1st Edition

Polymeric Foams
Innovations in Processes, Technologies, and Products

ISBN 9781498738873
Published October 26, 2016 by CRC Press
390 Pages 265 B/W Illustrations

USD $285.00

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Book Description

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


Shau-Tarng Lee

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

Nanocellular Foams

Stéphane Costeux

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


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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