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Reverse Engineering of Rubber Products: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques

Saikat Das Gupta, Rabindra Mukhopadhyay, Krishna C. Baranwal, Anil K. Bhowmick
March 31, 2017

Reverse engineering is widely practiced in the rubber industry. Companies routinely analyze competitors’ products to gather information about specifications or compositions. In a competitive market, introducing new products with better features and at a faster pace is critical for any manufacturer....

Functional Polymer Blends: Synthesis, Properties, and Performance

Vikas Mittal
March 31, 2017

With their broad range of properties, polymer blends are widely used in adhesion, colloidal stability, the design of composite and biocompatible materials, and other areas. As the science and technology of polymer blends advances, an increasing number of polymer blend systems and applications...

Polyurethane Shape Memory Polymers

W.M. Huang, Bin Yang, Yong Qing Fu
March 30, 2017

Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are some of the most important and valuable engineering materials developed in the last 25 years. These fascinating materials demonstrate remarkably versatile properties—including capacity for actuation and stimulus responsiveness—that are enabling technologists to...

FRP Deck and Steel Girder Bridge Systems: Analysis and Design

Julio F. Davalos, An Chen, Pizhong Qiao
March 29, 2017

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) decks have been increasingly used for new construction and rehabilitation projects worldwide. The benefits of using FRP bridge decks, such as durability, light weight, high strength, reduced maintenance costs, and rapid installation, outweigh their initial in-place...

Chitosan-Based Hydrogels: Functions and Applications

Kangde Yao, Junjie Li, Fanglian Yao, Yuji Yin
March 29, 2017

Due to their unique properties, chitosan-based materials have emerged as useful resources in a variety of medicines, drug controlled-release carriers, tissue engineering scaffolds, and immobilized enzymes. But many of these materials have yet to reach the commercial market. Therefore, more work...

Solar Module Packaging: Polymeric Requirements and Selection

Michelle Poliskie
March 29, 2017

While global demand for photovoltaic (PV) modules has increased approximately 45 percent per year over the past decade, PV modules must be durable and inexpensive to compete with traditional energy resources. Often overlooked as a means to improve solar technology, polymer packaging is not only the...

Polymer Nanocomposites for Dielectrics

Katie Zhong, Bin Li
January 12, 2017

Polymers have been used as dielectric materials owing to their light weight, great flexibility, and processability as well as high insulation properties. To enhance their performance for various desired dielectric applications, fabrication of polymeric nanocomposites is believed to be one of...

Introduction to Polymer Chemistry, Fourth Edition

Charles E. Carraher Jr.
January 11, 2017

Introduction to Polymer Chemistry provides undergraduate students with a much-needed, well-rounded presentation of the principles and applications of natural, synthetic, inorganic, and organic polymers. With an emphasis on the environment and green chemistry and materials, this fourth edition...

Polymer Glasses

Connie B. Roth
December 21, 2016

"the present book will be of great value for both newcomers to the field and mature active researchers by serving as a coherent and timely introduction to some of the modern approaches, ideas, results, emerging understanding, and many open questions in this fascinating field of polymer glasses,...

Green Polymer Composites Technology: Properties and Applications

November 07, 2016

This book is a comprehensive introduction to "green" or environmentally friendly polymer composites developed using renewable polymers of natural origin such as starch, lignin, cellulose acetate, poly-lactic acid (PLA), polyhydroxylalkanoates (PHA), polyhydroxylbutyrate (PHB), etc., and the...

Polymeric Foams: Innovations in Processes, Technologies, and Products

Shau-Tarng Lee
October 26, 2016

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,...

Aqueous Polymeric Coatings for Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms, Fourth Edition

Linda A. Felton
October 13, 2016

Aqueous-based film coating has become routine in the pharmaceutical industry. This process eliminates the use of organic solvents and thus avoids economic, environmental, and toxicological issues related to residual solvents and solvent recovery. Aqueous-based coating, however, is complex and many...