The Marcus homopolymer waxes have an excellent combination of characteristics to provide powerful gel forming aids for oils and polybutenes.
The major properties are:
- Highly crystalline
- Excellent heat stability
- High melting
- Good gel forming nature at 5 – 10% level Inert
- Good electrical properties
Electrical and telecommunication cables are manufactured with a filling/flooding compound packed inside them for providing water and gas tightness. These compounds must have a good stability to the high shear forces which occur during manufacture and which could cause breakdown of the compound consistency. This consistency must also be maintained over a wide temperature range and there should be no migration.
The Marcus homopolymers as high performance additives possess the properties necessary to formulate stable and heat resistant gels and being highly crystalline, have little tendency to migrate.