Structural Plastics Design Manual

Task Committee on Design of the Structural Plastics Research Council of the Technical Council on Research of ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-391-0 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-391-2 (ISBN-10), 1984, Soft Cover, Pg. 1192, 1176
21 x 27 cm, 2 vol.

Manual of Practice No.: 63

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Manual of Practice


The structural behavior of plastics reflects a number of characteristics different from those of the metal, lumber, and concrete materials familiar to most design engineers. This manual provides practical assistance and guidelines to structural engineers engaged in the design of plastics and reinforced plastics structural components. The structural behavior of plastics is characterized in general. The significant types of structural plastics in current use are listed and described. Practical design criteria are synthesized and proposed for use in the design of structural plastics. Design approaches that lead to the most efficient use of plastics for structural applications are described and illustrated by design examples. A brief review of fundamental concepts of structural behavior is presented. Quantitative methods are provided for analysis and design of plates, beams, and axial stressed members, sandwich components and this rings and shells that are fabricated from plastic materials with either isotropic or synthotropic elastic properties. Finally, general information is provided about fire resistance of structural plastics and the tests and standards used for evaluating this aspect of their behavior.

Subject Headings: Plastic design | Structural behavior | Synthetic materials | Plastics | Material properties | Structural design | Fire resistance


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