Table of Contents

Part I Plastics Engineering: Basic Fundamentals (7 chapters)

Introduction to Plastics Engineering (sections 1-4 and 6-8 of old Chapter 22, The Plastics Industry)

Electrical Properties

Mechanical Properties

Testing of Plastics

Testing and Instrumental Analysis for the plastics processing industry: key technologies

Plastics Processing (sections 5 of old Chapter 22, The Plastics Industry)

Additives for Plastics

Part II Plastics Engineering: New Developments

Plastics Materials (9 chapters)

Engineering Thermoplastics

Thermoplastic Elastomers and Their Applications

Thermoset Elastomers


Nanocomposites: preparation, structure, properties


Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Biodegradable Plastics

Polymeric Biomaterials

Additives (7 chapters)

Adhesion Promotion

Coatings and Colorant Processing Fundamentals (two chapters combined)

Dispersants and Coupling Agents

Functional Fillers for Plastics

Flame Retardants


Polymer Stabilization

Processes (11 chapters)

Blow Molding

Chaotic advection and its application for forming structured plastic materials

Chemical Mechanical Polishing: Role of Polymeric Additives and Composite Materials

Compression Molding


Injection Molding

Microcellular Processing

Rotational Molding


Process Monitoring & Control

Recycling of Plastics

Applications (6 chapters)

Design of Plastic Parts

Plastics in Building and Construction

Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites Applications

Plastic Piping Materials

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Bottles

Tissue Engineering Scaffolds Fabrication


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William Andrew
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About the editor

Myer Kutz

Myer Kutz has headed his own firm, Myer Kutz Associates, Inc., since 1990. For the past several years, he has focused on writing and on developing engineering handbooks on a wide range of technical topics, such as mechanical, materials, biomedical, transportation, and environmentally conscious engineering, for a number of publishers, including Wiley, McGraw-Hill, and Elsevier. Earlier, his firm supplied consulting services to a large client roster, including Fortune 500 companies, scientific societies, and large and small publishers. The firm published two major multi-client studies, “The Changing Landscape for College Publishing” and “The Developing Worlds of Personalized Information.” Before starting his independent consultancy, Kutz held a number of positions at Wiley, including acquisitions editor, director of electronic publishing, and vice president for scientific and technical publishing. He has been a trustee of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and chaired committees of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Association of American Publishers. He holds engineering degrees from MIT and RPI, served as an officer in the US Army Ordnance Corp, and worked in the aerospace industry on the Apollo project. In addition to his edited reference works, he is the author of nine books, including Temperature Control, published by Wiley, Rockefeller Power, published by Simon & Schuster, the novel, Midtown North, published under the name Mike Curtis, and most recently the independently published novel, In the Grip. He is the editor of the Bulletin of the Professional Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers and writes The Scholarly Publishing Scene column for the magazine Against the Grain. He lives in Delmar, NY, with his wife, Arlene.

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"An authoritative source of practical advice for engineers, providing authoritative guidance from experts that will lead to cost savings and process improvements. Throughout the book, the focus is on the engineering aspects of producing and using plastics. The properties of plastics are explained along with techniques for testing, measuring, enhancing and analyzing them. Materials and additives are described as well as their characteristics and effects. The technologies and machinery used in processing operations are covered with reference to product design. And recent developments in a cross-section of applications demonstrate in a pragmatic way, the opportunities as well as the limitations of plastics."