Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780081025017, 9780081025024

Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites

3rd Edition

Authors: Michel Biron
eBook ISBN: 9780081025024
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081025017
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 1200
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Table of Contents

1. Outline of the Actual Situation of Plastics Compared to Conventional Materials
2. The Plastics Industry: Economic Overview
3. Basic Criteria for the Selection of Thermoplastics
4. Detailed Accounts of Thermoplastic Resins
5. Thermoplastic Processing
6. Thermoplastic Composites
7. Plastics Solutions for Practical Problems
8. Plastics rush into digitalization through Industry 4.0: The era of virtualization, connectivity, collaborative work, real-time and flexibility
9. Future Prospects for Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites


Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites, Third Edition, bridges the technology and business aspects of thermoplastics, providing a guide designed for engineers working in real-world industrial settings. The author explores the criteria for material selection, provides a detailed guide to each family of thermoplastics, and also explains the various processing options for each material type.

More than 30 families of thermoplastics are described with information on their advantages and drawbacks, special grades, prices, transformation processes, applications, thermal behaviour, technological properties (tenacity, friction, dimensional stability), durability (ageing, creep, fatigue), chemical and fire behaviour, electrical properties, and joining possibilities. Biron explores the technological properties and economics of the major thermoplastics and reinforced thermoplastics, such as polyethylene, and emerging polymers such as polybenzimidazole, Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) and bioplastics.

In the third edition, standards and costs have been updated for all materials, and more information on topics such as bioplastics, 3D printing, and recycling have been added. In addition, an entirely new chapter on the concept of ‘Industry 4.0’ has been added, with guidance and suggestions on the incorporation of virtualization, connectivity, and automation into the plastics engineering process to reduce materials and processing failure.

Key Features

  • Combines materials data, information on processing techniques, economic aspects and case studies to enable plastics engineers to improve their decision making in materials and process selection
  • Includes detailed case studies to illustrate best practice across a wide range of applications and industry sectors
  • An entirely new chapter on the ‘Industry 4.0’ concept suggests software solutions to assist with design, decision-making and management, as well as other forms of automation to make companies more competitive


Engineers involved in the design, manufacturing and use of thermoplastic and composite products; equipment manufacturers. Sectors: automotive, aerospace, ship-building, industrial and military equipment, electrical engineering, offshore, sports and leisure, medical devices, consumer goods and packaging


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About the Authors

Michel Biron Author

Michel Biron is a plastics consultant based in Les Ulis, France, and is a Graduate Chemist Engineer from the Institut National Supérieur de Chimie Industrielle

de Rouen and Polymer Specialist from the Institut Français du Caoutchouc. He has authored numerous technical papers and books on plastics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Plastics Consultant, Les Ulis, France