Table of Contents


Series page


About the Editor


Introduction to the Plastics Industry

1. Plastics Materials

1.1. Polymeric Materials

2. Engineering Thermoplastics

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Aromatic Polyamides, Aramids

2.3. Semiaromatic Polyamides

2.4. Polyacetals

2.5. Polycarbonates

2.6. Poly(Phenylene Ether)

2.7. Polysulfones

2.8. Polybiphenyldisulfones

2.9. Thermoplastic Polyesters

2.10. Liquid Crystalline Polymers (Polyesters)

2.11. Poly(Phenylene Sulfide)

2.12. Polyetherimide

2.13. Polyimides

2.14. Polyamide Imides

2.15. Aromatic Polyketones

2.16. Polyarylates

2.17. Aliphatic Polyketones

2.18. Syndiotactic Polystyrene

2.19. Polyphenylene

2.20. Trends in Engineering Thermoplastics

2.21. Conclusions

3. Polyolefins

3.1. Industrial Processes for Polyolefin Production

3.2. Classes of Polyolefins

3.3. Catalysts for Olefin Polymerization

3.4. Industrial Reactors

3.5. Polyolefin Properties

3.6. Applications

3.7. Polyolefin Composites

4. Introduction to Fluoropolymers

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Fluoropolymer Classification

4.3. Polymer Development History

4.4. Monomer Synthesis

4.5. Monomer Properties

4.6. Polymerization and Finishing

4.7. Structure–Property Relationship

4.8. Polymer Properties of PTFE

4.9. Fabrication Techniques

4.10. Applications

4.11. Safety

4.12. Economy

4.13. Summary

5. Poly(Vinyl Chloride)

5.1. Introduction [1,2,3]

5.2. Synthesis of Vinyl Chloride [3,5]

5.3. PVC Resin Synthesis and Characterization [1,2,3]

5.4. PVC Compounds: Processing and Applications [7,8]

5.5. Recycli


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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.


"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."