Starting Materials

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This chapter introduces the origin of the “starting materials” that are used in processing of metals, ceramics and polymers. The main types of starting materials are described along with examples of their formation from natural, raw materials sources. Metal starting materials, derived from mineral ores using extractive metallurgy processes, are either bulk pieces, such as slabs or sheets, or powders, while ceramic starting materials are either powders or glass batches. Polymer starting materials, which are synthesized mainly from oil-based resources, are classified as thermoplastics or thermosets, depending on their thermal behavior. In this chapter, the characteristics of starting materials are discussed, along with the types of additives that are used in their formulation for subsequent processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Processing
Subtitle of host publicationA Unified Approach to Processing of Metals, Ceramics and Polymers
Number of pages83
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851321
ISBN (Print)9780123851338
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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  • Ceramic powders
  • Ceramic synthesis
  • Characterization
  • Extractive metallurgy
  • Glass processing
  • Metal powder
  • Polyethylene
  • Polymer synthesis
  • Steelaluminum


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