This book focuses on the polyolefin additives that are currently important in the plastics industry, alongside new additives of increasing interest, such as nanofillers and environmentally sustainable materials. As much as possible, each chapter emphasizes the performance of the additives in the polymer, and the value each relevant additive brings to polypropylene or polyethylene. Where possible, similar additives are compared by capability and relative cost.
With major sections for each additive function, this book provides a highly practical guide for engineers and scientists creating and using polyolefin compounds, who will find in this book a wealth of detail and practical guidance. This unique resource will enable them to make practical decisions about the use of the various additives, fillers, and reinforcements specific to this family of materials.
Molders and extruders (business managers) who want to know how additives can be used to cut costs or expand markets. Compounders who need a quick-reference guide that covers additive types outside of their range of expertise. Material-selection engineers and designers who need a sense of what properties are offered among a sometimes confusing collection of additives, filler, and reinforcements. Sales personnel who need to know the basics behind the materials/products they sell. Laboratory characterization technologists who need to understand the components of the plastics they analyze. Compounding or other technicians who want to advance their careers by gaining a better understanding of what materials they're handling. Researchers and students that need an overview of polyolefin additives that stays within the context of the end-use of these plastics. Purchasing agents who need to understand key terms behind the materials they purchase.
- Structured to make it easy for the reader to find solutions for specific property requirements
- Contains a number of short case studies about companies that have used or developed a particular additive to achieve a desired result
- Covers environmental resistance, mechanical property enhancement, appearance enhancement, processing aids, and other modifications of form and function
Michael Tolinski is a freelance writer and a lecturer at the University of Michigan's College of Engineering. He is a frequent contributor to Plastics Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering.