A thorough introduction to polymer science covering a wide range of technique for the fabrication of articles from thermoplastic and thermoset resins. Polymers and composites are widely used for a range of applications in engineering and technology. Selecting the correct material which is fit for purpose is a critical decision faced by engineers and scientists who do not necessarily have an in-depth knowledge of the chemistry or physics of polymers. This text book provides a practical insight into the factors which influence the performance of a polymer or composite allowing informed selections to be made. It is the result of thirty years of teaching polymer science and technology to engineers and scientists and provides a solid foundation from which more advanced study may be developed. The book complements introductory courses on polymers and composites, but also contains specialist material on the chemistry and physics of polymers appropriate for scientists seeking a general knowledge of polymer science. The production of articles from thermoplastics and thermoset resins is considered with respect to the vital issue of fabrication method and a broad appreciation polymers as adhesives, in medical applications and in the fabrication of semiconductor circuits. Also included are the important topics of adhesion, fatigue, viscoelasticity, basic composite design, theoretical description of polymer, polymer synthesis and characterization.
Richard A. Pethrick is Emeritus Burmah Professor of Physical Chemistry at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He has served on numerous Research Councils, the Department of Trade and Industry, the European Science Foundation and other committees. He is the author of a number of other books and has published numerous papers in journals.