This book presents in a single volume the basic essentials of the properties and processing behaviour of plastics and composites. The aim is to give engineers and technologists a sound understanding of basic principles without the introduction of unduly complex levels of mathematics or chemistry and thereby set plastics in their proper context as engineering materials.
This textbook pioneered the approach whereby both properties and processing of reinforced and unreinforced plastics are covered in a single volume. It assumes no prior knowledge of plastics, and emphasises the practical aspects of the subject. In this third edition over half the book has been re-written and the remainder has been updated and re-organised. Early chapters give an introduction to the types of plastics which are currently available and describe how a designer goes about the selection of a plastic for a particular application. Later chapters lead the reader into more advanced aspects of mechanical design and analysis of polymer melt flow. All techniques developed are illustrated by numerous worked examples, and problems are given at the end of each chapter - the solutions to which form one of the appendices.
Undergraduate and postgraduate engineering and materials science students, polymer engineers and designers, professional users, manufacturers and specifiers of plastics and composites
Table of Contents
General properties of plastics; Mechanical behaviour of plastics; Mechanical behaviour of composites; Processing of plastics; Analysis of polymer melt flow; Appendices (including Structure of plastics and Solutions to set questions).
Russell J. Crawford is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
"A standard text which has been considerably improved in this latest edition" "Students consider the book to be highly readable." "The book provides a comprehensive and readable introduction to the processing and mechanical behaviour of plastics and composites." "The book is well written and covers most our syllabus in the new module of "Plastic Technology"."