Thermoplastics: New Opportunities for Mechanics

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Vijay K. Stokes

General Electric Company, Corporate Research and Development, Schenectady NY 12301

Appl. Mech. Rev 39(11), 1697-1703 (Nov 01, 1986) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3149512 History: Online June 12, 2009


The use of thermoplastic polymeric materials in structural applications is increasing. A good example is the all-plastic thermoplastic automotive bumper, made of unfilled nonreinforced thermoplastic resin, which is capable of withstanding an 8 kmph (5 mph) impact. The structural applications of such materials are expected to grow dramatically. These materials behave very differently from metals, and their use in load-bearing applications raises interesting mechanics issues that need to be addressed. This paper discusses some opportunities for new research directions in mechanics, which would impact the use of plastics in load-bearing applications.

Copyright © 1986 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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