The use of reactive polymers enables manufacturers to make chemical changes at a late stage in the production process—these in turn cause changes in performance and properties. Material selection and control of the reaction are essential to acheive optimal performance. The second edition of Reactive Polymers Fundamentals and Applications introduces engineers and scientists to the range of reactive polymers available, explains the reactions that take place, and details applications and performance benefits.

Basic principles and industrial processes are described for each class of reactive resin (thermoset), as well as additives, the curing process, and applications and uses. The initial chapters are devoted to individual resin types (e.g. epoxides, cyanacrylates, etc.); followed by more general chapters on topics such as reactive extrusion and dental applications. Material new to this edition includes the most recent developments, applications and commercial products for each chemical class of thermosets, as well as sections on fabrication methods, reactive biopolymers, recycling of reactive polymers, and case studies. Injection molding of reactive polymers, radiation curing, thermosetting elastomers, and reactive extrusion equipment are all covered as well.

Key Features

  • Most comprehensive source of information about reactive polymers
  • Covers basics as well as most recent developments, including reactive biopolymers, recycling of reactive polymers, nanocomposites, and fluorosilicones
  • Indispensable guide for engineers and advanced students alike—providing extensive literature and patent review


Engineers involved in developing and manufacturing products made from Reactive Polymers, Students

Table of Contents

Plastics Design Library (PDL)

PDL Series Editor’s Preface


Preface to Second Edition

How to Use this Book



Chapter 1. Unsaturated Polyester Resins

1.1 History

1.2 Monomers

1.3 Special Additives

1.4 Curing

1.5 Properties

1.6 Applications and Uses

1.7 Special Formulations


Chapter 2. Poly(urethane)s

2.1 History

2.2 Monomers

2.3 Special Additives

2.4 Curing

2.5 Properties

2.6 Applications and Uses

2.7 Special Formulations


Chapter 3. Epoxy Resins

3.1 History

3.2 Monomers

3.3 Special Additives

3.4 Curing

3.5 Properties

3.6 Applications and Uses

3.7 Special Formulations


Chapter 4. Phenol/Formaldehyde Resins

4.1 History

4.2 Monomers

4.3 Special Additives

4.4 Curing

4.5 Properties

4.6 Applications and Uses

4.7 Special Formulations

4.8 Testing Methods


Chapter 5. Urea/Formaldehyde Resins

5.1 History

5.2 Synthesis of Resin

5.3 Special Additives

5.4 Curing

5.5 Measurement of Curing

5.6 Properties

5.7 Applications and Uses

5.8 Special Formulations


Chapter 6. Melamine Resins

6.1 History

6.2 Monomers

6.3 Special Additives

6.4 Properties

6.5 Applications and Uses

6.6 Special Formulations


Chapter 7. Furan Resins

7.1 History

7.2 Monomers

7.3 Special Additives

7.4 Curing

7.5 Properties

7.6 Applications and Uses


Chapter 8. Silicones

8.1 History

8.2 Monomers

8.3 Modified Types

8.4 Curing


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William Andrew
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