The two words in the title of this book, 'polymers' and 'plastics', could
be considered as referring to two different worlds. In the world of
polymers, the properties of chain molecules are in the focus of attention,
and are subject of thorough theoretical studies.
In the world of plastics, the end-use performance of the technically used
materials counts, as well as their behaviour in the various processing
operations in which they are transformed into finished articles.
Nevertheless, these two worlds are closely related to each other. The
typical behaviour of plastics materials, strongly deviating from other
materials, can only be understood on the basis of the chain properties.
In this book an attempt has been made to give a survey of polymer
properties, and of the way these are, on the one hand, governed by their
molecular structure, and are, on the other hand, responsible for the
technological behaviour of plastics materials. As a result of this
intention, cross-references are given throughout the whole book: every
aspect of polymer science and of plastics technology is closely related to
practically every other aspect!
In each chapter lots of questions and exercises have been included. The
solutions to the problems can be found on this URL.
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Molecular composition 3. Glassy state and
glass-rubber transition 4. Crystalline polymers 5. Rubbery and liquid
phases 6. Visco-elasticity 7. Mechanical properties 8. Further
properties 9. Polymeric compounds and composites 10, Processing
techniques 11. Data om materials Literature Index