Polymeric foams are sturdy yet lightweight materials with applications across a variety of industries, from packaging to aerospace. As demand for these materials increase, so does innovation in the development of new processes and products. This book captures the most dynamic advances in processes, technologies, and products related to the polymeric foam market. It describes the latest business trends including new microcellular commercialization, sustainable foam products, and nanofoams. It also discusses novel processes, new and environmentally friendly blowing agents, and the development and usage of various types of foams, including bead and polycarbonate, polypropylene, polyetherimide microcellular, and nanocellular. The book also covers flame-retardant foams, rigid foam composites, and foam sandwich composites and details applications in structural engineering, electronics, and insulation. Authored by leading experts in the field, this book minimizes the gap between research and application in this important and growing area.
Table of Contents
Microcellular Polypropylene Foam
Peng Guo and Xiulei Jiang
Preparation of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Foams Using Supercritical CO2 as Blowing Agent
Ling Zhao, Tian Xia, Zhenhao Xi, and Tao Liu
Formation Mechanism and Tuning for Bimodal Cell Structure in Foams by Synergistic Effect of Temperature Rising and Depressurization with Supercritical CO2
Han-Xiong Huang and Lin-Qiong Xu
Extrusion Foaming of Polylactide
Richard Gendron and M. Mihai
Innovative PLA Bead Foam Technology
Mohammadreza Nofar, Alireza Tabatabaei, and Chul B. Park
Rigid Structural Foam and Foam-Cored Sandwich Composites
Wenguang Ma and Kurt Feichtinger
Microcellular Polyimide Foams: Fabrication and Characterization
Yang Li and Wentao Zhai
Recent Innovations in Thermoplastic Foams
Tomoo Tokiwa and Tatsuyuki Ishikawa
Advanced CAE Technology for Microcellular Injection Molding
Chao-Tsai (CT) Huang and RY Chang
Dr. Shau-Tarng (S.-T.) Lee received his PhD from Stevens Institute of Technology and joined Sealed Air Corp. in foam research, foam product/process, and technology development as a development engineer, a research and development director, and currently a senior research fellow. He has over 100 publications, including 28 patents. Dr. Lee was elected an SPE Fellow in 2001 and was inducted into Sealed Air’s inventor Hall of Fame in 2003. He has authored and edited five foam books published by Technomic and CRC Press. At present, Dr. Lee serves as the Polymeric Foams book series editor for CRC Press, a coeditor-in-chief for the Journal of Cellular Plastics, and the principal editor for Foam Update.
"…not only informative, but thought-provoking. A ‘must-have’ reference to stay abreast of what is happening and emerging for polymeric foams and products."
— Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA
"…contains a comprehensive literature selection and very scientific descriptions for current approaches in foaming. Furthermore, the most recent developments in foam technology like foam extrusion and bead foaming of Polylactide (PLA) as well as nanocellular foams are part of the book. In general, the selection of topics is very meaningful and scientifically and technically highly relevant."
—Volker Altstädt, University of Bayreuth, Germany
"…features a comprehensive introduction…on state-of-the-art developments related to polymer foams and some emerging technologies as well as a future outlook, followed by product developments and material-specific foams and simulation….A "must-have" reference to stay abreast of what is happening and emerging for polymeric foams and products."
—Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng, University of Wisconsin-Madison