Plastics Fundamentals. Raw Materials and Polymer Synthesis. Methods of Polymer Synthesis. Bonding Forces in Polymers. Classification of Plastics. Deformation Behavior of Plastics. Time-Dependent Behavior of Plastics. Physical Properties. Plastics Fabrication and Processing. Plastics Compounding. Extrusion. Injection Molding. Fiber-Reinforced Plastics. Plastic Foams. Thermoforming. Welding Plastics. Machining Plastics. Adhesive Bonding of Plastics. Plastics Products and Plastics Waste. Recycling Plastics.
This text/workbook provides a clearly written, comprehensive introduction to the major topics associated with plastics technology. It is divided into educational units, each covering a distinct subject area. Students can arrange these units to fit their individual educational objectives. Each unit has key questions at the beginning and review questions at the end, providing a useful means for the reader to work through the lessons with specific objectives in mind. The book not only enhances the reader's understanding of plastics and plastics technology but also facilitates independent, self-paced learning.
Prof. Walter Michaeli is the former Head of the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University, a position he held for 23 highly successful years. He studied Manufacturing Engineering at RWTH Aachen, and, after over eight years of industrial employment, took over as Head of the IKV in 1988. For his development of an innovative water-injection method for injection molding, he received the Otto von Guericke Prize of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) in 2002.
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