• Dynamic properties: rheology, mechanical properties, electroactive

  • Methods: force field simulations, coarse-grained simulations

  • Continuing reduction of environmental threats

    • Elimination of toxic components

    • Replacement of plastics by natural materials

    • Recycling

  • Continuing search for viable recycling strategies

    • Collection problems: separation, contamination

    • Blending: properties of mixtures

    • Processing: to return to monomer or other feedstock type

    • Other means of disposal: incineration, landfill

  • Enhanced process control through computer and sensor applications

    • Molding

    • Extrusion

    • Film blowing

    • Coating

  • Continuing substitution of polymers for metals and other materials

    • Aircraft, space vehicles

    • Automobiles

    • Clothing

    • Machined parts

    • Construction

    • Electronics

    • Marine structures and vehicles

  • Growing use of polymeric materials for wide variety of military items

    • Bullet-proof clothing

    • Uniforms

    • Aircraft weight reduction

  • Growing understanding of structure-property relationships

    • Finite-element analysis

    • Flow modeling, rheology

    • Simulation of structures of composites, blends, crystalline polymers



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