Handbook of Thermoplastic Elastomers

2nd Edition

Authors: Jiri George Drobny
Hardcover ISBN: 9780323221368
eBook ISBN: 9780323221689
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 6th June 2014
Page Count: 464
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Table of Contents

  • Series
  • Dedication
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Preface to the First Edition
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction
    • 1.1. Elasticity and Elastomers
    • 1.2. Thermoplastic Elastomers
  • 2. Brief History of Thermoplastic Elastomers
  • 3. Additives
    • 3.1. Antioxidants
    • 3.2. Light Stabilizers
    • 3.3. Nucleating Agents
    • 3.4. Flame Retardants
    • 3.5. Colorants
    • 3.6. Antistatic Agents
    • 3.7. Slip Agents
    • 3.8. Antiblocking Agents
    • 3.9. Processing Aids
    • 3.10. Fillers and Reinforcements
    • 3.11. Plasticizers
    • 3.12. Other Additives
    • 3.13. Selection of Additives
    • 3.14. Health, Hygiene, and Safety
  • 4. Processing Methods Applicable to Thermoplastic Elastomers
    • 4.1. Introduction
    • 4.2. Mixing and Blending
    • 4.3. Extrusion
    • 4.4. Injection Molding
    • 4.5. Compression Molding
    • 4.6. Transfer Molding
    • 4.7. Blow Molding
    • 4.8. Rotational Molding
    • 4.9. Foaming of Thermoplastics
    • 4.10. Thermoforming
    • 4.11. Calendering
    • 4.12. Secondary Manufacturing Processes
    • 4.13. General Processing Technology of Thermoplastic Elastomers
    • 4.14. Process Simulation
    • 4.15. 3D Printing
    • 4.16. Product Development and Testing
  • 5. Styrenic Block Copolymers
    • 5.1. Introduction
    • 5.2. Polystyrene–Polydiene Block Copolymers
    • 5.3. Styrenic Block Copolymers Synthesized by Carbocationic Polymerization
    • 5.4. New Commercial Developments
  • 6. Thermoplastic Elastomers Prepared by Dynamic Vulcanization
    • 6.1. Introduction
    • 6.2. The Dynamic Vulcanization Process
    • 6.3. Properties of Blends Prepared by Dynamic Vulcanization
    • 6.4. Processing and Fabrication of Thermoplastic Vulcanizates
    • 6.5. New


Handbook of Thermoplastic Elastomers, Second Edition presents a comprehensive working knowledge of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), providing an essential introduction for those learning the basics, but also detailed engineering data and best practice guidance for those already involved in polymerization, processing, and part manufacture.

TPEs use short, cost-effective production cycles, with reduced energy consumption compared to other polymers, and are used in a range of industries including automotive, medical, construction and many more. This handbook provides all the practical information engineers need to successfully utilize this material group in their products, as well as the required knowledge to thoroughly ground themselves in the fundamental chemistry of TPEs. The data tables included in this book assist engineers and scientists in both selecting and processing the materials for a given product or application.

In the second edition of this handbook, all chapters have been reviewed and updated. New polymers and applications have been added — particularly in the growing automotive and medical fields — and changes in chemistry and processing technology are covered.

Key Features

  • Provides essential knowledge of the chemistry, processing, properties, and applications for both new and established technical professionals in any industry utilizing TPEs
  • Datasheets provide "at-a-glance" processing and technical information for a wide range of commercial TPEs and compounds, saving readers the need to contact suppliers
  • Includes data on additional materials and applications, particularly in automotive and medical industries


Engineers, product designers, scientists and academics in a variety of fields, including automotive, medical devices, construction, oil production/exploration/mining and consumer goods.


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About the Authors

Jiri George Drobny Author

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.