This is the first volume of a four volume set to be published in the next six months. This handbook is intended to provide an overview of the theory and practice of polymer blends and composites. It is a collection of monographs on the subject of polymer blends and composites but much remains to be done and understood. The subject is huge and the number of pages is limited. The first two volumes are concerned with the state-of-the-art in composites development, characteristics of particulate fillers and fibre reinforcements and interface characteristics, main procedures of composite manufacture and their applications. The other two volumes are dedicated to polymer blends.
Practical and theoretical investigations are presented, which are aimed at generating an understanding of the fundamental nature of polymer mixtures and composites and describing progress in the thermodynamics of mixing (both in solution and solid state) of binary and multi-component systems.
This book will be useful to students, researchers, academics and workers in industry, who have an interest in polymer blends and composites.
1. History of Composites
2. Particulate Fillers and Fibre Reinforcements
3. Composites in Asia
4. Advances in Wood-based Composites in China
5. Overview of the Use of Composites Worldwide
6. The Interface in Polymer Composites
7. Novel Multifunctional Epoxy Resins
8. Flame Retardant Polyester Resins
9. Cure Kinetics of Vinyl Ester Resins
10. Cure Monitoring
11. Curing and Bonding of Composites using Electron Beam Processing
12 composites at the Turn of the Century
Anand Kumar Kulshreshtha joined the Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association (ATIRA) as a Senior Scientific Officer in 1970, where he worked on the morphology and properties of natural fibres (cellulose). In 1975 he became a United Nations Fellow at the then Polytechnic Institute of New York with Professors E.M.Pearce and G.C.Tesoro. In 1978-1979 he worked as a postdoc at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. From 1979-1980, he was a NRC Resident Research Associate at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Currently he is Senior Manager (R&D) and Leader for Polymer and Information Groups at the Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd., Vadodara. He is on the editorial board of the journal, 'Popular Plastics & Packaging' and author of about 200 research papers, articles and book chapters.
Cornelia Vasile is senior researcher at the Romanian Academy, 'P.Poni' Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi, Romania and Associate Professor at Laval University-Quebec Canada, 'Gh. Asachi' Technical University of Iasi and 'Al.I.Cuza' University of Iasi. She received her PhD degree in the physical chemistry of macromolecules from 'Al.I.Cuza' University of Iasi, Romania. Cornelia is the author or co-author of seven books, 250 scientific articles and 75 technical reports, as well as the holder of 38 patents. She is a member of the IUPAC, the Romanian Associations of Romanian Scientists and for Basic Research, the Commissions of the Romanian Academy for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, and of Environmental Protection.