The main differences between Thermoplastics and Thermosetting plastics are Thermoplastic are linear polymers and Thermosetting plastics are cross-linked polymers.
Before moving to further detailed explanation lets have some overview of Thermoplastic and Thermosetting Plastics.
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Thermoplastics are the linear polymers, which become soft on heating and become hard on cooling. The molecules of these polymers are synthesized in the shape of long threads and undergo no chemical change in the molding operation.
Some common thermoplastics are polyethylene, PVC, polystyrene, nylon, and acetate.
Thermosetting Plastics are cross-linked polymers, which become soft only on first heating with pressure and get hard permanently on cooling due to chemical changes by condensation and polymerization, and becomes unaffected by the heat or solvents.
Examples and applications of Thermosetting plastics materials:
Epoxy resins - used as coating materials, caulks, manufacture of insulating materials, etc ...
Phenolic resins - tool handles, billiard balls, sprockets, insulation, etc ...
Unsaturated polyester resins - manufacture of plastics reinforced fiberglass commonly known as polyester, fillers, etc.
Difference Between Thermoplastics and Thermosetting Plastics:
|Sl No||Thermoplastics||Thermosetting plastics|
|1.||Thermoplastics are linear polymers.||Thermosetting Plastics are cross-linked polymers|
|2.||They undergo no chemical change in the molding operation.||They undergo chemical change in the molding operation.|
|3.||They can be softened again and again.||They cannot be re-softened once they hard.|
|4.||These plastics can be reused.||These plastics cannot be reused.|
|5.||These are soft and flexible.||These are hard and brittle.|
|6.||They are affected by certain solvents.||They are unaffected by any solvent.|
|7.||Thermoplastics are not fireproof.||Thermosetting Plastics are fireproof.|
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What is Thermoplastic?
What is Thermosetting Plastics?
What are examples of Thermoplastic and Thermosetting plastics?
Epoxy resins are an example of Thermosetting Plastics.