ThermoPlastics | Types of ThermoPlastics | Types of Cellulose Derivatives | Types of Synthetic Resins


These kinds of thermoplastics have long separate and large molecules arranged side by side. The thermoplastics polymers such as polyethylene (PE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polystyrene (PS) are examples of materials that are often used in the packaging industry. Acrylics, fluoropolymers, polyesters, polyimides, and nylons are some of the other types of thermoplastics available. There are numerous various shapes and sizes that can be created by melting down each of these classes. The various types of thermoplastics are discussed below.

Cellulose derivatives

Cellulose nitrate is generally obtained by treating the cellulose with a mixture of nitric acid and sulphuric acid. It has high toughness, good resistance to moisture and it is highly inflammable. It is mostly used for making spectacle frames, toilet wares, pen bodies, etc.

  • Cellulose acetate

01 - Thermoplastics - Cellulose Acetate

It is obtained by treating the cellulose with acetic acid. It is inserted and compressed in the mould for better stability and for obtaining high mechanical strength. It has the tendency to absorb moisture and is less in weight. It is used for manufacturing photographic films, buttons, radio panels, sheets, tubes, toys, etc.

  • Ethyl cellulose

01 - Thermoplastic - Ethyl Cellulose

It is the most lightest of all cellulose derivatives. It has very good electrical properties, chemical resistance, surface hardness and strength. Generally used for making jigs, fixtures, nozzles and moulded articles.

  • Cellulose acetate – butyrate

01 - Thermoplastic - Cellulose Acetate - Butyrate

It is obtained by treating cellulose with acetic acid and butoric acid. It has a good stability against light and heat and moisture absorption tendency. Cellulose acetate can also be used for injection moulding. It is used for making radio cabinets, pipes, steering wheels, handles and coating.

  • Cellophane

01 - Thermoplastic - Cellophane

It is generally available in extruded form. It has an attractive appearance and good resistance to moisture, solvents and fire. Generally used for making curtains and packaging materials.

  • Cellulose propionate

01 - Thermoplastic - Cellulose Propionate

It has low tendency for moisture absorption. Cellulose propionate can withstand temperatures upto 93°C and can be easily moulded. Used for making fountain pens, telephones and flashlight cases.

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Synthetic resins

The following are the synthetic resins.

  • Polyethylenes

01 - Thermoplastic - Polyethylenes

It has very high resistance to acids, alkalizes and the solvents can also be made flexible, tough and good insulators. It has low water absorption. It is used for making fabrics, trays, pipes and for corrosion resistant coatings and packaging works.

  • Polystyrenes

01 - Thermoplastic - Polystyrenes

it is available in any form and any has good dimensional stabilities and strain resistance. Polystyrenes are easily joined by cementing. It is used for making boxes, cases, radio parts, table ware and insulation parts.

  • Acrylic resins

01 - Thermoplastic - Acrylic Resins

It has a high transparency tendency. It is made in any color with high dielectric properties, good strength, and resistance to moisture and very good light transmitting power. This material can be casted, injection moulded, extruded and can be stretched into sheets. It is used for manufacturing tubes, plates, lamination, display cases, helmets and valves.

  • Vinyles

01 - Thermoplastic - Vinyles Pipes

It is generally called as PVC. They are flexible and rigid. It has good electrical and weather resistance. These are resistant to water and available in variety of colors.

  • Polytetra fluoroethylene

01 - Thermoplastic - Polytetra Fluoroethylene

It is named after Teflon. It has good chemical resistance and can withstand temperatures upto 288°C. it cannot be dissolved in any solvent. It has high electrical resistance, low friction and very low adhesion to other substances. It mostly available in the form of sheets, rods and tubes. It is used for making gaskets, electrical insulators, etc.

  • Nylon

01 - Thermoplastic - Nylon Wires

It is also known as polyamide. It has high strength, toughness and elasticity. It can be moulded and extruded into rods. The powder metallurgy methods can also be used for this type of plastics. It is a good insulator and has good wear resistance. Used for making Yarn for making clothes, insulation wires and combs.

  • Methyl methacrylate

01 - Thermoplastic - Methyl Methacrylate

Its trade name is Lucite and plexiglass. It is easily formed at temperatures around 120°C. it is known for its clear color and high light transmission ability. Used or manufacturing aircraft parts, bowls, contact lenses and various surgical instruments.