The Plastics Compendium Vol 1
The properties and processability of plastics materials are subject to a number of influences. Factors such as a chemical constitution, molecular weight and degree of crystallinity are clearly of primary importance, but they do not tell the whole story. Commercial grades of plastics contain reinforcing agents and fillers, plasticisers and lubricants, which may enhance one aspect of a material's performance whilst diminishing another. Accurate data on the performance of the most widely available modified grades are therefore essential when specifying materials for ever more demanding applications. The relative costs of materials may also be significant when large production runs are planned or if a number of materials meet the required performance criteria. All these aspects are addressed in The Plastics Compendium; a unique resource from Rapra Technology.
Volume 1 of The Plastics Compendium contains clearly presented data on 351 generic and modified material types, in the following main sections:
The property and commercial data sheets provide three types of information: