Preface [chapter]

Kaushik Kumar, J. Paulo Davim
2020 Polymers and Composites Manufacturing  
Preface The editors are pleased to present the book Polymers and Composites Manufacturing under the book series Advanced Composites. The chosen book title reflects the upcoming trends in manufacturing of polymers and composite materials for the next decade. This book is a compilation of different aspects of the same. One of the most outstanding features of plastics and composites is the ease with which they can be processed. In some cases, semifinished articles such as sheets or rods are
more » ... d and subsequently fabricated into a shape using conventional methods such as welding or machining. In the majority of cases, however, the finished article, which may be quite complex in shape, is produced in a single operation. There is a wide range of processing methods, which are currently being used for plastics and composites. In many cases, the choice of method is based on the shape of the component and whether it is thermoplastic, thermosetting, filler or fiber reinforcement and the cost incurred and most important of all the desired properties, as the properties of polymer and composites vary drastically with change in processing techniques. The aim of this book is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to review the recent advances in the area of polymer and composite manufacturing or processing and identify possible trends for further developments as well as to attract industrial partners interested in application development with a new dimension. The advancement can be visualized with 6M theory: 1M -Man, that is, advancement in automation, which would enhance the human-machine interaction. 2M -Method, that is, advancement in existing methods or development of a new method for ease in manufacturing, better quality, less cost and more productivity. 3M -Machine, that is, advancement in existing machines or development of a new machine for ease in manufacturing, better quality, less cost and more productivity. 4M -Mold, that is, advancement in existing molds and dies or development of a new mold and dies for ease in manufacturing, better quality, less cost and more productivity. 5M -Material, that is, advancement in existing materials or development of new materials for ease in manufacturing, better quality, less cost and more productivity. In this case, materials can be plastics, composites or materials for the mold and dies. 6M -Modeling, that is, advancement in existing software or development of new software for virtual simulation of the manufacturing process for ease in manufacturing, better quality, less cost and more productivity. At present, looking at the wide application an insight about Polymers and Composites Manufacturing is the key for major discipline, and many researchers and scholars are
doi:10.1515/9783110655049-202 fatcat:b2el7tgvhjhnfirn6skim6xx3u