Un-Böring Borotron

Industrial plastics have a wide-variety of valuable and interesting applications. Resource-based industries receive a lot of due attention; however, plastics have their role in  industries such as medical and nuclear as well. Perhaps no product is a better example of this than Borotron.

Redco™ Borotron is a specialized derivative of HDPE or UHMW (though UHMW is often preferred) and involves some fascinating science. The high hydrogen content of the UHMW slows down dangerous “fast” neutron emissions, which become thermalized (stable). These particles are then trapped by the Boron additive, a naturally absorptive material of neutron particles.

Traditionally, concrete has been used for this application; however, Borotron is much lighter and easier to work with while providing similar benefits. Redco™ Borotron is available in three content grades: 1.5%, 3%, and 5% respectively.  

A key highlight of this product is that despite its Boron additives, this product is still UHMW. This means Redco™ Borotron is much more than a simple radiation absorption material: it has very low moisture absorption, high impact resistance, a low coefficient of friction, excellent mechanical properties and the other advantages that UHMW provides.

Current applications include:

  • Nuclear storage/waste/transport containers and building materials.
  • Particle accelerator shielding
  • Medical doors and shielding
  • And more

Therefore Redco™ Borotron is not only an excellent solution to neutron radiation issues but a great material to work with due to its remarkable UHMW properties.

Most Un-Böring.

For any questions on Redco™ Borotron or to get our team working on your application: contact us today.

E-MAIL: sales@redwoodplastics.com
CDN: 1 800 667 0999
USA: 1 866 733 2684


About redwoodplastics
Since 1971 Redwood Plastics and Rubber has worked directly with customers to find solutions for a variety of problems including shock, abrasion, noise, wear, & friction. In partnership with our manufacturing divisions, Redwood Plastics and Rubber molds, machines, and fabricates a wide-range of high quality, custom components. Our dedication to ethical and respectful interaction with our customers, suppliers and each other is the key to our long standing relationships. Relationships that are enabled by the pride, enthusiasm and commitment of each member of our organization.

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