Thermosets and Composites

1st Edition

Editors: M. Biron
Authors: Michel Biron
Hardcover ISBN: 9781856174114
eBook ISBN: 9780080519203
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 18th December 2003
Page Count: 536
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• A succinct source of information for designers and manufacturers.

• A decision-making tool for those who need a quick and pragmatic account of thermosets and composites.

• A synoptic account of the techno-economics and properties of all the commonly-used thermosets and composites.

Designers and manufacturers using thermosets and composites, or those intending to do so, often need a succinct source of information on the economics and properties of these materials. This book provides a synoptic approach.

It covers the economic importance of thermosets and composites, a comparison of the properties of the various thermoset categories, monographs on the nine principal families of thermosets, polymer composites and emergent materials and processes.

Will enable readers to make informed decisions leading to well designed and made products.


Designers and users of plastics, manufacturers of composites and thermosets, equipment manufacturers, R&D scientists and some academic departments.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Outline of the actual situation of plastics versus conventional materials

1.1 Polymers: the industrial and economic reality compared to traditional materials

1.1.1 Plastic and metal consumption

1.1.2 Mechanical properties Intrinsic mechanical properties Specific mechanical properties

1.1.3 Thermal and electrical properties

1.1.4 Durability

1.1.5 Material costs Cost per weight of various materials Cost per volume of various materials [Performances/cost per litre] ratios of various materials

1.2 What are thermosets, composites and hybrids?

1.2.1 Thermosets

1.2.2 Polymer composites

1.2.3 Hybrid materials

1.3 Plastics: an answer to the main designer's problems

1.3.1 Economical requirements

1.3.2 Technical requirements

1.3.3 Marketing requirements

1.3.4 Environmental requirements

1.3.5 Some weaknesses of the polymer materials

1.4 Outline of the technical and economic possibilities of processing

1.4.1 Thermoset processing Moulding the solid thermosets Moulding the liquid thermosets Secondary processing

1.4.2 Composite processing Primary processes Secondary processing Repaire possibilities: a significant composite advantage

1.4.3 Hybrid processing

1.5 Environmental constraints

1.5.1 Toxicity and pollution

1.5.2 The recycling of polymers

1.6 The final material/process/cost compromis


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About the Editor

M. Biron

About the Author

Michel Biron

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


This book is of value to someone already involved deeply in thermosetsand composites looking for 'nuggets of gold'. Eli M. Pearce H. F. Mark Polymer Research Institute Polytechnic University Brooklyn NY USA