This combination of the successful utilisation of the materials and the number of types of material available has led to the growth of an array of technical terms within the field. The Dictionary is intended as a reference tool for readers to negotiate these terms.
The main part of the Technical Dictionary of Plastics Materials presents a comprehensive set of extended definitions of technical terms relating to all facts of the materials aspect of plastics technology. The definitions cover the nature of plastics materials, their composition (including relevent non-polymeric componants and additives, such as stabilisers, fillers, colourants, etc), their properties (including methods of property determination, testing, and evaluation), their applications, and their handling and behaviour in processing. In many cases reference is given to the relevant technical standards from the International (ISO), British (BSI), and American (ASTM) standards.
In addition to the main part of the Dictionary containing the definitions there are two further sections. The first gives explanations of the abbreviated terms (letter symbols) used for the parent polymer and for the other constituents of plastics materials, while the second identifies the trade names of a number of plastics materials and their components.
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Abbreviated terms (letter symbols) for polymers and co-polymers. Section 2
Abbreviated terms (letter symbols) for polymer mixtures (blends and alloys). Section 3
Abbreviated terms (letter symbols) for plasticisers. Section 4
Abbreviated terms (letter symbols) for miscellaneous components of plastics. Section 5
Other abbreviations of relevance to plastics. Part 3. Trade Names. Section 1
Trade names of polymers and polymer compounds. Section 2
Trade names of plasticisers. Section 3
Trade names of miscellaneous components of plastics materials. References. Section 1
Technical terminology standards cited in Part 1. Section 2
Standards for abbreviated terms (letter symbols) cited in Part 2. Section 3
Other informative references.