The Effect of Radiation on Properties of Polymers presents essential data and information on the effects of radiation on plastics and elastomers. Polymers are required in products or parts for a range of cutting-edge applications that are exposed radiation, in areas such as space, medicine, and radiation processing. This book focuses on the effects of this radiation exposure within that environment, providing in-depth data coverage organized by category of polymer. Aspects such as radiation impact on mechanical properties and thermal properties, including glass transition temperature and heat deflection temperature, are described, demonstrating how changes in these properties affect the performance of plastic or elastomer parts. The effect of radiation on electrical properties is also included. Supporting introductory chapters explains the key concepts of radiation, and of physical, mechanical, and thermal properties of plastics and elastomers.
This is a vital resource for plastics engineers, product designers, and R&D professionals, working on products or parts for radioactive environments, as well as engineers and scientists in medical, nuclear, and radiation processing industries. The book also supports researchers and scientists in plastics engineering, polymer processing and properties, polymer and coatings chemistry, materials science, and radiation.
- Brings together highly valuable data on the effect of radiation on the properties of polymers and elastomers
- Enables the reader the compare properties and to select the best possible materials for specific applications
- Supported by detailed explanations and analysis, ensuring that the reader understands how to interpret and utilize the data
1. Introduction to radiation processes and environments 2. Introduction to the Physical, Mechanical, and Thermal Properties of Plastics and Elastomers 3. Effect of Radiation on the properties of Styrenic Plastics 4. Effect of radiation on the properties of polyester polymers 5. Effect of radiation on the properties of Polyimide polymers 6. Effect of radiation on the properties of Polyamide polymers 7. Effect of radiation on the properties of Polyolefin polymers 8. The effect of Radiation on the properties of Polyvinyl & Acrylic polymers 9. The effect of Radiation on the properties of Elastomers 10. The effect of Radiation on the properties of Fluoropolymer polymers 11. The effect of Radiation on the properties of High Temperature/High Performance Polymers 12. Laminates
Larry McKeen has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and worked for DuPont Fluoroproducts from 1978-2014. As a Senior Research Associate Chemist, he was responsible for new product development including application technology and product optimization for particular end-uses, and product testing. He retired from DuPont at the end of 2014 and is currently a consultant.