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Unformatted text preview: 15% from 1960 to 1974, and 8% thereafter, from 1974 to 2000, and 2005. The overwhelming success of polymers is the result of their unique combination of properties. Typically, polymers have low weight, they are stable and tough, they don't rust, they are not toxic, their production is highly economic, they are easy to process, to shape and to dye, and - last not least - polymers can be easily adapted to most requirements and uses. Most importantly, the standard polymers are incredibly inexpensive compared to their performance. Polymers have therefore not only opened an access to many new products in our daily life as well as in technology. But they have been increasingly replacing traditional materials in many applications, not only because they are cheaper, but mostly because they are just better....
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2010 for the course MATSE 441 taught by Professor Chung,tze-chiang during the Fall '10 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
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