Structural Plastics: Properties and Problems

ASCE Task Committee on Properties of Selected Structural Plastics and Systems

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 373-380

Document Type: Journal Paper


Several fundamental obstacles must be removed before plastics are widely accepted as primary structural materials. Changes should be made in design procedures and in the ways of describing properties data, and test methods should be developed to provide data pertinent to structural applications. Factors affecting material performance arising from shape and size, orientation of reinforcement, fatigue, environmental deterioration, and flammability, currently present problems to the design engineer. Properties data are now available from technical societies, manufacturers, and reference books on practice and design. The goals of the Task Committee are to indicate properties requirements for design; to point out major associated problem areas; and to encourage further development of tests and standards for describing properties.

Subject Headings: Plasticity | Structural behavior | Plastics | Construction materials | Field tests | Fatigue (material) | Environmental issues | Deterioration

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