Hollow Glass Microspheres for Plastics, Elastomers, and Adhesives Compounds book cover

Hollow Glass Microspheres for Plastics, Elastomers, and Adhesives Compounds

Glass Bubble technology has taken strong leaps in achieving high "strength to density ratio" which now enables their use in demanding polymer processing operations for various plastic and rubber parts and applications. Also, because light weighting and structural strengthening can be achieved with Glass Bubbles, this technology is of eminent importance for improving sustainability. For those reasons Glass Bubble technology is quickly penetrating various end-use applications in a wide range of industries such as Automotive, Aerospace, Building and Construction, Electronics, Medical, Consumer Goods, and the off-shore Oil industry.

The sparse literature which exists about Glass Bubbles is in the form of papers and short chapters and covers rather theoretical aspects. Glass Bubbles for Plastics, Elastomers, and Adhesives for the first time gathers in one book all practical and theoretical aspects of Glass Bubble manufacturing, properties, processing, applications as well as regulatory, environmental, and health and safety aspects.

The book enables the reader to evaluate the applicability of Glass Bubbles to various applications involving polymers in thermoplastics, elastomers, liquid thermosets and adhesives. It is therefore an indispensible guide for material selection and improving sustainability of products. Related data sets and case studies complement the book - making it a reference book for plastics processors, product designers and engineers working with plastics and elastomers who want to improve functionality and performance make their products lighter, longer lasting and stronger, reduce amounts of material used and decrease costs.


Engineers, Processors, Compounders, and R&D Scientists dealing with processing of plastics, elastomers and composites;

Engineers, Product Designers, and R&D Scientists dealing with material selection and end-use applications of plastics and elastomers;

Users of plastics and elastomers with Glass Bubble fillers in a wide range of industries including Automotive, Aerospace, Tires, Building and Construction, Electronics, Telecommunication (radomes e.g.), Medical, Sports and Leisure, Consumer Goods, Furniture, Footwear, Seals, Oil & Gas (buoyant articles), Insulation Goods;

Students of polymer engineering, mechanical engineering, material science, automotive engineering, aerospace engineering;

End users of products made of plastics and elastomers with Glass Bubble fillers

Hardbound, 220 Pages

Published: March 2015

Imprint: William Andrew

ISBN: 978-1-4557-7443-2


  • 1) History of glass bubbles

    2) Glass Bubble manufacturing

    3) Glass Bubble Characterization

    4) Glass Bubbles in Thermoplastics

    5) Glass Bubbles in Rubbers and Thermoplastic Elastomers

    6) Glass Bubbles in Liquid Thermosets

    7) Glass Bubbles in Adhesive Compounds

    8) Regulatory and Sustainability


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