Properties of Polymers

Their Correlation with Chemical Structure; Their Numerical Estimation and Prediction from Additive Group Contributions


  • D.W. van Krevelen, Professor-Emeritus, University of Delft, The Netherlands and Former President of AKZO Research and Engineering, NV, Arnhem, The Netherlands

As a source of data and for estimations of properties to be expected this book is now widely used all over the world. This Third Edition is thoroughly revised and updated. Its objectives, as for the previous two editions, are to correlate properties with chemical structure and to describe methods that permit the estimation and prediction of numerical properties from chemical structure, i.e. nearly all properties of the solid, liquid and dissolved states of polymers.New are chapters and sub-chapters discussing extended chain polymers, liquid crystal polymers and high performance polymers, De Gennes' scaling concept of polymer solutions, physical ageing, acoustic properties, the dual-mode permeation theory, the decomposition temperature and polymer reinforcing constructions. The chapters and sub-chapters on molecular mass distribution, glass and crystalline-melt temperatures, equations of state and on failure mechanisms have been greatly extended.
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Since this book is without peer, it will prove of great practical value to chemical engineers and polymer technologists in the laboratory, in engineering departments and in development teams. Scientists active in the polymer field will find it an authoritative and comprehensive source of information.


Book information

  • Published: January 2003
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-82877-4


This is the outstanding handbook on the subject of polymer properties.
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...should be on the desk of every research manager concerned with polymer properties. It is an essential purchase for libraries who serve the wide community of scientists and engineers concerned with polymers. ...a superb book worth every penny of the price.
Chemistry and Industry
...should have a prominent position in the library of any organisation concerned with polymer properties. It is a superb book which is difficult to fault.
Polymer International students and I have found the second edition to be invaluable, but we are glad to replace it with this new and expanded version.
Donald R. Paul, The University of Texas at Austin, Journal of the American Chemical Society
...the third edition is a valuable update of an already indispensable reference source. The expanded coverage is well worth the investment.
Computational Polymer Science


Part I. General Introduction: A bird's-eye view of polymer science and engineering. Polymer properties. Typology of polymers. Typology of properties. Part II. Thermophysical properties of polymers. Volumetric properties. Calorimetric properties. Transition temperatures. Cohesive properties and solubility. Interfacial energy properties. Limiting viscosity number (intrinsic viscosity) and related properties of very dilute solutions. Part III. Properties of polymers in fields of force. Optical properties. Electrical properties. Magnetic properties. Mechanical properties of solid polymers. Acoustic properties. Part IV. Transport properties of polymers. Rheological properties of polymer melts. Rheological properties of polymer solutions. Transport of thermal energy. Properties determining mass transfer in polymeric systems. Crystallization and recrystallization. Part V. Properties determining the chemical stability and breakdown of polymers. Thermochemical properties. Thermal decomposition. Chemical degradation. Part VI. Polymer properties as an integral concept. Intrinsic properties in retrospect. Processing properties. Product properties (I): mechanical behaviour and failure. Product properties (II): environmental behaviour and failure. An illustrative example of end use properties: article properties of textile products. Part VII. Comprehensive tables. International system of units (SI). Survey of conversion factors. Values of some fundamental constants. Physical constants of the most important solvents. Physical properties of the most important polymers. Published data on "high performance" polymers. Code symbols for the most important polymers. Trade names and generic names. Survey of group contributions in additive molar quantities. Symbol Index. Author Index. Subject Index.