Additives for Polyolefins

Getting the Most out of Polypropylene, Polyethylene and TPO

By

  • Michael Tolinski, Managing Editor, Plastics Engineering magazine (SPE)

This book focuses on the polyolefin additives that are currently important in the plastics industry, alongside new additives of increasing interest, such as nanofillers and environmentally sustainable materials. As much as possible, each chapter emphasizes the performance of the additives in the polymer, and the value each relevant additive brings to polypropylene or polyethylene. Where possible, similar additives are compared by capability and relative cost.

With major sections for each additive function, this book provides a highly practical guide for engineers and scientists creating and using polyolefin compounds, who will find in this book a wealth of detail and practical guidance. This unique resource will enable them to make practical decisions about the use of the various additives, fillers, and reinforcements specific to this family of materials.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Tolinski is a freelance writer and a lecturer at the University of Michigan's College of Engineering. He is a frequent contributor to Plastics Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering.

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Audience

Molders and extruders (business managers) who want to know how additives can be used to cut costs or expand markets. Compounders who need a quick-reference guide that covers additive types outside of their range of expertise. Material-selection engineers and designers who need a sense of what properties are offered among a sometimes confusing collection of additives, filler, and reinforcements. Sales personnel who need to know the basics behind the materials/products they sell. Laboratory characterization technologists who need to understand the components of the plastics they analyze. Compounding or other technicians who want to advance their careers by gaining a better understanding of what materials they're handling. Researchers and students that need an overview of polyolefin additives that stays within the context of the end-use of these plastics. Purchasing agents who need to understand key terms behind the materials they purchase.

 

Book information

  • Published: July 2009
  • Imprint: WILLIAM ANDREW
  • ISBN: 978-0-8155-2051-1


Table of Contents

SECTION I: OVERVIEW OF POLYOLEFINS AND ADDITIVES

1 Introduction

2 Trends in polyolefin & additive use

SECTION II: ENVIRONMENTAL RESISTANCE

3 Antioxidants and heat stabilization

4 Ultraviolet light protection & stabilization

5 Flame-retarding additives

6 Additives for modifying electrical properties

SECTION III: MECHANICAL PROPERTY ENHANCEMENT

7 Overview of fillers & fibers

8 Factors determining selection of fillers and fibers

SECTION IV: APPEARANCE ENHANCEMENT

9 Colorants

10 Nucleation and clarity

SECTION V: PROCESSING AIDS

11 Processing aids for molding

12 Processing aids for extrusion

SECTION VI: OTHER MODIFICATIONS OF FORM AND FUNCTION

13 Reducing density: Polyolefin foams

14 Coupling, compatibilizing, recycling, and biodegradability

15 Cross-linking

16 Sterilization & radiation resistance

17 Aesthetics enhancement and surface modification

SECTION VII: CONCLUSION: INCORPORATING ADDITIVES

18 Adding Additives to resin

References

Index