Plastics possess properties that have revolutionized the manufacture of products in the 20th century and beyond. It remains critical to understand their behavior throughout their life cycle, from manufacture to use and eventually to reclamation and disposal. This volume highlights the most prominent tools in physical and chemical analysis techniques and applications. A practical reference for performing measurements, solving problems, and investigating behavioral phenomena, the editors advocate a phenomenological approach, relying on case studies and illustrations to represent possible outcomes of each technique and presenting the basic governing equations where necessary.

Preface, Contributors, 1. General Introduction to Plastics Analysis, 2. Capillary Rhemotry, 3. Practical Uses of Differential Scanning Calorimetry for Plastics, 4. Thermogravimetric Analysis of Polymers, 5. Thermal Conductivity and Diffusivity of Polymers, 6. Thermomechanical and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis, 7. Infrared and Raman Analysis of Polymers, 8. Plastics Analysis by Gas Chromatography, 9. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of Polymeric Materials, 10. Inorganic Analyses of Polymers, 11. Liquid Chromatography of Polymers, 12. Particle Size Measurement of Plastics and Polymers Using Laser Light Scattering, Appendix, Index