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.

chapter 1|60 pages

Molecular Origins of Toughness in Polymers

ByJozef Bicerano, Jerry T. Seitz

chapter 2|24 pages

Multiphase Toughening of Plastics

ByCharles B. Arends

chapter 3|28 pages

Grafted Rubber Concentrates

ByDale M. Pickelman

chapter 4|18 pages

Crazing in Intrinsically Tough-High-Performance Thermoset Resins

ByPhilip C. Yang, Hung-Jue Sue, Matthew T. Bishop

chapter 5|44 pages

Fracture Behavior of Rubber-Modified High-Performance Epoxies

ByHung-Jue Sue, E. I. Garcia-Meitin, Dale M. Pickelman

chapter 6|14 pages

Rubber-Toughened Thermosets

ByFrederick J. McGarry

chapter 7|48 pages


ByGeorge W. Knight

chapter 8|56 pages

The Manufacture and Physical Properties of Rubber-Toughened Styrenics

ByDavid E. Henton, Robert A. Bubeck

chapter 9|46 pages

Polyurethane Polymer Toughness

ByRalph D. Priester, D. Roger Moore, Robert B. Turner

chapter 10|42 pages

Design of Tough Epoxy Thermosets

ByBruce L. Burton, James L. Bertram

chapter 11|30 pages

Toughness in Thermoset Coatings

ByRobert A. DuBois, David S. Wang, David Sheih