It is an aromatic polymer composed of monomer, also known as styrene, a liquid hydrocarbon manufactured from petroleum in chemical industries.
A Quick Chemistry Lesson On Polystyrene:
Polystyrene as its name suggests, is made up of many (“poly”) styrenes. Styrene is a small organic compound and is a clear, colourless liquid. When it is heated, the individual molecules (monomers) join together to form long chains. Long chains of repeating monomers are called polymers. When lots of styrene chains get mixed together, they get tangled up and make a strong, interconnected mesh. This is polystyrene.
Is There A Difference Between Styrene And Polystyrene?
It’s all in the chemistry. While styrene is a liquid chemically attached to create polystyrene, which results in solid plastic material with different properties, polystyrene is what manufacturers use to make consumer products like cushioning for shipping fragile appliances, for insulation, designing architectural and decorative moulding and trim, and is also used in foodservice containers.
Where Does Styrene Come From?
Styrene can be found naturally in food and beverages. The chemical structure of styrene is very similar to cinnamic aldehyde, a chemical component that creates the cinnamon flavour. It is also used in building blocks that make automobiles, electronics, toys, and so much more.
The Two Types Of Polystyrene
Polystyrene comes in two forms, expanded polystyrene (EPS), most commonly known as foam and extruded polystyrene, which is the rigid insulation counterpart.
Expanded polystyrene can be used in a number of ways, shaped to different moulds and specifications in blocks, sheets, architectural and decorative mouldings, columns, and other moulded shapes of varying sizes. We can also find extruded polystyrene in a number of packaging applications.
The Benefits Of Architectural Polystyrene Moulding
- Lightweight: their weight makes these decorative mouldings a perfect fit on walls as they won’t add extra weight.
- Durability: polystyrene moulding has a robust strength that withstands damp conditions. Meaning it is ideal for outside areas.
- Installation: installing this moulding does not take hours, and can be easily installed by professionals. A single person can take on this job. The great thing is this means more savings for you.
- A variety of options: there is plenty of polystyrene moulding that comes in different shapes to suit a number of styles and tastes.
- Affordability: an inexpensive moulding material with high premium value. Getting these won’t break the bank.
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