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Foam Extrusion
Principles and Practice, Second Edition

Edited By

S.-T. Lee


Chul B. Park

ISBN 9781439898598
Published April 7, 2014 by CRC Press
624 Pages 16 Color & 312 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Combining the science of foam with the engineering of extrusion processes, Foam Extrusion: Principles and Practice delivers a detailed discussion of the theory, design, processing, and application of degradable foam extraction. In one comprehensive volume, the editors present the collective expertise of leading academic, research, and industry specialists while laying the scientific foundation in such a manner that the microscopic transition from a nucleus to a void (nucleation) and macroscopic movement from a void to an object (formation) are plausibly addressed.

To keep pace with significant improvements in foam extrusion technology, this Second Edition:

  • Includes new chapters on the latest developments in processing/thermal management, rheology/melt strength, and biodegradable and sustainable foams
  • Features extensive updates to chapters on extrusion equipment, blowing agents, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam, and microcellular innovation
  • Contains new coverage of cutting-edge foaming mechanisms and technology, as well as new case studies, examples, and figures

Capturing the interesting evolution of the field, Foam Extrusion: Principles and Practice, Second Edition provides scientists, engineers, and product development professionals with a modern, holistic view of foam extrusion to enhance research and development and aid in the selection of the optimal screw, die design, and foaming system.

Table of Contents






Shau-Tarng Lee

Statistical Thermodynamics of Gas Solubility in Polymers

Pierre Moulinié and Robert Simha

Rheology of Thermoplastic Foam Extrusion Process

Richard Gendron and Louis E. Daigneault

Material Strength in Molten State for Foam

Masayuki Yamaguchi

Fundamental Mechanisms of Cell Nucleation in Plastic Foam Processing

Anson Wong and Chul B. Park

Foam Nucleation in Gas-Dispersed Polymeric Systems

Shau-Tarng Lee

Foam Growth in Polymers

N. S. Ramesh

Polymeric Foaming Simulation and Visual Observation: Batch and Continuous

Masahiro Ohshima

Process Design for Thermoplastic Foam Extrusion

Leonard F. Sansone

Extrusion Equipment for Foam Processing

William C. Thiele and Charles Martin

Foam Extrusion with Physical Blowing Agents: Practical Approach

Kun Sup Hyun and Myung-Ho Kim

Mixing Design for Foam Extrusion: Analysis and Practices

Chitai Carey Yang and David I. Bigio

Foaming Agents for Foam Extrusion

Thomas Pontiff

Extrusion of High-Density and Low-Density Microcellular Plastics

Patrick C. Lee and Chul B. Park

Foam Extrusion of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

Shau-Tarng Lee, Marino Xanthos, and Subir K. Dey

Extrusion Foaming of Biodegradable Polymers

Salvatore Iannace, Luigi Sorrentino, and Ernesto Di Maio


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Shau-Tarng Lee received his Ph.D from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, and joined Sealed Air Corporation, Saddle Brook, New Jersey, USA in foam research and product, process, and technology development as development engineer, before becoming R&D director and, at present, research fellow. He has over 100 publications including 27 patents. He has been elected fellow by SPE and inducted into Sealed Air Corporation’s inventor hall of fame. The author and editor of four foam books published by Technomic and CRC Press, he serves as co-editor-in-chief for Journal of Cellular Plastics and the principal editor for Foam Update.

Chul B. Park received his Ph.D from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. He is professor and holder of Tier I Canada Research Chair in Microcellular Plastics at University of Toronto, Ontario, as well as founder and director of the Microcellular Plastics Manufacturing Laboratory and the Centre for Industrial Application of Microcellular Plastics. A fellow of Royal Society of Canada, SPE, and 6 other professional societies, he is author/co-author of over 800 publications, including 25 patents. He serves as editor-in-chief of Journal of Cellular Plastics and as an advisory editorial board member for Cellular Polymers, Advances in Polymer Technology, and International Polymer Processing.


"This book is a standard work in foam extrusion for academia and industries dealing with the basics of foam formation and process setup. The contributions come from well-known experts in the field of polymer processing and material science and further give insight into the world of extruded polymer foams."
—Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Altstädt, Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Bayreuth, Germany

"…the authors of this book are distinguished, the content of this book is very detailed, and the practice is informative. …It is an excellent monograph about polymer extrusion foaming."
—Prof. Qi Wang, Polymer Research Institute, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

"Reviewing the principles often leads to innovation in application. This book elaborates on the basic and important aspects of foam extrusion technology, from polymers and processes to machineries. Both industrial and academic readers should find it very useful in their projects."
—Shih-Ying Huang, Holyfoam Chemical Group, Shanghai, China