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Polymer Testing by Muralisrinivasan Subramanian

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Chapter 6

Thermoplastics

Plastics are based on polymers and may include various other chemicals such as additives, stabilizers, colorants, processing aids, etc. Therefore, each product has to be optimized with respect to its processing and future application [1,2]. Thermoplastics—polymers that become liquid when heated and hard when cooled—are being used more and more in structural applications. The thermoplastics include basic polymers such as polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), and polyvinylchloride (PVC), and specialty resins such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) as higher-order derivatives. Thermoplastics are particularly popular today for many ...

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