What research does the plastic industry really need? That is the focus of a one-of-a-kind survey being conducted internationally by the Plastics Institute of America (PIA). Survey results should help the plastics industry satisfy any near-term needs to commercialize new concepts by matching industry requirements with appropriate researchers and research facilities. The study follows the publication of a major research project undertaken jointly by PIA and the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI). Its sponsors call it the most comprehensive directory of plastics education and training programs across the U.S. and Canada. Interested parties can obtain a copy of the new survey by downloading it from the institute's web site (www.eng.uml.edu.Dept/PIA), faxing (978) 459-9420.
With a better understanding of materials’ response to load and temperature, researchers could potentially use the knowledge to improve design. The research could even help geologists studying plate tectonics.
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