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Film Properties of Plastics and Elastomers
This book is an extensive update and extension to the third edition of the same title. The second edition was published in 2004, the third was published in 2012. Since that time, a few new plastic materials have been introduced. There has been an expanded interest in green materials, those made from renewable resources and those that decompose relatively quickly in the environment. There has been a turnover in ownership of the plastic producing companies. There has been a lot of consolidation, which of course means discontinued products. This update contains about 20% new material. There are some sections that have changed little but there are sections with large changes.
It is organized from a polymer chemistry point of view. Plastics of mostly similar polymer types are grouped into 10 chapters. A brief explanation of the chemistry of the polymers used in the plastic films is discussed at the start of each plastic section.
The introductory material is in the first four chapters. The initial chapter covers polymer chemistry, plastics and films composition, and how it relates to film properties. The second chapter focuses on physical, mechanical, thermal, electrical, and permeation film properties. Many film properties are discussed including how the properties are measured and data are presented. The third chapter focuses on production of films including the important processes of orientation and lamination. The fourth chapter centers on the uses of barrier films.
Chapters 5 through 14 are a databank that serves as an evaluation of the performance of plastic films. Each of these chapters starts with a brief outline of the chemistry of the polymer in that section. There are hundreds of uniform graphs and tables for more than 70 generic families of plastics used to make films contained in these chapters.
The data in each chapter are generally organized with chemistry, a manufacturer and trade name list, an applications and end uses list followed by the data. The tabular data in the third edition have been verified in this edition. A new chapter on multilayered and structured films has been added An appendix includes a list of conversion factors for gas permeation and vapor transmission measures.
Numerous references are included. Only a limited amount of data from the earlier editions has been removed. Removed data primarily were for discontinued products, though in some cases these data are retained because they could not be replaced and they are useful. Product names and manufacturers have been updated.
You can read Chapter 1 –Introduction to Plastics and Polymers for a limited time on ScienceDirect.
- Provides an essential reference tool for the workflow of engineers and scientists involved in the plastics industry
- Details a broad range of film properties, enabling engineers and professionals to compare and select materials
- Provides a life-of-product approach, with coverage ranging from properties and key concepts, through to production and applications
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