Each of us is in contact with plastics every day. In toothbrushes, ballpoint pens, smartphones — there’s no getting away from plastic, or, as the experts put it, synthetic polymers. Many of these everyday plastics have straightforward properties such as light weight, flexibility or hardness. Plastics for use in industry, especially in electrical engineering, require much more specialized properties. These range from transparency and magnetic qualities to the ability to withstand temperature extremes, and the ability to conduct – or minimize conduction of – heat or electricity.
In view of this, Siemens Corporate Technology (CT) is developing innovative recipes for plastics with new properties. For example, plastics with defined and reproducible electrical conductivity are crucial for boosting the efficiency of rotating electrical machines such as generators. The optimization of such machines is very important because it saves energy.