Friday, 11 December 2015

Did you know? #33

Did you know that different plastics have different properties?

Some plastics are valued for their insulating properties, for example, phenol formaldehyde, also known as bakelike, was used in plugs and light sockets to protect people from electrical shocks.

Light socket adaptor - PHSL : 322

Two-pin plug - AIBDC : 0_6575

Anglepoise lamp - AIBDC : 0_3127

It can also protect against heat and has been used in handles:

Kettle - AIBDC : 0_2509

Espresso maker - AIBDC : 0_2452

Iron - AIBDC : 0_1962
You can investigate the properties of materials in MoDiP's Curators Guide to Plastics.

Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)

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