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Radiation Technology for Polymers

2nd Edition

By Jiri George Drobny

CRC Press

307 pages | 89 B/W Illus.

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The first edition of Radiation Technology for Polymers set the standard as a valuable, time-saving resource offering systematic fundamental information about industrial radiation technologies. Raising the bar even further, Radiation Technology for Polymers, Second Edition explores emerging applications of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) radiation to polymer processing, detailing significant changes in the field since the first publication.

Presents important new processing and engineering data from selected commercial products

Since the publication of the previous edition, many technological developments have taken place, new applications and products have been developed and commercialized, and some already established ones have been discontinued. This book updates changes, trends, and general issues in radiation technology. It presents vital, cutting-edge information to aid further reduction of volatile organic compounds and toxic substances in the environment, develop alternative sources of energy, and harness energy in both medical and industrial applications.

The author considers novel uses of UV/EB technology in:

  • Equipment and instrumentation developments in automotive, electronics, and wood-processing industries
  • Applications used in waterborne coatings and adhesives, film modifications, high-performance coatings, and inkjet technology
  • Processing of coatings, paints, inks, and adhesives, as well as thermoplastics and elastomers in film, sheet, and other forms

This reference discusses new uses for UV and EB irradiation, the response of polymers to irradiation, tests related to dosimetry and radiometry, and related safety and hygiene. It is also fortified with new problems and worked solutions, as well appendices with supplementary information on equipment manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, and principles of green chemistry and sustainability.

Table of Contents


Basic Concepts

Review of Radiation Science and Technology

UV and Visible Radiation

Ionizing Radiation

Comparison of UV and EB Processes

UV and EB Curing Equipment

UV Curing Equipment

Electron Beam Curing Equipment

Equipment and Technology

UV Radiation Processes

Basic Concepts

Photoinitiators and Photosensitizers

Kinetics of Photoinitiated Reactions

Chemical Systems in UV Processing

Photo-Cross-Linking of Polymers

Electron Beam Processes


Radiation Cross-Link Promoters

Retardants of Radiation Cross-Linking

Electron Beam Processing of Plastics

Electron Beam Processing of Elastomers

Electron Beam Processing of Liquid Systems

Grafting and Other Polymer Modifications

Coating Methods Used in UV/EB Technology

Roll Coating

Curtain Coating

Spray Application

Dip Coating

Flow Coating

Spin Coating

Rod Coating

Vacuum Coating

Applications of UV Radiation

UV Curing of Coatings and Paints

UV Curing of Adhesives

UV Cured Silicone Release Coatings

Spot Curing

UV Curing in Printing and Graphic Arts

Rapid Prototyping

UV Powder Coatings

Other Applications for UV Curing

Automotive Applications

Production of Composites by UV Radiation


Applications of Electron Beam Radiation

Electron Beam Process in Wire and Cable Technology

Electron Beam Process in Tire Technology

Electron Beam Process in the Manufacture of Polyolefin Foams

Electron Beam Process in the Production of Heat-Shrinkable Materials

Electron Beam Process in Coatings, Adhesives, Paints, and Printing Inks

Dosimetry and Radiometry

EB Dosimetry

UV Radiometry

Safety and Hygiene

UV Equipment Health and Safety

EB Equipment Health and Safety

Chemical Hazards

Recent Developments and Trends

Current Trends in Equipment and Chemistry

Emerging Technologies and Applications



About the Author

Jiri George Drobny was educated at the Technical University in Prague in chemical engineering, specializing in processing of plastics and elastomers, and at the Institute of Polymer Science of the University of Akron (Ohio) in physics and engineering of polymers. He also earned an MBA in finance and management at Shippensburg State University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. His career spans over 40 years in the rubber and plastics processing industries in Europe, the United States, and Canada, mainly in R&D with senior and executive responsibilities. Currently, he is president of Drobny Polymer Associates, an international consulting firm specializing in fluoropolymer science and technology, radiation processing, and elastomer technology. Drobny is also active as an educator, author, and technical and scientific translator. He is a member of the Society of Plastic Engineers, American Chemical Society, and RadTech International North America, and is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in Plastics and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the East. He resides in New Hampshire.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Textiles & Polymers