Engineering Thermoplastics Guide

The comprehensive guide to thermoplastic materials in engineering.

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Thermoplastics are the most diverse and widely employed group of plastic materials used in a variety of applications, from consumer goods to the most advanced and challenging engineering applications. Different from thermosets, thermoplastics can be reversibly melted and solidified, making them easier to process and recycle.

This guide aims to offer a comprehensive perspective on thermoplastic materials. It will cover the different types and properties of thermoplastics, including engineering and advanced plastics used in demanding applications across various industries.

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The Guide Overview

The properties, classification, and applications of thermoplastics are thoroughly discussed in Chapter 1. In Chapter 2, you will also learn about the most widely used processing techniques of thermoplastic materials, from conventional manufacturing to 3D printing. Chapter 3 is focused on performance enhancement strategies of thermoplastics, such as reinforcements and additives for different functional properties.

Some of the latest cutting-edge developments in thermoplastics materials science, from advanced formulations to smart materials, are discussed in Chapter 4. A focus on thermoplastic composites is offered in Chapter 5, with a discussion of their general properties and classification, processing methods and engineering applications. 

Finally, Chapter 6 is dedicated to the sustainability and environmental impact of thermoplastics, focusing on the importance of Life Cycle Assessment and the implementation of sustainable design principles along the entire value chain. This guide is accompanied by a discussion of relevant case studies from Mitsubishi Chemical Group’s portfolio, offering real-world examples of the countless applications, open challenges, and future outlooks for thermoplastic materials.

The guide is valuable for any engineer or designer working with thermoplastics. It includes multiple informative diagrams and technical graphics to comprehensively understand these materials' impact and future. 

This report was written by Laura Tripaldi, with contributions and editing by Wevolver staff and Mitsubishi Chemical Group engineers.