Register to reply

Plastics and glass - materials question

by dcbloemer
Tags: glass, materials, plastics
Share this thread:
dcbloemer
#1
May31-10, 06:48 PM
P: 2
Hello folks! I have a few questions regarding plastics. I am pretty new to material science, so please bear with me...

I am actually looking for a material with a set of specific properties that my design requires: good impact resistance, moderate to high thermal resistance / high melting point / low thermal creep, high hardness, good machinability / easily moldable, good transparency / translucency, and it must be nontoxic. Glass would be ideal for most of these points, however, a plastic would presumably be cheaper to manufacture in large runs. I am aware of glass-filled polycarbonates and polystyrenes, but do not know much about them.

Could anyone knowledgeable in materials engineering provide some suggestions for materials that I may want to look into? I know I can use matweb to look up specific material properties, but seeing as there are over 80 pages of polycarbonates alone, I thought it would be nice if someone could give me some specific suggestions to cut down on my search time.

Thanks in advance! I appreciate your help!
Phys.Org News Partner Engineering news on Phys.org
Tiny UAVs and hummingbirds are put to test
Britain to trial driverless cars from 2015
NIST corrosion lab tests suggest need for underground gas tank retrofits

Register to reply

Related Discussions
Transparency of water, glass and plastic materials General Physics 10
Need a paper published in Glass Technology-European J of Glass Science and Tec 2009 Materials & Chemical Engineering 0
Hagfish slime as an option to plastics and other materials? Chemistry 5