Thermoforming of Single and Multilayer Laminates
Plastic Films Technologies, Testing, and Applications
For environmental and economic reasons, laminates are becoming increasingly important as a replacement for solid sheets and paint finishes in many industries, including transportation, packaging, and construction. Yet the processes of film formability during the extensive deformation and elevated temperatures experienced in conventional processing technologies, such as thermoforming, are poorly understood by most engineers.
This book covers production processes, such as extrusion, calendaring, and casting, as well as mechanical and impact testing methods. It also describes how testing protocols developed for metals can be leveraged for plastic films and laminates, and includes a thorough discussion on methods for performing optical strain analysis.
Applications in transportation vehicles and packaging, including packaging for food, medical and electronics applications, sports equipment, and household appliances, are discussed. Safety, recycling and environmental aspects of thermoforming and its products complete the book.
AudienceEngineers working with plastics films or products using plastic films (OEM level to the actual part manufacturer of thermoforming) in industries such as Automotive/ transportation manufacturing, Packaging, Plastics Industry, Paint Industry; Personnel involved in testing and QA of products using plastics films, and managers; Academic Institutions
- Published: November 2013
- Imprint: WILLIAM ANDREW
- ISBN: 978-1-4557-3172-5
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Thermoforming
2. The Thermoforming Process
3. Review of Characteristics of Common Plastics for Thermoforming
5. New Developments
6. Mechanics of Materials
8. Application of Laminate Characteristics to Commercial Thermoforming
9. Safety, recycling and environmental issues of thermoforming and its products
10. Other Processing Approaches
11. Modeling of Thermoforming: A Literature Review