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Plastics Materials - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9780750618649, 9781483292090

Plastics Materials

6th Edition

Author: J A Brydson
eBook ISBN: 9781483292090
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 15th June 1995
Page Count: 896
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The sixth edition of this classic reference work continues to provide a balanced and comprehensive overview of the nature, manufacture, structure, properties, processing and applications of commercially available plastics materials. Aiming to bridge the gap between theory and practice, it enables scientists to understand the commercial implications of their work as well as providing technologists with a theoretical background.

Early chapters describe the history and nature of plastics and explain the relationship of chemical structure and properties. Preparation, structure, properties processing and applications of each class of plastics materials are then considered separately. New chapters have been added on materials selection and special polymers, including biodegradable and electroconductive polymers and thermoplastic elastomers. In addition many new plastics materials have been added throughout the text and more information has been included on testing methods and data. The sections on production/consumption statistics has also been completely updated.
Reviews of previous editions:

It's a genuine milestone in reference works...and the book is a 'must' for anyone concerned with the selection, preparation, compounding or processing of these materials' - British Plastic and Rubber

'This latest edition maintains the high standard set previously... The book s a 'must' for both student and practising technologists' - Plastics Materials

'The fourth edition of John Brydson's book carries on the splendid traditions of the previous three. As a reference book for a laboratory, sales office or student's bedroom, it is unrivalled in its comprehensive of the history, chemistry and technology of plastics'. - Reinforced Plastics

'As a reference book on the subject it is unique for its depth in such a compact form, yet allied to that it is so eminently readable. It is a working chemist's book for a working chemist.' - Journal of the Oil and Colour Chemists Association

'This is one of the most comprehensive reference books in its class.' - Polymer News, March 1996


Technical managers, research and development staff, users and manufacturers of plastics, students.

Table of Contents

The historical development of plastics materials; The chemical nature of plastics; States of aggregation in polymers; Relation of structure to thermal and mechanical properties; Relation of structure to electrical and optical properties; Additives for plastics; Principles of the processing of plastics; Principles of product design; Polyethylene; Aliphatic polyolefins other than polyethylene, and diene rubbers; Vinyl chloride polymers; Fluorine-containing polymers; Poly (vinyl acetate) and its derivatives; Acrylic plastics; Plastics based on styrene; Miscellaneous vinyl thermoplastics; Polyamides and polyimides; Polyacetals and related materials; Polycarbonates; Other thermoplastics containing phenylene groups; Cellulose plastics; Phenolic resins; Aminoplastics; Polyester resins; Epoxide resins; Polyurethanes and polyisocyanurates; Furan resins; Silicones and other heat-resisting polymers; Miscellaneous plastics materials; Special polymers; Materials selection.


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About the Author

J A Brydson


'One is dumbstruck with admiration and almost total disbelief on being presented with the new edition of Plastics Materials, or simply 'Brydson' as it is more popularly known. How can just one man know so much about he subject. Just about everything that could possibly be said about plastics or rubber material is there, which is why it has enjoyed a reputation and status as the Bible of the industry for many years.' British Plastics & Rubber, February 1996 'Its information in depth on the whole spectrum of organic polymers makes it an invaluable companion to those working with, or studying polymers.' Plastics & Rubber International, June 1995 'Since publication of the first edition in 1965, John Brydson's Plastics Materials has become widely acknowledged within the industry as a classic source of reference. This sixth edition upholds the reputation, providing a comprehensive overview of the properties, processing and applications of commercially-available plastics materials, as well as expanding the coverage with the inclusion of new information. As indispensable as its predecessors, this updated reference textbook should be of interest and value to polymer student and practising technologist alike. Certainly no collection of plastics literature will be complete without a copy.' RAPRA Abstracts, June 1996

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