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Fluoropolymer Applications in the Chemical Processing Industries - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780815515029, 9780815517290

Fluoropolymer Applications in the Chemical Processing Industries

1st Edition

The Definitive User's Guide and Databook

Authors: Sina Ebnesajjad Pradip R. Khaladkar
eBook ISBN: 9780815517290
Hardcover ISBN: 9780815515029
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 2nd December 2004
Page Count: 592
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Fluoropolymers
What are Fluoropolymers?
Fundamental Properties of Fluoropolymers
Developmental History of Fluoropolymers
Examples of Uses of Fluoropolymers
2 Materials of Construction
Historical Background
Definition of Polymer-based Materials
Comparison Between Polymer-based Materials and Metals
Applications of Polymer-based Materials for Corrosion Control
3 Properties of Neat (Unfilled) and Filled Fluoropolymers
Influence of Processing on Fluoroplastics
Chemical Compatibility of Fluoropolymers
Permeation Fundamentals
Environmental Stress Cracking
Properties and Characteristics of PTFE
Properties and Characteristics of Melt-processible Fluoroplastics
4 Selecting Fluoropolymers for Corrosion Control
Economics of Selecting Fluoropolymers
Preparing to Determine Compatibility
Current Technology for Determining Compatibility
5 Manufacturing of Parts from Polytetrafluoroetylene Polymers
Granular Resin Processing
Fine Powder Resin Processing
Fluoropolymer Dispersion Processing
6 Manufacturing Parts from Melt-processible Fluoropolymers
Materials of Construction
Rheology of Fluoropolymer Melts
Thermal Stability of Fluoropolymers
Melt Extrusion
Fluoropolymer Tube Extrusion
Fluoropolymer Film Extrusion
Injection Molding
Rotational Molding
Other Part Manufactuing Techniques
Vacuum Bagging
7 Fabrication Techniques for Fluoropolymers
Adhesive Bondinig Methods
Welding and Joining
Heat Bonding
Other Processes
8 Design and Construction of Linings and Vessels
Lining of Vessels
Lining of Pipes and Fittings
Lined Valves
Lined Hoses
Lined Expansion Joints
Lining or Coatings of Internals
Design and Fabrication of Vessels for Lining
Shop versus Field Fabrication
9 Operations and Maintenance
10 Failure Analysis
Part Failure
Defect Analysis
Application of Failure Analysis Methodology
Surface Analysis
Examples of Failure Analysis
Physical Defects Due to Part Fabrication
11 Modeling and Mechanical Analysis of Fluoropolymer Components
Review of Modeling Techniques
Currently Available Material Models
Failure and Deformation Principles
12 Cost Analysis
Cost Analysis
13 Safety, Disposal, and Recycling of Fluoropolymers
Toxicology of Fluoropolymers
Thermal Properties of Fluoropolymers
Emission During Processing
Safety Measures
Food Contact and Medical Applications
Fluoropolymer Scrap and Recycling
Environmental Protection and Disposal Method
14 Future Trends
Fluoropolymer Applications
Fluoropolymer Resin Manufacturing
Growth of Fluoropolymer Industries
Technological Needs of Chemical Processing Industry

Appendix I: Permeation Properties of Perfluoroplastics
Appendix II: Permeation Properties of Partially Fluorinated Fluoroplastics
Appendix III: Permeation of Automotive Fuels Through Fluoroplastics
Appendix IV: Permeation of Organic and Inorganic Chemicals Through Fluoroplastic Films
Appendix V: Chemical Resistance of Thermoplastics


This is a self-contained collection of data and information on applications of fluoropolymers components for corrosion control in chemical processing industries. Due to their superior properties, fluoropolymers have been rapidly replacing metal alloys for preserving the purity of processing streams in the chemical processing, plastics, food, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, and pulp and paper industries.


Design engineers, maintenance personnel, chemical engineers, other practicing chemical professionals, materials managers, purchasing professionals, researchers and students in the chemical processing, petroleum refining, food, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, and pulp and paper industries interested in the industrial applications of fluoropolymers. Equipment managers, chemical plant operators, chemical industry engineers in metals and plastics industries.


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"This fecund and useful volume sets up lively possibilities for exploring the entire spectrum of fluoropolymer applications in chemical processing industries." - Current Engineering Practice, Vol. 46, 2006

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About the Authors

Sina Ebnesajjad

Sina Ebnesajjad

Sina Ebnesajjad is the series editor of Plastics Design Library (PDL) published in the William Andrew imprint of Elsevier. This Series is a unique series, comprising technology and applications handbooks, data books and practical guides tailored to the needs of practitioners. Sina was the editor-in-chief of William Andrew Publishing from 2005 to 2007, which was acquired by Elsevier in 2009.

He retired as a Senior Technology Associate in 2005 from the DuPont fluoropolymers after nearly 24 years of service. Sina founded of FluoroConsultants Group, LLC in 2006 where he continues to work. Sina earned his Bachelor of Science from the School of Engineering of the University of Tehran in 1976, Master of Science and PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, all in Chemical Engineering.

He is author, editor and co-author of fifteen technical and data books including five handbooks on fluoropolymers technology and applications. He is author and co-author of three books in surface preparation and adhesion of materials, two of which are in their second editions. Sina has been involved with technical writing and publishing since 1974.

His experiences include fluoropolymer technologies (polytetrafluoroethylene and its copolymers) including polymerization, finishing, fabrication, product development, failure analysis, market development and technical service. Sina holds six patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Fluoroconsultants Group, Chadds Ford, PA, USA

Pradip R. Khaladkar

Pradip Khaladkar retired as a Principal Materials Engineer from Dupont after 37 years specializing in polymer based materials for chemical handling. Currently he provides consulting through his firm PECT Consulting LLC.

Affiliations and Expertise

DuPont Engineering Technology, Delaware, USA