Film Properties of Plastics and Elastomers

Film Properties of Plastics and Elastomers

3rd Edition - April 25, 2012

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  • Author: Laurence W. McKeen
  • eBook ISBN: 9781455728015

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Now in its 3e, Film Properties of Plastics and Elastomers, has been extensively revised. This 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 47 major plastic and elastomer packaging materials. New to this edition, 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. Extensive references are provided.

Key Features

  • Essential data and practical guidance for engineers and scientists working with polymer films
  • 3e expanded by nearly 50% to include new data sections and additional explanatory chapters to help readers utilize the data and work successfully with plastic films
  • Written for engineers working across the key market sectors for polymer film applications: semiconductor, chemicals, food, beverage and pharmaceutical packaging, energy, medical devices, etc.


Engineers, chemists, manufacturers, suppliers, designers and other technical professionals who want a comprehensive reference guide to film properties of plastics and elastomers

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Introduction to Plastics and Polymers

    1.1 Polymerization

    1.2 Copolymers

    1.3 Linear, Branched and Crosslinked Polymers

    1.4 Polarity

    1.5 Unsaturation

    1.6 Steric Hindrance

    1.7 Isomers

    1.8 Inter and Intra Molecular Attractions in Polymers

    1.9 General Classifications

    1.10 Plastic Compositions

    1.11 Summary


    Chapter 2. Introduction to the Properties of Plastic and Elastomer Films

    2.1 Physical Property Testing of Plastic Films

    2.2 Mechanical Testing of Plastic Films

    2.3 Thermal Property Testing of Plastic Films

    2.4 Electrical Properties of Films

    2.5 Permeation of Films


    Chapter 3. Production of Films

    3.1 Extrusion

    3.2 Blown Film

    3.3 Calendering

    3.4 Casting Film Lines

    3.5 Post Film Formation Processing

    3.6 Web Coating

    3.7 Lamination

    3.8 Orientation

    3.9 Skiving8

    3.10 Coatings

    3.11 Summary


    Chapter 4. Uses of Barrier Films

    4.1 Barrier Films in Packaging

    Chapter 5. Styrenic Plastics

    5.1 Acrylonitrile–Butadiene–Styrene Copolymer

    5.2 Acrylonitrile–Styrene–Acrylate

    5.3 Polystyrene

    5.4 Styrene–Acrylonitrile Copolymer


    6. Polyesters

    6.1 Liquid Crystalline Polymers

    6.2 Polybutylene Terephthalate

    6.3 Polycarbonate

    6.4 Polycyclohexylene-dimethylene Terephthalate

    6.5 Polyethylene Naphthalate

    6.6 Polyethylene Terephthalate


    7. Polyimides

    7.1 Polyamide–Imide

    7.2 Polyetherimide

    7.3 Polyimide


    8. Polyamides (Nylons)

    8.1 Polyamide 6 (Nylon 6)

    8.2 Polyamide 12 (Nylon 12)

    8.3 Polyamide 66 (Nylon 66)

    8.4 Polyamide 66/610 (Nylon 66/610)

    8.5 Polyamide 6/12 (Nylon 6/12)

    8.6 Polyamide 666 (Nylon 666 or 6/66)

    8.7 Polyamide 6/69 (Nylon 6/69)

    8.8 Nylon 1010

    8.9 Specialty Polyamides


    9. Polyolefins

    9.1 Polyethylene

    9.2 Polypropylene

    9.3 Polybutene-1

    9.4 Polymethyl Pentene

    9.5 Cyclic Olefin Copolymer

    9.6 Plastomer


    10. Polyvinyls and Acrylics

    10.1 Ethylene–Vinyl Acetate Copolymer

    10.2 Ethylene–Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer

    10.3 Polyvinyl Alcohol

    10.4 Polyvinyl Chloride

    10.5 Polyvinylidene Chloride

    10.6 Polyacrylics

    10.7 Acrylonitrile–Methyl Acrylate Copolymer

    10.8 Ionomers


    11. Fluoropolymers

    11.1 Polytetrafluoroethylene

    11.2 Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene

    11.3 Perfluoroalkoxy

    11.4 Amorphous Fluoropolymer—Teflon AF®

    11.5 Polyvinyl Fluoride

    11.6 Polychlorotrifluoroethylene

    11.7 Polyvinylidene Fluoride

    11.8 Ethylene–Tetrafluoroethylene Copolymer

    11.9 Ethylene–Chlorotrifluoroethylene Copolymer


    12. High Temperature/High Performance Polymers

    12.1 Polyetheretherketone

    12.2 Polysiloxane

    12.3 Polyphenylene Sulfide

    12.4 Polysulfone

    12.5 Polyethersulfone

    12.6 Polybenzimidazole

    12.7 Parylene (poly(p-xylylene))

    12.8 Polyphenylene Sulfone


    13. Elastomers and Rubbers

    13.1 Thermoplastic Polyurethane Elastomers

    13.2 Olefinic Thermoplastic Elastomers

    13.3 Thermoplastic Copolyester Elastomers

    13.4 Thermoplastic Polyether Block Polyamide Elastomers (PEBA)

    13.5 Styrenic Block Copolymer Thermoplastic Elastomers

    13.6 Syndiotactic 1,2-Polybutadiene


    14. Renewable Resource and Biodegradable Polymers

    14.1 Cellophane™

    14.2 Nitrocellulose

    14.3 Cellulose Acetate

    14.4 Cellulose Acetate Butyrate

    14.5 Ethyl Cellulose

    14.6 Polycaprolactone

    14.7 Poly (Lactic Acid)

    14.8 Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB or PH3B)


Product details

  • No. of pages: 408
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2012
  • Published: April 25, 2012
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • eBook ISBN: 9781455728015

About the Author

Laurence W. McKeen

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

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