With 588 images and associated analyses for avoidance of damage to plastics, this manual is aimed at both professionals and students. Many technical terms and colloquial descriptions, explanations, and interconnections with related areas, together with the images, facilitate the reader in determining and describing the exact type of damage of a given sample. The images, from microscopic quality and damage analysis of molding materials, semi-finished products, and molded parts, are divided into 74 subject areas of plastics processing and application, and are classified based on over 2620 industry-standard technical terms. The analyses were performed with various light microscopes and a scanning electron microscope.
Friedrich Kurr worked for over 35 years at the South German Plastic Processing Center (SKZ) and has extensive experience in both teaching and research and development, in particular in the area of damage analysis. He developed several training courses at the SKZ and has lectured extensively at other institutions, including at the University of Erlangen, the Technical Academy in Esslingen and Sarnen (Switzerland), and the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg.