Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites

Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites, 2nd Edition

Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites, 2nd Edition,Michel Biron,ISBN9781455778980


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Integrating guidance and data for material selection, information on processing

techniques, and economics aspects, this book provides a complete guide to

thermoplastics for engineers and product designers working in the plastics industry,

and industry sectors that utilize plastics, such as automotive and packaging.

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Combining materials data, information on processing techniques, and economic aspects (pricing), Biron provides a

unique end-to-end approach to the selection and use of materials in the plastics industry and related sectors.

• Includes a new section of case studies, illustrating best practice across a wide range of applications and industry sectors.

• New material on bioplastics and sustainable composites.


This book bridges the technology and business aspects of thermoplastics, providing a guide designed for engineers working

in real-world industrial settings. The author explores the criteria for material selection, provides a detailed guide to each

family of thermoplastics, and also explains the various processing options for each material type.

More than 30 families of thermoplastics are described with information on their advantages and drawbacks, special grades,

prices, transformation processes, applications, thermal behaviour, technological properties (tenacity, friction, dimensional

stability), durability (ageing, creep, fatigue), chemical and fire behaviour, electrical properties, and joining possibilities.

Biron explores the technological properties and economics of the major thermoplastics and reinforced thermoplastics, such

as polyethylene, and emerging polymers such as polybenzimidazole, Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) and bioplastics.

In the second edition, a new section ‘plastics solutions for practical problems’ provides over 25 case studies illustrating a

wide range of design and production challenges across the spectrum of thermoplastics, from metal and glass replacement

solutions, to fire retardant plastics and antimicrobials.

In addition, Biron provides major new material on bioplastics and wood plastic composites (WPCs), and fully updated data



Engineers involved in the design, manufacturing and use of thermoplastic and composite products; equipment


Sectors: automotive, aerospace, ship-building, industrial and military equipment, electrical engineering, offshore, sports and

leisure, medical devices, consumer goods and packaging.

Michel Biron

Chemist engineer: Institut National Superieur de Chimie Industrielle de Rouen and Polymer Specialist: International Finance Corporation. Author of numerous technical papers and plastics books, including two with Elsevier - Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites, and Thermosets and Composites.

Affiliations and Expertise

Plastics Consultant, Les Ulis, France

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Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites, 2nd Edition

1. Plastics compared to

conventional materials

2. The Plastics Industry: Economic


3. Basic Criteria for the Selection

of Thermoplastics

4. Detailed Accounts of

Thermoplastic Resins

5. Thermoplastic Processing

6. Thermoplastic Composites

7. Plastics solutions for practical

problems (Case Studies)

8. Future Prospects for

Thermoplastics and their


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