Thermoplastic Material Selection

Thermoplastic Material Selection

A Practical Guide

First published on April 30, 2015

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  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323312998
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323312653

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Thermoplastic Material Selection: A Practical Guide presents current information on how proper material selection is a critical component of any manufactured product. The text is a practical guide to a difficult process, giving the reader a fundamental grounding in thermoplastic materials and providing the tools they need to save time, money, and frustration. The book provides an overview of the most commonly used thermoplastic materials, including discussions of the different chemical families, plastics categories, and material grades - and the implications of these differences on the material selection process. It provides fresh insights on the traditional methods of material selection based on performance and cost, and also discusses the use of non-traditional methods based on subjective evaluation. Subsequent sections include references on tools that can be used to conduct further exploration, how to accurately select the most suitable material, writing an effective material specification, and working with material suppliers and distributors.

Key Features

  • Presents current information on how proper thermoplastics material selection is a critical component of any manufactured product
  • A practical guide to a difficult process, giving the reader a fundamental grounding in thermoplastics material selection and providing the tools they need to save time, money, and frustration
  • Delivers insights on the traditional methods of material selection based on performance and cost, and introduces nontraditional methods based on size, form, appearance, and feel

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction

    • 1.1. The Stone Age
    • 1.2. The Age of Metals
    • 1.3. Other Materials
    • 1.4. The Industrial Revolution
    • 1.5. Mass Production
    • 1.6. Materials Science
    • 1.7. The Plastics Age
    • 1.8. Plastics—The Other Synthetic Material
    • 1.9. Plastics Material Selection
    • 1.10. How This Book Can Help You

    2. Why Use Plastic?

    • 2.1. Introduction
    • 2.2. Plastics as Raw Materials
    • 2.3. Plastic Processing Technologies
    • 2.4. Process Comparison
    • 2.5. Plastics in Manufacturing
    • 2.6. Advantages of Thermoplastics
    • 2.7. Disadvantages of Thermoplastics
    • 2.8. The Uniqueness of Thermoplastics
    • 2.9. And the Answer Is…

    3. Understanding Thermoplastics

    • 3.1. Introduction
    • 3.2. Materials Science
    • 3.3. Polymer Science
    • 3.4. The Resin Industry
    • 3.5. Thermoplastic Classification Methods
    • 3.6. A Final Word about Property Data
    • 3.7. The Amazing World of Thermoplastics

    4. An Overview of Thermoplastic Materials

    • 4.1. Key Thermoplastic Materials
    • 4.2. Thermoplastic Elastomers
    • 4.3. Meet the Family

    5. Material Selection Based on Performance

    • 5.1. What is Performance?
    • 5.2. Predicting Performance
    • 5.3. How Material Selection Affects Performance
    • 5.4. Environmental Effects
    • 5.5. Key Mechanical Properties
    • 5.6. Measuring Toughness
    • 5.7. But Is It Tough Enough?
    • 5.8. Surface Properties
    • 5.9. Key Electrical Properties
    • 5.10. Properties of Form
    • 5.11. Some Final Guidelines

    6. Material Selection Based on Cost

    • 6.1. What is Cost?
    • 6.2. Why is Cost Important?
    • 6.3. The Language of Cost
    • 6.4. Evaluating Cost
    • 6.5. Reducing Material Costs
    • 6.6. Reducing Processing Costs
    • 6.7. Total Manufacturing Cost
    • 6.8. A Final Word on Cost

    7. Material Selection Based on Feel

    • 7.1. What Is Feel?
    • 7.2. Why Is Feel Important?
    • 7.3. The Language of Feel
    • 7.4. Evaluating Feel
    • 7.5. Sight
    • 7.6. Hearing
    • 7.7. Touch
    • 7.8. Smell
    • 7.9. Taste
    • 7.10. A Methodology
    • 7.11. A Final Word about Feel

    8. Bringing It All Together

    • 8.1. Material Selection
    • 8.2. Material Specification
    • 8.3. The Plastics Supply Chain
    • 8.4. Industry Infrastructure
    • 8.5. Working with Suppliers
    • 8.6. Troubleshooting
    • 8.7. Finale

Product details

  • No. of pages: 364
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2015
  • Published: April 30, 2015
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323312998
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323312653

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