Automotive Plastics and Composites

Automotive Plastics and Composites

Materials and Processing

1st Edition - June 23, 2021

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  • Author: Joseph P. Greene
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128180082
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128182406

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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, materials science and engineering.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Polymer Materials
    3. Microstructures of Polymers
    4. Physical and Mechanical Properties
    5. Rheology and Plastic Flow
    6. Flow Analysis with Injection Molding
    7. Commodity Plastics
    8. Engineering Plastics
    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. Compression Molding
    17. Recycling and Environmental Aspects
    18. Design Aspects in Automotive Plastics and Composites
    19. Additive Manufacturing in Automotive
    20. Sustainable Car
    Appendix A. Answers to Questions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 392
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2021
  • Published: June 23, 2021
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128180082
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128182406

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

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