This work provides comprehensive coverage of the basic theories and hands-on techniques of polymer toughening, demonstrating the similarities in methods of measurement and toughness enhancement found in various classes of polymeric materials, including foams, films, adhesives and moulding grade polymers. It provides a detailed overview, from historical and current points of view, of polymer toughening as practiced in industry, and lays the theoretical groundwork for the analysis and prediction of different modes of toughening.
". . .a good overview of the technology (presented from an industrial research viewpoint) for specific polymer systems (styrenics and epoxies in particular). a worthwhile review. . . .recommended for polymer science libraries in both industrial and academic institutions. "
Part 1 Background: molecular origins of toughness in polymers; multiphase toughening of plastics; graft rubber concentrates; crazing in intrinsically tough high performance thermoset resins; fracture behaviour of rubber-modified high performance epoxies. Part 2 Product families: rubber-toughened thermosets; polyethylene; the manufacture and physical properties of rubber toughened styrenics; polyurethane polymer toughness; design of tough epoxy thermosets; toughness in themoset coatings.