Handbook of Surface Improvement and Modification

Handbook of Surface Improvement and Modification

1st Edition - February 21, 2018

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  • Author: George Wypych
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781927885338
  • eBook ISBN: 9781927885345

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Handbook of Surface Improvement and Modification contains information on several groups of additives and the modification processes which determine the surface properties of many materials. These additives can modify or improve scratch and mar resistance, improve gloss or flatten the surface, increase or decrease tack and inhibit staining. The mechanisms of damage, protection and property improvements are also discussed, making this an essential handbook for engineers, researchers and technicians interested in using additives to modify and improve the surface properties of materials. A companion book entitled Databook of Surface Modification Additives has also been published. It contains information and data on the additives commercially available to improve materials by the above-listed modifications. Both books do not repeat information. In this book, the focus is on the methods and mechanisms which are known to be responsible for the enhancement of material properties with the use of additives.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the improvement of surface properties, with detailed coverage of the additives used, including the process of selection and examples of application
  • Presents the mechanisms of damage, protection and property improvements based on research data
  • Aids the user in formulating products that fit specific requirements and applications


Engineers, researchers and technicians in the plastics industry

Table of Contents

  • 1 Introduction
    2 Scratch and Mar Resistance
    2.1 Methods and mechanisms of protection
    2.2 Additives used
    2.3 Application data
    3 Gloss Enhancement
    3.1 Gloss perception
    3.2 Additives used
    3.3 Methods and mechanisms of gloss enhancement
    3.4 Durability of gloss
    4 Surface Matting (Flattening)
    4.1 Methods and mechanisms of flattening
    4.2 Additives used
    4.3 Application data
    5 Tack-free Surface
    5.1 Methods and mechanisms of tack reduction
    5.2 Additives used
    5.3 Application data
    6 Tackifiers
    6.1 Methods and mechanisms of tack enhancement
    6.2 Additives used
    6.3 Application data
    7 Surface Tension and Wetting
    7.1 Methods and mechanisms of surface tension reduction
    7.2 Additives used
    7.3 Application data
    8 Easy Surface Cleaning and Stain Inhibition
    8.1 Methods and mechanisms of surface cleaning
    8.2 Additives used
    8.3 Application data
    9 Water Repelling (Hydrophobization)
    9.1 Methods and mechanisms of hydrophobization
    9.2 Additives used
    9.3 Application data
    10 Anti-cratering and Leveling
    10.1 Methods and mechanisms of anti-cratering and leveling
    10.2 Additives used
    10.3 Application data
    11 The Coefficient of Friction
    11.1 Methods and mechanisms of improvement of the coefficient of friction
    11.2 Additives used
    11.3 Application data

Product details

  • No. of pages: 226
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © ChemTec Publishing 2018
  • Published: February 21, 2018
  • Imprint: ChemTec Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781927885338
  • eBook ISBN: 9781927885345

About the Author

George Wypych

George Wypych has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. His professional expertise includes both university teaching (full professor) and research and development. He has published 18 books, 47 scientific papers, and he has obtained 16 patents. He specializes in polymer additives, polymer processing and formulation, material durability and the development of sealants and coatings.

Affiliations and Expertise

ChemTec Publishing, Ontario, Canada

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