Polymeric Foams Structure-Property-Performance

Polymeric Foams Structure-Property-Performance

A Design Guide

1st Edition - December 7, 2017

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  • Author: Bernard Obi
  • eBook ISBN: 9781455777563
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781455777556

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Polymeric Foams Structure–Property–Performance: A Design Guide is a response to the design challenges faced by engineers in a growing market with evolving standards, new regulations, and an ever-increasing variety of application types for polymeric foam. Bernard Obi, an author with wide experience in testing, characterizing, and applying polymer foams, approaches this emerging complexity with a practical design methodology that focuses on understanding the relationship between structure–properties of polymeric foams and their performance attributes. The book not only introduces the fundamentals of polymer and foam science and engineering, but also goes more in-depth, covering foam processing, properties, and uses for a variety of applications. By connecting the diverse technologies of polymer science to those from foam science, and by linking both micro- and macrostructure–property relationships to key performance attributes, the book gives engineers the information required to solve pressing design problems involving the use of polymeric foams and to optimize foam performance. With a focus on applications in the automotive and transportation industries, as well as uses of foams in structural composites for lightweight applications, the author provides numerous case studies and design examples of real-life industrial problems from various industries and their solutions.

Key Features

  • Provides the science and engineering fundamentals relevant for solving polymer foam application problems
  • Offers an exceptionally practical methodology to tackle the increasing complexity of real-world design challenges faced by engineers working with foams
  • Discusses numerous case studies and design examples, with a focus on automotive and transportation
  • Utilizes a practical design methodology focused on understanding the relationship between structure-properties of polymeric foams and their performance attributes


Engineers involved in product design, production and manufacturing with plastic foams; Engineers involved in the design of processes and production facilities using plastic foams; Engineers engaged in key sectors that use plastic foams, such as automotive and aerospace, packaging, construction, sports and leisure equipment, medical devices, and energy; Polymer and Materials science and engineering graduates; Industrial researchers

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Introduction
    1. Overview of Applications of Polymeric Foams

    Part II: Polymer Science and Engineering
    2. Polymer Chemistry and Synthesis
    3. Characterization of Polymeric Solids
    4. Structure-Property Relationships of Polymeric Solids

    Part III: Science and Engineering of Polymeric Foams
    5. Fundamentals of Polymeric Foams and Classification of Foam Types
    6. Foaming Processes
    7. Structure-Property Relationships of Polymeric Foams

    Part IV: Design and Uses of Polymeric Foams
    8. Fundamentals of Structure-Property Relationships of Polyurethane Foams
    9. Structural Foams
    10. Flexible Foams
    11. Biomedical Applications of Polymeric Foams
    12. Applications of Polymeric Foams in Automobiles and Transportation
    13. Other Specialized and Emerging Applications
    14. Correlating Structure-Properties to Performance Attributes
    15. Composites and Sandwich Structures

Product details

  • No. of pages: 410
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2017
  • Published: December 7, 2017
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • eBook ISBN: 9781455777563
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781455777556

About the Author

Bernard Obi

Dr. Bernard E. Obi began his career in 1985 at The Dow Chemical Company and retired after 30 years of service. He worked as senior research scientist in various capacities in research and development throughout his years of service with Dow. He obtained degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Senior Research Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company, USA.

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