Brydson's Plastics Materials, Eighth Edition, provides a comprehensive overview of the commercially available plastics materials that bridge the gap between theory and practice. The book enables scientists to understand the commercial implications of their work and provides engineers with essential theory.
Since the previous edition, many developments have taken place in plastics materials, such as the growth in the commercial use of sustainable bioplastics, so this book brings the user fully up-to-date with the latest materials, references, units, and figures that have all been thoroughly updated.
The book remains the authoritiative resource for engineers, suppliers, researchers, materials scientists, and academics in the field of polymers, including current best practice, processing, and material selection information and health and safety guidance, along with discussions of sustainability and the commercial importance of various plastics and additives, including nanofillers and graphene as property modifiers.
With a 50 year history as the principal reference in the field of plastics material, and fully updated by an expert team of polymer scientists and engineers, this book is essential reading for researchers and practitioners in this field.
Marianne Gilbert is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Materials at Loughborough University, United Kingdom. Marianne obtained a BSc in Applied Chemistry from Aston University, followed by 18 months at Dunlop Research Department. She then returned to Aston to study for a PhD in Polymer Chemistry which was awarded in 1970. Marianne became a Lecturer in the Institute of Polymer Technology and Materials Engineering at Loughborough in 1970 and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor. She spent two years as Acting Head of Department then six years as Head of Department from 1994 - 2000. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and received that Institute's Swinburne Award. She retired at the end of 2013.
1. Plastics Materials: Introduction and Historical Development 2. The Chemical Nature of Plastics Polymerization 3. States of Aggregation in Polymers 4. Relation of Structure to Thermal and Mechanical Properties 5. Relation of Structure to Chemical Properties 6. Relation of Structure to Electrical and Optical Properties 7. Additives for Plastics 8. Fillers (Including Fiber Reinforcements) 9. Processing, Design, and Performance of Plastics Products 10. Polyethylene 11. Polypropylene and Other Polyolefins 12. Plastics Based on Styrene 13. Poly(Vinyl Chloride) 14. Fluorine-Containing Polymers 15. Miscellaneous Vinyl Thermoplastics 16. Acrylic Plastics 17. Polycarbonates 18. Aliphatic Polyamides 19. Polyacetals 20. Thermoplastic Polyesters 21. High-Temperature Engineering Thermoplastics 22. Cellulose Plastics 23. Bioplastics: New Routes, New Products 24. Thermoplastic Elastomers 25. Aldehyde Polymers: Phenolics and Aminoplastics 26. Unsaturated Polyester Resins 27. Epoxy Resins 28. Isocyanate-Based Polymers: Polyurethanes, Polyureas, Polyisocyanurates, and their Copolymers