Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics Volume 3

Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics  Volume 3
Author: Sabu Thomas,Visakh P. M.
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 390
Release: 2011-04-28
ISBN 10: 1118104749
ISBN 13: 9781118104743
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics Volume 3 Book Review:

The book summarizes many of the recent technical research accomplishments in the area of engineering polymers, such as oxygen containing main chain polymers (Polyether and Polyesters). The book emphasizes the various aspects of preparation, structure, processing, morphology, properties and applications of engineering polymers. Recent advances in the development and characterization of multi component polymer blends and composites (maco, micro and nano) based on engineering polymers are discussed in detail. The content of the book is unique as there are no books which deal with the recent advances synthesis, morphology, structure, properties and applications of engineering polymers and their blends and composites including nanocomposites. It covers an up-to-date record on the major findings and observations in the field.

Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics Volume 2

Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics  Volume 2
Author: Johannes Karl Fink
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 452
Release: 2011-04-12
ISBN 10: 1118087712
ISBN 13: 9781118087718
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics Volume 2 Book Review:

This book focuses on common types of polymers belonging to the class of water soluble polymers. It covers a wide range of applications: food, cosmetic, medical, lithography and ink jet printing, agricultural, wastewater cleaning, and oilfield. The text is arranged according to the chemical constitution of polymers and reviews the developments that have taken place in the last decade. Each chapter follows the same template. A brief introduction to the polymer type is given and previous monographs and reviews dealing with the topic are listed for quick reference. The text continues with monomers, polymerization, fabrication techniques, properties, applications, as well as safety issues. Providing a rather encyclopedic approach to water soluble polymers, the Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics: Presents a listing of suppliers and commercial grades Reviews current patent literature, essential for the engineer developing new products Contains an extensive tradenames index with information that is fairly unique Concludes with an index of acronyms and a general index The Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics: Water Soluble Polymers provides a comprehensive reference for chemical engineers and offers advanced students a textbook for use in courses on chemically biased plastics technology and polymer science.

Chemical Resistance of Specialty Thermoplastics

Chemical Resistance of Specialty Thermoplastics
Author: William Woishnis,Sina Ebnesajjad
Publsiher: William Andrew
Total Pages: 1732
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 1455731102
ISBN 13: 9781455731107
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chemical Resistance of Specialty Thermoplastics Book Review:

Includes bibliographical references (v. 1, p. l-li) and indexes.

Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics Volume 4

Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics  Volume 4
Author: Sabu Thomas,Visakh P. M.
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2011-11-30
ISBN 10: 1118229134
ISBN 13: 9781118229132
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics Volume 4 Book Review:

This final volume in the Handbook of Engineering and Speciality Thermoplastics covers Nylons and details the developments of the last decade with respect to their polymerization, properties, synthesis, and applications. Volume 4 on Nylons is a unique compilation and covers many of the recent technical research accomplishments in the area of engineering polymers, such as nitrogen containing main chain polymers (Nylons). The book emphasizes the various aspects of preparation, structure, processing, morphology, properties and applications of engineering polymers. Recent advances in the development and characterization of multi component polymer blends and composites (maco, micro and nano) based on engineering polymers are also be discussed in detail. It covers an up-to-date record on the major findings and observations in the field. This state-of-the-art volume: Has chapters on Polyamide Imides, Polyphthalamides, Polyetherimides, Aromatic Polyamides, Polyanilines, Polyimides Comprehensive in an encyclopaedic fashion and includes material published in journals, books, conference proceedings, as well as the patent literature It serves as a "one stop" reference resource for recent important research accomplishments in this area The authors represent some of the best industry and academic researchers around the globe. Researchers, scientists, engineers and students in the field of polymer science, polymer technology, and materials science will benefit from reading this book. As it is highly applications oriented, the book will help the user to find solutions to both fundamental and applied problems.

Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics Volume 1

Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics  Volume 1
Author: Johannes Karl Fink
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2010-12-13
ISBN 10: 9781118029282
ISBN 13: 1118029283
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics Volume 1 Book Review:

Utilizes an encyclopedic approach to cover the developments in polyolefins and styrenics during the last decade This book focuses on common types of polymers belonging to the class of polyolefins and styrenics. The text is arranged according to the chemical constitution of polymers and reviews the developments that have taken place in the last decade. A brief introduction to the polymer type is given and previous monographs and reviews dealing with the topic are listed for quick reference. The text continues with monomers, polymerization, fabrication techniques, properties, application, as well as safety issues. Providing a rather encyclopedic approach to polyolefins and styrenics, The Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics: Presents a listing of suppliers and commercial grades Reviews current patent literature, essential for the engineer developing new products Contains as extensive tradenames index with information that is fairly unique Concludes with an index of acronyms The Handbook of Engineering and Specialty Thermoplastics: Polyolefins and Styrenics provides a comprehensive reference for chemical engineers and offers advanced students with a textbook for use in courses on chemically biased plastics technology and polymer science.

Chemical Resistance of Specialty Thermoplastics

Chemical Resistance of Specialty Thermoplastics
Author: William Woishnis,Sina Ebnesajjad
Publsiher: William Andrew
Total Pages: 1732
Release: 2012-12-31
ISBN 10: 1455731137
ISBN 13: 9781455731138
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chemical Resistance of Specialty Thermoplastics Book Review:

While the two-volume work ‘Chemical Resistance of Thermoplastics’ covers chemical resistance of high-volume commercial (commodity) thermoplastics, this volume focuses on high performance 'engineering' or 'specialty' thermoplastics. These thermoplastics are usually consumed in smaller volumes, but have desirable characteristics for demanding and high-value applications. This book provides extensive data on chemical resistance tests, and material chemical resistance properties for important specialty thermoplastics including polyarylenes, polymimides and fluoropolymers, polymer alloys and specialty polyethylenes. The chemical resistance data provided enables the reader to make a better material selection decision, avoiding the major economic and business impacts of material failure, and in some cases eliminating the need for screening tests. The data gives detailed information on the parameters of exposure of plastics and their different grades to chemicals and environmental conditions, i.e. chemical compound or solvent, concentration, temperature, the length of time a plastic can withstand such attacks (with, for example, weight change as a key parameter) etc. – answering key questions often arising in the process of product development. This volume comes in an easy-to-use print format – including a list of exposure media enabling cross-referencing to the main material data tables – as well as an online database with an extended data set, and advanced search and navigation features. The single most comprehensive data source covering the chemical resistance properties of thermoplastics A must-have reference for those designing and working in sectors where thermoplastics come into contact with corrosive or reactive substances This new edition includes new chapters that provide the underpinning knowledge needed to fully understand and apply the information in the data sections In the print edition of this book, the data covered in the two volumes are also provided on a CD-ROM (compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems) offering extended navigation and search features

Chemical Resistance of Thermoplastics

Chemical Resistance of Thermoplastics
Author: William Woishnis,Sina Ebnesajjad
Publsiher: William Andrew
Total Pages: 3526
Release: 2011-12-29
ISBN 10: 1455778966
ISBN 13: 9781455778966
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chemical Resistance of Thermoplastics Book Review:

Chemical Resistance of Thermoplastics is a unique reference work, providing a comprehensive cross-referenced compilation of chemical resistance data that explains the effect of thousands of exposure media on the properties and characteristics of commodity thermoplastics. The two volumes cover thermoplastics grouped within the following parts: - Acrylic Polymers and Copolymers - Acrylonitrile Polymers - Cellulosics Polymers - Ionomers - Olefinic Polymers - Polyacetals - Polyacetals - Polyamides - Polycarbonates - Polyesters - Polyurethanes - Polycarbonates - Styrene Copolymers - Styrene Copolymers - Vinyl Chloride Polymers - Vinyl Polymers The single most comprehensive data source covering the chemical resistance properties of high consumption volume commercial thermoplastics A rating number is provided for each test, summarizing the effect of the exposure medium on the given thermoplastic The data covered in the two volumes is also provided as an online publication offering extended navigation and search features

Handbook of Thermoset Plastics 2nd Ed

Handbook of Thermoset Plastics  2nd Ed
Author: Hanna Dodiuk,Sydney H Goodman
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 604
Release: 1999-12-31
ISBN 10: 0815517777
ISBN 13: 9780815517771
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Thermoset Plastics 2nd Ed Book Review:

Once occupying a lesser, yet significant, role in the plastics' industry, thermoset plastics technology has increasingly become important to designers and users who work in specialty applications. Everything from toys to medical devices, and from automotive to sports and recreation products, are being manufactured using thermoset plastics. An increased understanding of thermoset plastics technology and processes has broadened their use exponentially over the last few years. In fact, the importance and contributions of unsaturated polyesters, urethanes, and epoxy thermosets have driven unprecedented sales and production figures that approach the definition of commodity materials. As a survey of the technology, the handbook provides the reader with the practical implications of crosslinking, as well as establishing relationships between time, temperature, and mass, often ignored in the general overviews allotted to thermoset plastics in other handbooks. The Handbook of Thermoset Plastics offers the most complete collection of general and technical details available for this important subject.

Thermoplastic Materials

Thermoplastic Materials
Author: Christopher C. Ibeh
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 640
Release: 2011-04-25
ISBN 10: 1420093843
ISBN 13: 9781420093841
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thermoplastic Materials Book Review:

Practical and affordable, thermoplastics account for more than 90 percent of all plastic materials manufactured. That so many varieties are now available, speaks to the idea that while there is no one perfect material, it is possible to find a material that fits for every application. However, selecting that right material is no small challenge.Ans

Handbook of Thermoplastic Elastomers

Handbook of Thermoplastic Elastomers
Author: Jiri George Drobny
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2014-05-30
ISBN 10: 0323221688
ISBN 13: 9780323221689
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Thermoplastic Elastomers Book Review:

Handbook of Thermoplastic Elastomers, Second Edition presents a comprehensive working knowledge of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), providing an essential introduction for those learning the basics, but also detailed engineering data and best practice guidance for those already involved in polymerization, processing, and part manufacture. TPEs use short, cost-effective production cycles, with reduced energy consumption compared to other polymers, and are used in a range of industries including automotive, medical, construction and many more. This handbook provides all the practical information engineers need to successfully utilize this material group in their products, as well as the required knowledge to thoroughly ground themselves in the fundamental chemistry of TPEs. The data tables included in this book assist engineers and scientists in both selecting and processing the materials for a given product or application. In the second edition of this handbook, all chapters have been reviewed and updated. New polymers and applications have been added — particularly in the growing automotive and medical fields — and changes in chemistry and processing technology are covered. Provides essential knowledge of the chemistry, processing, properties, and applications for both new and established technical professionals in any industry utilizing TPEs Datasheets provide "at-a-glance" processing and technical information for a wide range of commercial TPEs and compounds, saving readers the need to contact suppliers Includes data on additional materials and applications, particularly in automotive and medical industries

Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites

Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites
Author: Michel Biron
Publsiher: William Andrew
Total Pages: 1044
Release: 2012-11-12
ISBN 10: 1455778982
ISBN 13: 9781455778980
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thermoplastics and Thermoplastic Composites Book Review:

This book bridges the technology and business aspects of thermoplastics, providing a guide designed for engineers working in real-world industrial settings. The author explores the criteria for material selection, provides a detailed guide to each family of thermoplastics, and also explains the various processing options for each material type. More than 30 families of thermoplastics are described with information on their advantages and drawbacks, special grades, prices, transformation processes, applications, thermal behaviour, technological properties (tenacity, friction, dimensional stability), durability (ageing, creep, fatigue), chemical and fire behaviour, electrical properties, and joining possibilities. Biron explores the technological properties and economics of the major thermoplastics and reinforced thermoplastics, such as polyethylene, and emerging polymers such as polybenzimidazole, Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) and bioplastics. In the second edition, a new section 'plastics solutions for practical problems' provides over 25 case studies illustrating a wide range of design and production challenges across the spectrum of thermoplastics, from metal and glass replacement solutions, to fire retardant plastics and antimicrobials. In addition, Biron provides major new material on bioplastics and wood plastic composites (WPCs), and fully updated data throughout. Combining materials data, information on processing techniques, and economic aspects (pricing), Biron provides a unique end-to-end approach to the selection and use of materials in the plastics industry and related sectors. • Includes a new section of case studies, illustrating best practice across a wide range of applications and industry sectors. • New material on bioplastics and sustainable composites.

Thermoplastic Composites

Thermoplastic Composites
Author: Haibin Ning
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 343
Release: 2021-11-08
ISBN 10: 1501519050
ISBN 13: 9781501519055
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thermoplastic Composites Book Review:

The book covers various thermoplastic composites, including continuous and discontinuous fiber thermoplastic composites. It describes processing methods and explains the effect of different processing parameters on the structure and performance of thermoplastic composites. Characterization and mechanics of the composite are also discussed in the book.

Handbook of Thermoplastics Second Edition

Handbook of Thermoplastics  Second Edition
Author: Olagoke Olabisi,Kolapo Adewale
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 994
Release: 2016-02-03
ISBN 10: 1466577231
ISBN 13: 9781466577237
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Thermoplastics Second Edition Book Review:

This new edition of the bestselling Handbook of Thermoplastics incorporates recent developments and advances in thermoplastics with regard to materials development, processing, properties, and applications. With contributions from 65 internationally recognized authorities in the field, the second edition features new and updated discussions of several topics, including: Polymer nanocomposites Laser processing of thermoplastic composites Bioplastics Natural fiber thermoplastic composites Materials selection Design and application Additives for thermoplastics Recycling of thermoplastics Regulatory and legislative issues related to health, safety, and the environment The book also discusses state-of-the-art techniques in science and technology as well as environmental assessment with regard to the impact of thermoplastics. Each chapter is written in a review format that covers: Historical development and commercialization Polymerization and process technologies Structural and phase characteristics in relation to use properties The effects of additives on properties and applications Blends, alloys, copolymers, and composites derived from thermoplastics Applications Giving thorough coverage of the most recent trends in research and practice, the Handbook of Thermoplastics, Second Edition is an indispensable resource for experienced and practicing professionals as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in a wide range of disciplines and industries.

Specialty Thermoplastics

Specialty Thermoplastics
Author: Jiri Drobny
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 225
Release: 2015-03-10
ISBN 10: 9783662464182
ISBN 13: 3662464187
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Specialty Thermoplastics Book Review:

The present volume comprises physical data (mechanical, thermal, electrical, optical properties) of three types of specialty thermoplastic materials and provides detailed chemical and process-related information of their behavior in their applications. These materials include fluoroplastics, high-performance engineering thermoplastics, and thermoplastic elastomers. Fluoroplastics are unique polymeric materials, which exhibit exceptional chemical inertness, resistance to elevated temperatures, resistance to ultraviolet radiation, excellent weather resistance, excellent dielectric properties, flame resistance, hydrophobicity, and most of them low coefficients of friction. High Performance Engineering Thermoplastics are engineering thermoplastics with uniquely high mechanical properties and resisting very high temperatures, typically above 150 °C for extended periods of time. Thermoplastic Elastomers are a large group of thermoplastic polymeric materials with elastic properties that can be processed and recycled as common plastics.

Thermoplastic Material Selection

Thermoplastic Material Selection
Author: Eric R. Larson
Publsiher: William Andrew
Total Pages: 364
Release: 2015-04-30
ISBN 10: 0323312659
ISBN 13: 9780323312653
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thermoplastic Material Selection Book Review:

Thermoplastic Material Selection: A Practical Guide presents current information on how proper material selection is a critical component of any manufactured product. The text is a practical guide to a difficult process, giving the reader a fundamental grounding in thermoplastic materials and providing the tools they need to save time, money, and frustration. The book provides an overview of the most commonly used thermoplastic materials, including discussions of the different chemical families, plastics categories, and material grades - and the implications of these differences on the material selection process. It provides fresh insights on the traditional methods of material selection based on performance and cost, and also discusses the use of non-traditional methods based on subjective evaluation. Subsequent sections include references on tools that can be used to conduct further exploration, how to accurately select the most suitable material, writing an effective material specification, and working with material suppliers and distributors. Presents current information on how proper thermoplastics material selection is a critical component of any manufactured product A practical guide to a difficult process, giving the reader a fundamental grounding in thermoplastics material selection and providing the tools they need to save time, money, and frustration Delivers insights on the traditional methods of material selection based on performance and cost, and introduces nontraditional methods based on size, form, appearance, and feel

Handbook of Materials Selection

Handbook of Materials Selection
Author: Myer Kutz
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 1520
Release: 2002-07-22
ISBN 10: 9780471359241
ISBN 13: 0471359246
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook of Materials Selection Book Review:

An innovative resource for materials properties, their evaluation, and industrial applications The Handbook of Materials Selection provides information and insight that can be employed in any discipline or industry to exploit the full range of materials in use today-metals, plastics, ceramics, and composites. This comprehensive organization of the materials selection process includes analytical approaches to materials selection and extensive information about materials available in the marketplace, sources of properties data, procurement and data management, properties testing procedures and equipment, analysis of failure modes, manufacturing processes and assembly techniques, and applications. Throughout the handbook, an international roster of contributors with a broad range of experience conveys practical knowledge about materials and illustrates in detail how they are used in a wide variety of industries. With more than 100 photographs of equipment and applications, as well as hundreds of graphs, charts, and tables, the Handbook of Materials Selection is a valuable reference for practicing engineers and designers, procurement and data managers, as well as teachers and students.

Polymers and Plastics Technology Handbook

Polymers and Plastics Technology Handbook
Author: NIIR Board
Publsiher: ASIA PACIFIC BUSINESS PRESS Inc.
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2004-07-05
ISBN 10: 8178330768
ISBN 13: 9788178330761
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Polymers and Plastics Technology Handbook Book Review:

Plastics play a very important role in our daily lives. Throughout the world the demand for plastic, particularly plastic packaging, continues to rapidly grow. Polymer technology deals with the manufacture and production of polymer and synthetic substances. Plastic is incredibly versatile and can be made from different ingredients, moulded into any shape, and put to a huge range of uses across industry and the rest of society, from carrier bags to electrical cables. Polymer energy system is an award winning, innovative, proprietary process to convert waste plastics into renewable energy. Some of the important example of polymers and plastics are polytetra fluoroethylene (PTFE), polyether sulphone (PES), phenol-formaldehyde (PF), polyolefins, vinyl polymers, thermoplastic polyesters, polysulfones, poly(phenylene sulfide), etc. Polymers are the most rapidly growing sector of the materials industry. The Indian plastic industry has taken great strides. In the last few decades, the industry has grown to the status of a leading sector in the country with a sizable base. The material is gaining notable importance in different spheres of activity and the per capita consumption is increasing at a fast pace. Continuous advancements and developments in polymer technology, processing machineries, expertise, and cost effective manufacturing is fast replacing the typical materials in different segments with plastics. On the basis of value added, Indian share of plastic products industry is about 0.5% of national GDP. The major contents of the book are properties and applications of speciality plastics, thermoset plastics, applications of recycle plastics, introduction of polymer science, polymer additives, blends and composites, commodity thermoplastics and fibres etc. This book also consists of raw material suppliers for plastic and plastic products, manufacturers of plastic, processing machinery, plastics processing machinery and equipment (foreign), machinery and equipment for plastic converting, extruders and extrusion lines, injection moulding machines, presses and accessories, blow moulding and thermoforming machines etc. The book has been designed with the idea of blending and integrating basic polymer science and the technology of plastics into a composite structure. This book is an outcome of an endeavour in the direction of polymer and plastic processing. It would be of immense use to entrepreneurs, consultants, students and libraries etc.

Processing of Polymers

Processing of Polymers
Author: Chris Defonseka
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 172
Release: 2020-09-21
ISBN 10: 3110656426
ISBN 13: 9783110656428
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Processing of Polymers Book Review:

Polymers are converted into finished products through a series of steps which include mixing in additives and various types of forming. Following an introduction to polymer science and its importance to various fields, the author describes these processes from a practical, application-oriented perspective. Global suppliers of raw materials, machinery and equipment are also given, making this book an invaluable resource for industry practitioners.

Chemical Resistance of Engineering Thermoplastics

Chemical Resistance of Engineering Thermoplastics
Author: Erwin Baur,Katja Ruhrberg,William Woishnis
Publsiher: William Andrew
Total Pages: 1200
Release: 2016-06-24
ISBN 10: 0323473601
ISBN 13: 9780323473606
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chemical Resistance of Engineering Thermoplastics Book Review:

Chemical Resistance of Engineering Thermoplastics provides a comprehensive, cross-referenced compilation of chemical resistance data that explains the effect of thousands of reagents, the environment, and other exposure media on the properties and characteristics of engineering thermoplastics – plastics which are generally used in higher performance applications. A huge range of exposure media are included, from aircraft fuel to alcohol, corn syrup to hydrochloric acid, and salt to silver acetate. This information has been substantially updated, curated, and organized by the engineers at M-Base Engineering + Software, a leading supplier of material databases, material information systems, product information systems, and material related simulation software. This book is a must-have reference for engineers and scientists who are designing and working with plastics and elastomers in environments where they come into contact with corrosive or reactive substances, from food, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices to the automotive, aerospace, and semiconductor industries. Explains the effect of thousands of reagents, the environment, and other exposure media on the properties and characteristics of engineering thermoplastics Substantially updated, curated, and organized by the engineers at M-Base Engineering + Software, a leading supplier of material databases and material information systems Provides a comprehensive, cross-referenced compilation of chemical resistance data

Plastics Materials

Plastics Materials
Author: Arthur W. Birley
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2012-12-06
ISBN 10: 1461536642
ISBN 13: 9781461536642
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Plastics Materials Book Review:

Plastics are part of everyday life and contribute immensely to the benefit of humanity. When failures occur, they are due in part either to inferior properties (resulting from poor design or badly controlled processing), or to an incomplete understanding of the properties and applications of plastics materials. Since publication of the first edition, the plastics industry has increas ingly adopted advanced business procedures and automation (such as closed loop control and robotics), to combat the effects of recession, and has moved increasingly towards methods based on sound scientific and technological principles. Plastics have increasingly been used in appli cations once dominated by the use of metals and ceramics. For instance, in the automotive industry, the modern car now contains a much higher proportion of polymers, including commodity plastics and more spec ialized materials. In addition, compact discs are being made from new injection-moulding grades of polycarbonate, which meet the requirements of a demanding process. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and extended to include new materials, technologies and design concepts. Chapters on thermoplastics reflect the development of polymer blends and alloys, whilst the chapters devoted to thermosets have been reorganized to accommodate the renaissance in the applications of phenolics and to cover the growing importance of polyurethanes. The related two component process technologies are now included; having undergone major developments in the last decade, they have become important shaping processes.