Polymer Foams Handbook

Engineering and Biomechanics Applications and Design Guide


  • Nigel Mills, Department of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, UK

This handbook explores the applications of polymer foams, and the properties that make them suitable for so many applications, in the detail required by postgraduate students, researchers and the many industrial engineers and designers who work with polymer foam in industry. It covers the mechanical properties of foams and foam microstructure, processing of foams, mechanical testing and analysis (using Finite element analysis). In addition, it uniquely offers a broader perspective on the actual engineering of foams and foam based (or foam including) products by including nine detailed case studies which firmly plant the theory of the book in a real world context, making it ideal for both polymer engineers and chemists and mechanical engineers and product designers.
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Advanced students/researchers in polymer engineering, MS&E, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering schools; Professional engineers in the plastics applications industries, petro-chemical industry, materials processing and design engineers working with polymer foam products and packaging


Book information

  • Published: February 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8069-1

Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Basics of the mechanics of polymers3. PU foam processing and microstructure4. Bead foam processing and microstructure5. Mechanical testing of polymeric foams6. FEA modelling7. Micromechanics of Open-cell foams8. Air flow in open cell foams9. Case study: Seating design10. Case study: Sports and impact mats11. Micromechanics of closed cell foams12. Case study: Transit packaging13. Case study: Running shoe foams14. Case study: Cycle helmets15. Indentation, crack and fracture toughness16. Case study: Motorcycle helmets17. Case study: Hip protectors18. Case study: Thermal sandwich panels19. Creep and creep mechanisms20. Effects of water on polymer mechanics and performance21. Case study: Rugby and Soccer protection