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Introduction to Plastics Engineering
Vijay K. Stokes
Vijay K. Stokes
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The bulk of the material discussed thus far in this book has been concerned with the structure and properties of, and component design and fabrication with, thermoplastics – materials that soften and melt on heating and can be reshaped by heating and cooling operations. In contrast, in thermosets the coiled, entangled chains are physically pinned together by irreversible, cross-linking chemical reactions to form relatively rigid parts that do not soften on heating. As a result, once formed, a part can only be reshaped by machining processes.

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