Industrial Plastics: Theory and Applications, 5th Edition

  • Erik Lokensgard Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
  • ISBN-10: 1428360700  |  ISBN-13: 9781428360709
  • 560 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2004, 1997, 1989
  • © 2010 | Published
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Now in its 5th edition, Industrial Plastics: Theory and Applications is back, with the extensive, detailed graphics and practical lab exercises that made previous editions so popular. In this latest edition, these trademark features accompany updated coverage of the plastics industry, offering the very latest information on state-of-the art equipment, with a special emphasis on processing techniques. Coverage includes plastics recycling, ISO and ASTM testing specifications, current health and safety standards, as well as examinations of current environmental issues like recycling, pollution, and incineration. With such broad coverage alongside hands-on activities to provide a clear link between theory and practice, Industrial Plastics continues to be an invaluable resource for students and professionals alike.

Features and Benefits

  • Laboratory activities appropriate for a wide range of processing equipment provide the opportunity for a practical application of the content
  • Related websites provided, offering additional reference materials and encouraging readers to stay current
  • Extensive, detailed photographs feature the latest state-of-the art equipment as it is being used in the industry today, offering support for visual learners.

Table of Contents

1. Historical Introduction to Plastics.
2. Current Status of the Plastics Industry.
3. Elementary Polymer Chemistry.
4. Health and Safety.
5. Elementary Statistics.
6. Properties and Tests of Selected Plastics.
7. Ingredients of Plastics.
8. Characterization and Selection of Commerical Plastics.
9. Machining and Finishing.
10. Molding Processes.
11. Extrusion Processes.
12. Laminating Processes and Materials.
13. Reinforcing Processes and Materials.
14. Casting Processes and Materials.
15. Thermoforming.
16. Expansion Processes.
17. Coating Processes.
18. Fabrication Processes and Materials.
19. Decorating Processes.
20. Radiation Processes.
21. Design Considerations.
22. Tooling and Moldmaking.
23. Commercial Considerations.


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Instructor Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1428360719 | ISBN-13: 9781428360716)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Erik Lokensgard

Erik Lokensgard, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Engineering Technology at Eastern Michigan University, in Ypsilanti, Michigan.