ABOUT THIS LESSON: Material Science, Thermoplastics

Lesson 23 of 33. Several common thermoplastic materials are described. These include polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, ABS, polystyrene and acrylic.

Knowledge Check:
What is the difference between high density polyethylene (HDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE)?
What is added to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to make it flexible?
What polymer is used in light-weight, fast-food containers?
What polymer is used to replace glass in many applications?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Theodore Miner has a B.S. degree in Physics and a degree in Electronics. He has worked for many years in the area of Industrial Control systems. His work involves evaluating materials and components used in electronic systems and performing failure analysis on control systems. His hobbies include tinkering with microcontroller home projects and ham radio.