Ionizing Radiation and Polymers - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781455778812, 9781455778829

Ionizing Radiation and Polymers

1st Edition

Principles, Technology, and Applications

Authors: Jiri George Drobny
eBook ISBN: 9781455778829
Hardcover ISBN: 9781455778812
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 29th November 2012
Page Count: 320
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Table of Contents




1. Introduction

1.1 Radiation Types and Sources

1.2 Ionizing Radiations

1.3 Ion Beam Radiation

1.4 Laser Beam Radiation


Recommended Further Reading

2. Fundamentals of Radiation Chemistry and Physics

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Interaction of High-Energy Electrons with Organic Matter


Recommended Further Reading

3. Equipment Used for Radiation Processing of Polymers

3.1 γ-Ray Irradiation Equipment

3.2 EB Irradiation Equipment

3.3 X-Ray Processing Equipment

3.4 Current Developments in EB Processing Equipment and Technology


Recommended Further Reading

4. Electron Beam Processes

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Methods to Enhance EB Radiation Cross-linking by Prorads

4.3 Retarders of Radiation Cross-linking


Recommended Further Reading

5. Electron Beam Processing of Commercial Polymers, Monomers, and Oligomers

5.1 Processing of Thermoplastics

5.2 EB Processing of Elastomers

5.3 EB Processing of Liquid Systems

5.4 Grafting and Other Polymer Modifications


Recommended Further Reading

6. Industrial Applications of Ionizing Radiation

6.1 EB Process in Wire and Cable Technology

6.2 EB Process in Tire Technology

6.3 EB Process in the Manufacture of Polyolefin Foams

6.4 EB Process in the Production of Heat-Shrinkable Materials

6.5 Cross-linked PE Pipes

6.6 EB Process in Coatings, Adhesives, Paints, and Printing Inks

6.7 Production of Fluoroadditives

6.8 Radiation Curing of Polymeric Composites

6.9 Hydrogels

6.10 Sterilization of Medical Devices

6.11 Other Applications for Ionizing Radiation


Recommended Further Reading


Radiation processing is widely employed in plastics engineering to enhance the physical properties of polymers, such as chemical resistance, surface properties, mechanical and thermal properties, particle size reduction, melt properties, material compatibility, fire retardation, etc.

Drobny introduces readers to the science of ionizing radiation and its effects on polymers, and explores the technologies available and their current and emerging applications.

The resulting book is a valuable guide for a wide range of plastics engineers employing ionizing radiation for polymer treatment in a range of sectors including packaging, aerospace, defense, medical devices and energy applications. Radiation resistant polymers are also explored.

Key Features

  • Unlock the potential of ionizing radiation in applications such as electron-beam curing and laser joining
  • Gain an understanding of the selection and safe use of radiation treatment equipment
  • The only detailed guide to ionizing radiation written for the plastics engineering community


Engineers working in the plastics processing and packaging industries. Plastics and rubber processing industry and downstream industry sectors using plastics, in particular food packaging, consumer goods, defense, medical devices. Consumer products companies like P&G, Pepsico, etc. and their suppliers / vendors, e.g. DuPont, BASE, Bemis, Amcor, Henkel, etc.


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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.