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Wire and Cable Research Projects

Wire and cable coating is an important manufacturing industry sector in Massachusetts.  Typically a low profit-margin sector, wire and cable coaters are faced with customer demands to limit their use of certain toxic chemicals such as heavy metals, phthalates and brominated flame retardants.  TURI works with UMass researchers to identify alternatives to these chemicals for wire and cable coating applications.

dynamic heat stability test specimens
Dynamic heat stability test specimens

2006 -- Improved Lead-Free Wire and Cable Insulation Using Nanoclays - Prof. Daniel Schmidt, UMass Lowell Department of Plastics Engineering.

2005 -- Flame Retardancy Enhancement for EPDM Wire and Cable Coatings Using Nanoclays - Prof. Joey Mead, UMass Lowell Department of Plastics Engineering.

2004 -- Alternative Stabilizers and Surface Characterization (SEM/EDXS Analysis) of EPDM for Wire and Cable Applications - Prof. Joey Mead, UMass Lowell Department of Plastics Engineering, and Changmo Sung, UMass Lowell Department of Chemical Engineering.

2003 -- Analysis of Lead-Containing Wire Coating Materials - Prof. Joey Mead, UMass Lowell Department of Plastics Engineering, and Changmo Sung, UMass Lowell Department of Chemical Engineering.

2003 -- Innovative Materials for Wire and Cable Coating - Prof. Stephen McCarthy, UMass Lowell Department of Plastics Engineering and the Institute for Plastics Innovations.

2002 -- Innovative Materials For Wire And Cable Coating - Prof. Stephen McCarthy, UMass Lowell, Department of Plastics Engineering and the Institute for Plastics Innovations.