Thermoplastic

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A thermoplastic is a material which becomes soft when heated and hard when cooled. Thermoplastic materials can be cooled and heated several times. They can be recycled. When thermoplastics are heated, they melt to a liquid. They also freeze to a glassy state when cooled enough.

Thermoplastics and thermoplastic materials have many features. Some products made from thermoplastic materials are used for electronics applications. This way they protect against electrostatic discharge and radio frequency interference. Thermoplastics are one of the main two types of plastics.Thermoplastic can be moulded into any shape. Most thermoplastics have a high molecular weight. The polymolecules chains associate through intermolecular forces, which permits thermoplastics to be remolded because the intermolecular interactions increase upon cooling and restore the bulk properties. In this way, thermoplastics differ from thermosetting polymers, which form irreversible chemical bonds during the curing process. Thermosets often do not melt, but break down and do not reform upon cooling.

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