Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch


  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_9936

\re-zәn\ n [ME, fr. MF resine, fr. L resina; akin to Gk rhētinē pine resin] (14c) The term resin is defined by ASTM D 883 as a solid or pseudosolid material, often of high molecular weight, that exhibits a tendency to flow when subjected to stress, usually has a softening or melting range, and usually fractures conchoidally. A note appended to this definition explains that in a broad sense, the term is used to designate any polymer that is a basic material for plastics. However, common uses of the term in the plastics industry do not always conform to this definition. The term is also used for uncured fluid thermosetting materials, some chemically modified natural resins, and often synonymously with the terms plastic and polymer((2001) Paint: pigment, drying oils, polymers, resins, naval stores, cellulosics esters, and ink vehicles, vol 3. American Society for Testing and Material, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania; Flick EW (1991) Industrial synthetic resins handbook. Williams...

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA