Polyurethane

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Polyurethane
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Most famously, this clear transparent resin was used by Rachel Whiteread to create Untitled Plinth, her inverted 'mirror-image' cast of the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Ten tonnes of this material were poured in one continuous casting process to create the largest resin object in the world. The polymer has an unusual watery transparency, hence the name 'Crystal Clear®'. For this reason it has been used in prop-making to simulate ice cubes and eyeballs. Regardless of the end-product or even type of polyurethane you are using, the way in which you use polyurethane resins is always the same: the raw materials come in two parts, a liquid isocyanate (a very reactive chemical derived from petroleum) and a polyol (a long-chain alcohol), which are mixed to a specified ratio to create a reacting liquid, which is then poured into a mould or onto a surface and left until it cures to form a solid object. The mechanical properties of polyurethane resins are not affected greatly by UV light, but they can discolour over time when exposed to sunlight. This material contains chemical stabilizers that make it UV-resistant and non-brittle, making it very suitable for open-air artefacts.

Sample ID: 2

Particularities

Chemical symbol
C25H42N2O6
State
Solid
Compound
Maker
Smooth-On Ltd
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Categories
Polymers
Curiosities
Relationships
Polymer | Resin | Cast | Clear | Transparent | Rigid | Tough | Water-like

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