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Chapter 4 – Processing of Plastics and Rubber

Difference between rubber and plastics; Plastics; Types of plastics

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Plastics and rubber materials are both made from the same families of polymers. The polymers are mixed with a complex blend of materials known as additives.

Rubbers are elastomers, these are polymers with an elastic property. This elasticity differentiates rubbers from plastics. Elastic means that the material can be stretched and, when released, returns to within at least 90% of its original dimensions and shape within a period of time, at room temperature.

Difference Between Rubber and Plastics

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