STP736

    The Need for More Descriptive and Meaningful Physical Data on Plastic Materials

    Published: Jan 1981


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    Abstract

    During the past few years, plastics have become the major structural materials for most of the new small electrical appliance products. Thus, when the decision is made to develop a new product, a plastics material screening process will be followed, where a list of material performance requirements (processing included) will be generated, based on the expected product performance, and then matched with currently available commercial grades of plastics.

    Unfortunately the plastic material physical data furnished by the supplier are not adequate. They are either too general, use wrong sample preparation method, or do not give a meaningful description of the plastic material properties from processing to end-product performance. The new General Electric plastic iron and drip coffeemaker products are two typical examples which are used to illustrate that there is a definite need for making available to the end user more descriptive and meaningful physical performance data.

    Keywords:

    plastic materials, physical properties, design and performance requirements, small electrical appliance, coffeemaker, plastic iron


    Author Information:

    Pang, FS
    Project manager and manager-resident engineering, General Electric Company, Bridgeport, Conn.

    Isaacs, JL
    Project manager and manager-resident engineering, General Electric Company, Bridgeport, Conn.


    Paper ID: STP27671S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D20.10

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27671S


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