Fluoroelastomers Handbook: The Definitive User's Guide and Databook is a comprehensive reference on fluoroelastomer chemistry, processing technology, and applications. This is a must-have reference for materials scientists and engineers in the automotive, aerospace, chemical, chemical process, and power generation industries. Fluoroelastomers meet rigorous performance requirements in harsh environments, enhancing reliability, safety, and environmental friendliness. Fluoroelastomers are growing as products of choice for critical components such as O-rings, hoses, and seals in hostile fluid and temperature conditions. The first part of this book is an overview of fluorocarbon elastomers, including descriptions of the nature of fluoroelastomers, properties of various compositions, developmental history, and major uses. The second part provides more details of fluoroelastomer technology, including monomer properties and synthesis, polymerization and production processes, cure systems, and processing methods. The third and last part covers fluid resistance of various fluoroelastomer families, major applications of fluoroelastomers, and safety and disposal.


Elastomers engineers, formulators, parts fabricators, materials scientists, polymer chemists, chemical engineers, and plastics engineers in industry (automotive, aerospace, chemical, chemical process, and power).

Table of Contents

Part 1: Fluoroelastomers Overview 1. Fundamentals 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Scope: Fluorocarbon Elastomers 1.3 Nature of Fluoroelastomers 1.4 Fundamental Properties 1.5 Developmental History: Compositions, Cure Technology 1.6 Major Uses of Fluoroelastomers 1.7 Producers of Fluoroelastomers 2. Fluoroelastomer Composition and Properties 2.1 Fluoroelastomer Composition and Properties 2.2 VDF/HFP/(TFE) Elastomers 2.3 VDF/PMVE/TFE Elastomers 2.4 TFE/PMVE Elastomers 2.5 TFE/P Elastomers 2.6 E/TFE/PMVE Elastomers Part 2: Fluoroelastomers Technology 3. Fluoroelastomers Monomers 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Vinylidene Fluoride (VDF) 3.3 Tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) 3.4 Hexafluoropropylene (HFP) 3.5 Perfluoro(Methyl Vinyl Ether) (PMVE) 3.6 Olefins: Ethylene and Propylene 3.7 Cure-site Monomers 3.8 Safety Aspects and Monomer Handling 4. Production of Fluoroelastomers 4.1 Introduction 4.2 General Process Description 4.3 Free Radical Copolymerization 4.4 Emulsion Polymerization 4.5 Suspension Polymerization 4.6 Process Conditions and Polymer Characteristics 4.7 Monomer Recovery 4.8 Isolation 4.9 Process Safety 4.10 Commercial Process Descriptions 5. Cure systems for Fluoroelastomers 5.1 Introduction 5.2 VDF/HFP/(TFE) Copolymers: Diamine, Bisphenol, Peroxide 5.3 VDF/PMVE/TFE Elastomers: Peroxide (Bisphenol) 5.4 Perfluoroelastomers - Various Systems 5.5 TFE/Propylene Elastomers: Peroxide,


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About the editors

Jiri George Drobny

Jiri G. Drobny is President of Drobny Polymer Associates, and former Adjunct Faculty of Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Drobny is an active educator, lecturer, writer, and internationally known consultant. His career spans more than 40 years in the rubber and plastic processing industry, mainly in research and development with senior and executive responsibilities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Drobny Polymer Associates, Inc.

Albert L. Moore

Affiliations and Expertise

DuPont Elastomer Chemicals Department (retired) ,Delaware, USA


"An essential purchase, the handbook is excellent and sure to excite discussion whenever chemistry and physics of fluoroelastomers and technology are discussed." - Current Engineering Practice, Vol. 46, 2006