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Automotive Plastics and Composites - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128180082

Automotive Plastics and Composites

1st Edition

Materials and Processing

Author: Joseph P. Greene
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128180082
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 18th June 2021
Page Count: 600
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to plastics and polymers for automotive industry
2. Polymer materials and polymeric structures
3. Microstructures of polymers
4. Physical and mechanical properties
5. Rheology and plastic flow
6. Flow analysis with injection molding
7. Commodity thermoplastics
8. Engineering thermoplastics
9. Elastomers and rubbers
10. Bio-based and biodegradable plastics
11. Thermoset polymers
12. Polymer composites
13. Extrusion
14. Injection molding
15. Blow molding
16. Compressions molding
17. Recycling and environmental aspects
18. Design aspects in automotive plastics and composites
19. Additive manufacturing in the automotive industry
20. Sustainable plastic car
Appendix A. Answers to homework problems and true/false questions


Automotive Plastics and Composites: Materials and Processing is an essential guide to the use of plastic and polymer composites in automotive applications, whether in the exterior, interior, under-the-hood, or powertrain, with a focus on materials, properties, and processing.

The book begins by introducing plastics and polymers for the automotive industry, discussing polymer materials and structures, mechanical, chemical, and physical properties, rheology, and flow analysis. In the second part of the book, each chapter is dedicated to a category of material, and considers the manufacture, processing, properties, shrinkage, and possible applications, in each case. Two chapters on polymer processing provide detailed information on both closed-mold and open-mold processing. The final chapters explain other key aspects, such as recycling and sustainability, design principles, tooling, and future trends.

This book is an ideal reference for plastics engineers, product designers, technicians, scientists, and R&D professionals who are looking to develop materials, components, or products for automotive applications. The book also intends to guide researchers, scientists, and advanced students in plastics engineering, polymer processing, and materials science and engineering.

Key Features

  • Analyzes mechanical, chemical, physical, and thermal properties, enabling the reader to select the appropriate material for specific applications
  • Explains polymer processing, with thorough coverage of operations across both closed-mold and open-mold processing
  • Provides systematic coverage of materials, including commodity and engineering thermoplastics, bio-based plastics, thermosets, composites, elastomeric polymers, and 3D-printed plastics


Industry: Plastics engineers, product designers, technicians, scientists, and R&D professionals, looking to develop materials, components, or products, for automotive applications. Academia: Researchers, scientists and advanced students in plastics engineering, polymer processing, and materials science and engineering


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About the Author

Joseph P. Greene

Dr. Joseph P. Greene is a retired professor with 20 years of teaching experience at the Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing Department of California State University, Chico. Prof. Greene received a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1993 from the University of Michigan. He began teaching at California State University, Chico, in 1998 after a 14-year career with General Motors Corporation in Detroit, MI. His research interests include plastics materials for automotive applications, bio-based and biodegradable polymers, recycled plastics, composting technology, and anaerobic digestion.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor (retired), Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing Department, California State University, Chico, CA, USA