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Polymer Foams Handbook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750680691, 9780080475448

Polymer Foams Handbook

1st Edition

Engineering and Biomechanics Applications and Design Guide

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Author: Nigel Mills
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750680691
eBook ISBN: 9780080475448
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 19th February 2007
Page Count: 562
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This handbook explores the applications of polymer foams, and the properties that make them suitable for so many applications, in the detail required by postgraduate students, researchers and the many industrial engineers and designers who work with polymer foam in industry.

It covers the mechanical properties of foams and foam microstructure, processing of foams, mechanical testing and analysis (using Finite element analysis). In addition, it uniquely offers a broader perspective on the actual engineering of foams and foam based (or foam including) products by including nine detailed case studies which firmly plant the theory of the book in a real world context, making it ideal for both polymer engineers and chemists and mechanical engineers and product designers.

Key Features

  • Complete coverage of the mechanical and design aspects of polymer foams from an acknowledged international expert: no other book is available with this breadth making this a plastics engineer's first choice for a single volume Handbook
  • Polymer foams are ubiquitous in modern life, used everywhere from running shoes to furniture, and this book includes nine extensive case studies covering each key class of application, including biomechanics
  • Offers a rigorous mechanical and microstructure perspective, plus a computer based chapter: Essential for engineers and designers alike.


Advanced students/researchers in polymer engineering, MS&E, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering schools; Professional engineers in the plastics applications industries, petro-chemical industry, materials processing and design engineers working with polymer foam products and packaging

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Basics of the mechanics of polymers
  3. PU foam processing and microstructure
  4. Bead foam processing and microstructure
  5. Mechanical testing of polymeric foams
  6. FEA modelling
  7. Micromechanics of Open-cell foams
  8. Air flow in open cell foams
  9. Case study: Seating design
  10. Case study: Sports and impact mats
  11. Micromechanics of closed cell foams
  12. Case study: Transit packaging
  13. Case study: Running shoe foams
  14. Case study: Cycle helmets
  15. Indentation, crack and fracture toughness
  16. Case study: Motorcycle helmets
  17. Case study: Hip protectors
  18. Case study: Thermal sandwich panels
  19. Creep and creep mechanisms
  20. Effects of water on polymer mechanics and performance
  21. Case study: Rugby and Soccer protection


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About the Author

Nigel Mills

Nigel Mills was a Reader in Polymer Engineering in the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham, UK. He was the author of the first three editions of Plastics: Microstructure and Engineering Applications, as well as the Polymer Foams Handbook, published in 2007.

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Previously University of Birmingham, UK

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