Reporting on the work of an international team of scientists actively involved in the study of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) based on polyesters, polyamides, and polyurethanes, this book is the first to provide a detailed description of condensation TPE with close attention paid to polyamide-based systems. Reflecting the increasing importance of TPE as engineering plastics, the authors discuss the widened application opportunities by preparing systems with various chemical compositions and molecular structures as (semi-) interpenetrating networks. The contents also cover the chemical aspects, physical structure and properties, life cycle assessment, and recycling possibilities as well as such unique "smart" properties like the shape memory effect of the three classes of thermoplastic elastomers.
Table of contents
POLYESTER-BASED THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS
1.Polyester-based thermoplastic elastomers: chemical aspects
2.Phase and deformation behaviour of poly(etherester) thermoplastic elastomer
3.Thermoplastic elastomers morphology and its evolution during straining. Progress in synchrotron radiation facilities and in method development.
POLYAMIDE-BASED THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS
4.Polyamide 6-based thermoplastic elastomer (PEBAS): Chemical aspects
5.Polyamide 6-based thermoplastic elastomer (PEBAX): Structure, properties and applications
POLYURETHANE-BASED THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS
6.Polyurethane-based thermoplastic elastomers: chemical aspects
7.Thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers in interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs): Synthesis, structure and properties
8.Ionically conductive polyurethane based systems
9.Alkylhydrazine-containg and soft-segment ionic polyurethanes
10.Elastomers of the polycondensation type based on hydrazine
BLENDS, LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT AND RECYCLING of THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS BY POLYCONDENSATION AND POLYADDITION
11.Blends with condensation thermoplastic elastomers
12.Nanoreinforced condensation thermoplastic elastomers
13.Life cycle assessment and recycling of thermoplastic elastomers by polycondensation and polyaddition
"This very useful volume will be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of any serious researcher in the field of thermoplastic elastomers...In general the various contributions are comprehensive, interesting, diverse, well referenced and well written."
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics