This introductory course in plastics materials first evaluates how commercial plastics were developed, characterized and compared throughout the relevant industry. Various ASTM testing protocols are reviewed followed by an initial study of commodity plastic materials, including polyethylene, poly (vinyl chloride), polystyrene, diene rubbers and other selected and relatively high-volume resins. Applicable commercial polymerization methods are introduced along with comparative structure/property relationships. Initial comparisons are drawn as between commodity thermoplastic resins and thermoset compositions. Comparative end-use applications are continuously discussed along with a consideration of selected environmental issues (recyclability).
Pre-Reqs: CHEM 1210 Chemistry I.