The beginning of the plastic age has made plastic a remarkable achievement and is used in all sorts of applications. Still, the scope of synthetic plastic usage was severely slow down by the less than stellar characteristics of the material. Plastic was too soft and too quick to melt until the advent of polymer technology, which gives rise to the engineering plastic.
What is Engineering Plastic
Engineering Plastic has no precise definition, but according to analysis, engineering plastics are those who possess physical properties that enable them to perform for prolonged use in structural applications, over a wide range of temperatures, under mechanical stress, and in challenging chemical and physical environments. Some analysis shows that the long-term applicability at temperatures over 90°C up to at least 150°C is considered an important criterion. As such high-temperature resistant plastics are being regarded or called engineering plastics.
Engineering Plastic production
Engineering Plastic is produced in large industries with chemical certitude, enhanced with practical features; engineering plastics are manufactured to defeat corrosion as imposed by the elements, but they also resist the corrosive effects of far more caustic environments, environments that would rapidly destroy or corrode lesser materials. The same rule applies to temperature, with specialized plastic grades providing resistance in extreme environmental conditions and temperatures. Engineering Plastic may share some properties with metal, but they are fundamentally at a subatomic level. Engineered polymers created in labs are made of incredible properties that far outweigh similar properties in metal.
Difference between engineering plastic and commodity plastic
Engineering plastics are thermoplastics; they offer much better mechanical properties, dimensional stability, chemical resistance, durability, and much better wear and tear resistance characteristics than commodity plastics. Many engineering plastics are specifically designed to have a unique combination of properties according to the specific applications.