Film Properties of Plastics and Elastomers - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780128132920

Film Properties of Plastics and Elastomers

4th Edition

Authors: Laurence McKeen
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128132920
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 1st June 2017
Page Count: 548
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Plastics and Polymers
2. Introduction to the Mechanical, Thermal and Permeation Properties of Plastics and Elastomers
3. Production of films
4. Markets and Applications for films
5. Styrenic Plastics
6. Polyesters
7. Polyimides
8. Polyamides (Nylons)
9. Polyolefins
10. Polyvinyls and Acrylics
11. Fluoropolymers
12. High Temperature/High Performance Polymers
13. Elastomers and rubbers
14. Renewable Resource or biodegradable polymers

Permeation Unit Conversion Factors
Vapor Transmission rate Conversion factors


Film Properties of Plastics and Elastomers is the only data handbook available on the engineering properties of commercial polymeric films. It details many physical, mechanical, optical, electrical, and permeation properties within the context of specific test parameters, providing a ready reference for comparing materials in the same family as well as materials in different families.

Data is presented on the characteristics of major plastic and elastomer packaging materials. The resin chapters each contain textual summary information including category, general description, processing methods, applications, and other facts as appropriate, such as reliability, weatherability, and regulatory approval considerations for use in food and medical packaging.

The data for this fourth edition has been updated to cover the five years since the previous edition was published, and details a wider variety of plastics to reflect those which have been recently developed.

Key Features

  • An essential reference tool: part of the daily workflow of engineers and scientists involved in the plastics industry and product design with plastics
  • Details a broad range of film properties, to enable engineers and professionals in the packaging industry to compare and select materials
  • Provides a "life-of-product" approach, with coverage ranging from properties and key concepts, through to production and applications


Producers and users of film packaging products, i.e., packaging engineers and materials scientists. Also polymer and coatings chemists, coatings manufacturers and users, users of polymer membranes and films for other applications (such as solar panels, fuel cells)


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About the Authors

Laurence McKeen Author

Larry McKeen has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and worked for DuPont Fluoroproducts from 1978–2014. As a Senior Research Associate Chemist he was responsible for new product development including application technology and product optimization for particular end-uses, and product testing. He retired from DuPont at the end of 2014 and is currently a consultant.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Associate, DuPont, Wilmington, DE, USA