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Basics of Polymers by Muralisrinivasan Subramanian

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CHAPTER 5

Polymer Processing Technology

Polymer production has been growing rapidly and majority of plastics are synthesized from petrochemicals. Polymers have facilitated their development to meet the convenient needs of the modern consumer [1, 2].

5.1.  Polymer Processing Technology

Polymer processing is influenced by the thermal characteristics of polymer. They are melt temperature, glass transition temperature, thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, heat capacity, coefficient of linear thermal expansion, and decomposition temperature. The effect of processing (shear and heat) is expected to have an effect on the polymer at the molecular level, reducing molar mass and altering its distribution [3].

Polymer processing techniques are used ...

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