Materials Science of Polymers for Engineers 3E (eBook)

Copyright: 2012
ISBN: 9781569905241
PDF: 595 pages
$144.99 (US)

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This unified approach to polymer material science covers the wide range of underlying principles: from molecular structure to material properties; from the relationships between part design, processing and performance to mechanical properties and failure mechanisms.

The book stands out with many full-color graphs and figures that visually convey what polymers can--and cannot--accomplish in a world that relies on this class of materials in basically all aspects of modern life. Real-world examples and a variety of problems help the reader apply their knowledge and sharpen their problem-solving skills. 

Materials Science of Polymers for Engineers 3E covers the 6Ps:  polymers, process, product, performance, profit, and post-consumer life (sustainability). There are three major sections in the book.

  • Basic Principles—covering historical background, basic material properties, molecular structure, and thermal properties of polymers.
  • Influence of Processing on Properties—tying processing and design by discussing rheology of polymer melts, mixing and processing, the development of anisotropy, and solidification processes.
  • Engineering Design Properties—covering the different properties that need to be considered when designing a polymer component from mechanical properties to failure mechanisms, electrical properties, acoustic properties, and permeability of polymers. 

Author Info:

Osswald, T.

Dr. Tim A. Osswald teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is co-Director of the Polymer Engineering Center. He also holds honorary professorships at the Friedrich Alexander Universität in Erlangen, Germany and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He teaches and does research in polymer engineering, a field where he has published 11 books and over 300 papers.


Menges, G.

Professor Georg Menges is the former head of the Aachen Institute for Plastics Processing and is considered to be one of the pioneers of the plastics-processing industry. In his career at the Institute, he grew it from a small, technical-training operation to a powerhouse of plastics processing education and research. Research-and-development work for more than 300 industrial sponsors is carried out in teams of both students and scientists. Virtually every aspect of plastics processing has been under taken by the Institute, and many leaders in both German and international plastics companies have been influenced by Professor Menges and his group. Professor Menges studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart and received a Dr.-Ing. degree in 1995; he retired in 1989.

  • SPE International Award in Science & Engineering Plastics (1983)
  • Award of the Plastics Processing Technical Association (1984)
  • Received the Hermann F. Mark medal (1985)
  • Named to Polymer Processing Hall of Fame (1989)
  • Named to the Plastics Academy Hall of Fame (2006)