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Plastics Fundamentals, Properties, and Testing

1st Edition

By Manas Chanda, Salil K. Roy

CRC Press

280 pages | 137 B/W Illus.

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Derived from the fourth edition of the well-known Plastics Technology Handbook, Plastics Fundamentals, Properties, and Testing covers the behavior, characterization, and evaluation of polymers. With a lucid approach and wealth of valuable information, this volume looks at the remarkable versatility of this nonmetallic class of materials.

Examining polymers at the molecular level, the book first discusses their inherent properties and how their end-use properties can be influenced through changes in the molecular architecture or incorporation of various fillers and additives. The authors coherently present a wide spectrum of topics by sequentially introducing structural aspects, properties, and applications. They then proceed to explore the mechanical, electrical, optical, and thermal properties of polymers, providing theoretical derivations where necessary as well as explanations on molecular and structural features. To identify the principles involved, the book also furnishes the bases of many standard test methods according to ASTM and BS 2782 specifications.

Table of Contents

Characteristics of Polymers

What Is a Polymer?

Molecular Weight of Polymers

Polymerization Processes

Configurations of Polymer Molecules

Conformations of a Polymer Molecule

Polymer Crystallinity

The Amorphous State

Structural Shape of Polymer Molecules

Thermal Transitions in Polymers

Designing a Polymer Structure for Improved Properties

Cross-Linking of Polymer Chains

Solubility Behavior of Polymers

Effects of Corrosives on Polymers

Thermal Stability and Flame Retardation

Deterioration of Polymers

Stabilization of Polymers

Metal Deactivators

Light Stabilizers

Light Stabilizers for Selected Plastics

Diffusion and Permeability

Polymer Compounding


Antistatic Agents

Flame Retardants

Smoke Suppressants



Toxicity of Plastics

Plastics Properties and Testing


Mechanical Properties

Reinforced Plastics

Electrical Properties

Optical Properties

Thermal Properties

Identification of Common Plastics


Conversion of Units

Index of Trade Names, Manufacturers, and Suppliers of Antioxidants

Index of Trade Names, Manufacturers, and Suppliers of Metal Deactivators

Index of Trade Names, Manufacturers, and Suppliers of Light Stabilizers

Formulations of Flame-Retarded Selected Thermoplastics

Index of Trade Names and Suppliers of Flame Retardants

Harmonic Motion of a Maxwell Model


References appear at the end of each chapter.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Textiles & Polymers