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Forensic Polymer Engineering by P Lewis, C Gagg

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10

Consumer products

10.1 Introduction

We are all consumers and so will be familiar with plastic products in our lives, whether as packaging of foodstuffs, enclosures of electrical products, clothing or those many useful gadgets and tools that ensure we can enjoy our leisure time and family life. Plastics seem ubiquitous and close to us because they are often the outward and public face of so many products, from TV sets and telephones to power tools and packaged products. Yet they are also performing a useful function in protecting the working innards, and giving us a way to handle a product easily and with confidence. They all exploit the low density of polymers, their special properties such as insulation against electricity or their low ...

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