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Engineered Materials Handbook Desk Edition

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Michelle M. Gauthier
Michelle M. Gauthier
Raytheon Company
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Properties and Characteristics of Engineering Plastics and Elastomers



Engineering plastics offer unique product benefits based on physical properties, or combinations of physical properties, that allow vastly improved product performance. Providing an overview of the general characteristics and the mechanical and environmental stress response of engineering plastics, this article discusses various factors, including thermal, mechanical and electrical properties, environmental factors, and material cost that are important in the selection of engineering plastics for specific applications.


This article discusses the family characteristics, commercial forms, applications, resin grades, and mechanical and physical properties of traditional engineering thermoplastics in their neat (unmodified) form and as compounds and composites, namely, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrenes, acrylics, high-density polyethylenes, reinforced polypropylenes, high-impact polystyrenes, polyvinyl chloride, styrene-acrylonitriles, and styrene-maleic anhydrides.

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1995. "Properties and Characteristics of Engineering Plastics and Elastomers", Engineered Materials Handbook Desk Edition, Michelle M. Gauthier

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