Polymer foams offer lighter materials with properties such as thermal and acoustic insulation, energy absorption / cushioning and flexibility. As a result of these characteristics, the applications of polymer foams have been expanding where energy-saving and low-weight are important factors.

As well as explaining the properties of foams, and covering the range of available materials, Witten takes an engineering approach, setting out the processing options, looking into adhesives for different foam types and introducing foam fabrication and conversion. He also discusses regulatory matters, specifications and standards, and test and manufacture methods. As well as exploring the materials and technologies, Witten uses his considerable experience as an engineer working with foams to provide practical guidance on the application of foams across a range of industry sectors such as packaging, construction, medical devices, sports and leisure equipment, packaging, automotive and areospace.

Polymer foams account for 10% of commodity resin consumption in the USA, and a growing proportion globally. The importance of polymer foams has been reflected in recent innovations in the industry, with new materials being brought to market, and new applications being found for high-performance and commodity foams.

The second edition of Plastic Foams Handbook addresses the major changes that have taken place in the industry over the past 15 years:

  • The replacement of CFC and HCFC blowing agents, due to environmental concerns, and resulting legislation
  • The emergence of new high-performance polymer foams, such as cross-linked polyolefin foams used in sports equipment and the construction industry
  • Improvements in foamed PVC used in window-frames, doors, etc – offering greater rigidity and longevity
  • The development of improved fire-retardent foams fo

Key Features

  • A practical guide to polymer foams and their applications – covering industry sectors as diverse as packaging, construction, medical devices, sports and leisure equipment, areospace and automotive.
  • Neil Witten demystifies the properties, performance and product design opportunities presented by the different categories of polymer foam.
  • This major new edition has been extensively re-written and updated to cover the world of polymer foams after widespread bans on CFCs/HCFCs, and introduces new performance foams as well as the latest best practice in design and manufacture.


Engineers working in product and process design, production and manufacturing with plastic foams;

Plastics Engineers (mostly with an academic background in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry), particularly those involved in industries such as packaging, construction, sports and leisure equipment, medical devices, energy, automotive and aerospace; Materials science and engineering graduates in industry and academia involved in research and development; Industrial researchers.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction to Foams; Thermosetting Foams; Thermoplastic Foams; Elastomeric Foams; Specialist foams; Solvent Cementing and Adhesive Bonding of Foams; Foam Fabrication and Conversion; Additives, Fillers, and Reinforcements; Manufacturing Methods; Foam Properties and Performance; Glossary; Index


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William Andrew
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