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Series titleCanadian Building Digest; no. 154
Physical description5 p.
Subjectpolymeric materials; properties of materials; organic materials; Plastics
AbstractPlastics are man-made materials based on organic polymers. Plastic articles and structures are made from raw materials called plastic compounds, mixtures containing one or more polymers and various ingredients such as lubricants, stabilizers, fillers, colorants, etc. These are incorporated to improve processing or to change the physical, chemical or electrical properties of the end products. According to the way they react to heat, plastic materials may be classified as thermo-plastics and thermosetting plastics. Articles and structures made from thermoplastic compounds can be repeatedly softened by heat and hardened by cooling, and are based on linear or branched polymers. Thermosetting plastic compounds are based on polymers that undergo a chemical reaction during fabrication to form a cross-linked or tridimensional structure that results in a relatively infusible, intractable and insoluble material. Thermosetting materials cannot be reshaped.
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PublisherDivision of Building Research. National Research Council Canada
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAussi disponible en français : Les matières plastiques
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number598
NPARC number20331020
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Record identifier8d81a5a2-5e60-4933-a6ab-19a180fc96f9
Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2016-05-09
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