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

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, UK