Thermosetting plastics are a category whose high performance, durability, and reliability at high temperatures suit them for specialty applications ranging from automotive and aerospace to electronic packaging and consumer products. Recent developments in technology and processes has broadened their use exponentially, and developments continue: in November 2011, French scientists created a strong, stable, and lightweight thermoset that can be easily reworked when heated—making it unique amongst thermosets—and that can be repaired and recycled. The Handbook of Thermoset Plastics, now in its 3rd edition, is a comprehensive survey of the chemical processes, manufacturing techniques, and design properties of each polymer and their applications. Written by experienced practitioners, the practical implications of thermoset plastics are presented. Data and descriptions presented enable engineers, scientists, and technicians to take action based on informed analysis. The new edition has been updated to reflect current practice in manufacturing and processing, featuring: Case Studies to demonstrate how particular properties make different polymers suitable for different applications, as well as covering end-use and safety considerations. A new chapter on using nanoparticles to enhance thermal and mechanical properties. A new chapter describing new materials based on renewable resources (such as soy-based thermoset plastics).A new chapter covering recent developments and potential future technologies such as new catalysts for Controlled Radical Polymerization. A comprehensive reference guide to the chemistry, manufacturing, and applications of thermosets. Recent developments in manufacturing—from biopolymers to nanocomposites. Applications of key thermoset plastics illustrated by case studies.