Reactive Polymers Fundamentals and Applications

Reactive Polymers Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd Edition

A Concise Guide to Industrial Polymers

Reactive Polymers Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd Edition,Johannes Karl Fink,ISBN9781455731497


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Covering chemical reactions, manufacturing processes, and applications for the key Reactive Polymer classes this book is an indispensible source for Engineers working in Plastics product design and manufacturing.

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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


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.


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

Johannes Karl Fink

Dr. Fink is a Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at Montanuniversit Leoben, Austria.

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Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria

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Reactive Polymers Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd Edition

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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

8.5 Crosslinking

8.6 Properties

8.7 Applications and Uses

8.8 Special Formulations


Chapter 9. Acrylic Resins

9.1 History

9.2 Monomers

9.3 Special Additives

9.4 Curing

9.5 Properties

9.6 Applications and Uses

9.7 Special Formulations


Chapter 10. Cyanate Ester Resins

10.1 History

10.2 Monomers

10.3 Special Additives

10.4 Curing

10.5 Properties

10.6 Applications and Uses

10.7 Special Formulations


Chapter 11. Bismaleimide Resins

11.1 Monomers

11.2 Special Additives

11.3 Curing

11.4 Properties

11.5 Applications and Uses

11.6 Special Formulations


Chapter 12. Terpene Resins

12.1 History

12.2 Monomers

12.3 Curing

12.4 Properties

12.5 Applications and Uses

12.6 Special Formulations


Chapter 13. Cyanoacrylates

13.1 Monomers

13.2 Special Additives

13.3 Curing

13.4 Properties

13.5 Applications and Uses


Chapter 14. Benzocyclobutene Resins

14.1 Modified Polymers

14.2 Crosslinkers

14.3 Applications and Uses


Chapter 15. Reactive Extrusion

15.1 Extruder

15.2 Compositions of Industrial Polymers

15.3 Biodegradable Compositions

15.4 Chain Extenders

15.5 Related Applications


Chapter 16. Compatibilization

16.1 Equipment

16.2 Basic Terms

16.3 Interpenetrating Polymer Networks

16.4 Compatibilization by Additives

16.5 Reactive Compatibilization

16.6 Starch Polyester Blends

16.7 Functionalization of End Groups


Chapter 17. Rheology Control

17.1 Melt Flow Rate

17.2 Rheology Control Techniques

17.3 Peroxides for Rheology Control

17.4 Scavengers

17.5 Mechanism of Degradation

17.6 High Melt Flow Poly(propylene)

17.7 Irregular Flow Improvement

17.8 Heterophasic Copolymers

17.9 Poly(propylene)


Chapter 18. Grafting

18.1 The Techniques in Grafting

18.2 Polyolefins

18.3 Other Polymers

18.4 Terminal Functionalization

18.5 Grafting onto Surfaces


Chapter 19. Acrylic Dental Fillers

19.1 History

19.2 Methods of Development

19.3 Polymeric Composite Filling Materials

19.4 Monomers

19.5 Radical Polymerization

19.6 Inhibitors

19.7 Additives

19.8 Properties

19.9 Applications


Chapter 20. Toners

20.1 Toner Components

20.2 Toner Resins

20.3 Manufacture of Toner Resins

20.4 Characterization of Toners



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