The Effect of Sterilization on Plastics and Elastomers

The Effect of Sterilization on Plastics and Elastomers

4th Edition - February 22, 2018

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  • Author: Laurence McKeen
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128145128
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128145111

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The Effect of Sterilization Methods on Plastics and Elastomers, Fourth Edition brings together a wide range of essential data on the sterilization of plastics and elastomers, thus enabling engineers to make optimal material choices and design decisions. The data tables in this book enable engineers and scientists to select the right materials and sterilization method for a given product or application. The book is a unique and essential reference for anybody working with plastic materials that are likely to be exposed to sterilization methods, be it in medical device or packaging development, food packaging or other applications.

Key Features

  • Presents essential data and practical guidance for engineers and scientists working with plastics in applications that require sterile packaging and equipment
  • Updated edition removes obsolete data, updates manufacturers, verifies data accuracy, and adds new plastics materials for comparison
  • Provides essential information and guidance for FDA submissions required for new medical devices


Plastics engineers, product designers, packaging engineers and materials scientists. Medical device and packaging designers and users; polymer and coatings chemists; producers and users of sterile packaging products and medical devices. Sectors: food, beverage and pharmaceutical packaging; medical devices; chemical processing; agriculture; defense

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Food Irradiation and Medical Sterilization
    2. Introduction to Plastics and Polymers
    3. Introduction to the Physical, Mechanical, and Thermal Properties of Plastics and Elastomers
    4. Styrene based Plastics
    5. Polyesters
    6. Polyimides
    7. Polyamides (Nylons)
    8. Polyolefins
    9. Polyvinyls and Acrylics
    10. Elastomers
    11. Fluoropolymers
    12. High Temperature/High Performance Polymers
    13. Renewable Resource and Biodegradable polymers

Product details

  • No. of pages: 468
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2018
  • Published: February 22, 2018
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128145128
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128145111

About the Author

Laurence McKeen

Larry McKeen has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and worked for DuPont Fluoroproducts from 1978–2014. As a Senior Research Associate (Chemist), he was responsible for new product development including application technology and product optimization for particular end-uses, and product testing. He retired from DuPont at the end of 2014 and is currently a consultant.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Associate, DuPont, Wilmington, DE, USA

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