Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites


  • Michel Biron, Plastics Consultant, Les Ulis, France

This book bridges the technology and business aspects of thermoplastics, providing a guide designed for engineers working

in real-world industrial settings. The author explores the criteria for material selection, provides a detailed guide to each

family of thermoplastics, and also explains the various processing options for each material type.

More than 30 families of thermoplastics are described with information on their advantages and drawbacks, special grades,

prices, transformation processes, applications, thermal behaviour, technological properties (tenacity, friction, dimensional

stability), durability (ageing, creep, fatigue), chemical and fire behaviour, electrical properties, and joining possibilities.

Biron explores the technological properties and economics of the major thermoplastics and reinforced thermoplastics, such

as polyethylene, and emerging polymers such as polybenzimidazole, Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) and bioplastics.

In the second edition, a new section ‘plastics solutions for practical problems’ provides over 25 case studies illustrating a

wide range of design and production challenges across the spectrum of thermoplastics, from metal and glass replacement

solutions, to fire retardant plastics and antimicrobials.

In addition, Biron provides major new material on bioplastics and wood plastic composites (WPCs), and fully updated data


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Engineers involved in the design, manufacturing and use of thermoplastic and composite products; equipment


Sectors: automotive, aerospace, ship-building, industrial and military equipment, electrical engineering, offshore, sports and

leisure, medical devices, consumer goods and packaging.


Book information

  • Published: November 2012
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-7898-0

Table of Contents

1. Plastics compared to

conventional materials

2. The Plastics Industry: Economic


3. Basic Criteria for the Selection

of Thermoplastics

4. Detailed Accounts of

Thermoplastic Resins

5. Thermoplastic Processing

6. Thermoplastic Composites

7. Plastics solutions for practical

problems (Case Studies)

8. Future Prospects for

Thermoplastics and their