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Thermal Analysis of Plastics

Theory and Practice
Copyright: 2004
ISBN: 9781569903629
Hardcover: 368 pages
$199.99 (US)


Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Oxidative Induction Time/Temperature (OIT). Thermogravimetry (TG). Thermo-Mechanical Analysis (TMA). pvT-Measurements. Dynamic-Mechanical Analysis (DMA). Micro-Thermal Analysis. Brief Characterization of Key Polymers.


Thermal analysis has proven to be one of the most important and meaningful test methods in the plastics industry and in testing laboratories. Although thermal analysis is used for fundamental studies related to materials science of polymers, its power lies in understanding this behavior during manufacturing processes. This understanding aids in process optimization, reduction of manufacturing cycle times, failure analysis as well as overall improvement of the material properties of the finished product, to name a few. In this book, the different test methods and their variations are described in detail, emphasizing the principles and their application in practice. Using practical examples, different approaches to problem solving are presented with a focus on the interpretation of the experimental results. Thermal analysis provides information on important properties of plastic materials, such as nucleation, crystallization, degree of crystallinity, recrystallization, melting and solidification, glass transition, curing and postcuring, thermal stability, thermal expansion, relaxation of orientation and internal stresses, pvT-data, and others.

Author Info:

Ehrenstein, G.

Dr. Gottfried Ehrenstein obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University in Hannover, Germany. He was employed for 10 years within the Technical Plastics Application Department at BASF AG. From 1977 to 1989, he was the director for plastics material technology at the University of Kassel. Since 1989, he has been the director of the Institute of Polymer Technology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He has more than 250 international publications and 15 books specializing in polymer technology processing and design.

Riedel, G.
Trawiel, P.