2nd Edition

Foam Extrusion Principles and Practice, Second Edition

Edited By S.-T. Lee, Chul B. Park Copyright 2014
    624 Pages 16 Color & 312 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.






    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



    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