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Polymer International 42 (1997) 127È128
Book Reviews
(PALS) as a probe for free volume in polymers and their composites.
In the section on processing and modelling, there is one
paper on Ñow, thermal stress and crystallisation during injection moulding. Another paper describes the interaction of
PEEK and polysulphones with supercritical Ñuids. The
remaining papers deal in one way or another with thermal
breakdownÈmodelling of ablation, Monte Carlo simulation
of high temperature degradation and fracture, autocatalytic
modelling of weight loss results and degradation kinetics.
The third and Ðnal section on applications (although characterisation would be a more apt title) and new materials concentrates largely upon polyimides, polyamideimides and
polybenzimidazoles. Synthesis of the polymers, and characterisation by the usual methods of viscosity, TGA, DSC and
DMA are described. Another common theme (three papers) is
the incorporation of phospine oxide groups into the polymer
backbone. One specialised paper deals with the inÑuence of
chemical structure on the refractive index of polyimides.
The papers are all well set out and written, and a fair proportion of the references (33%) date from 1991 or later. Those
concerned with high temperature, high performance polymers
would certainly want to read this compendium.
High-temperature properties and applications of polymeric
Edited by M. R. Tant, J. W. Connell and H. L. N. McManus.
American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 1995.
pp. viii ] 256, price US$69.95.
ISBN 0-8412-3313-6
This book contains the proceedings of an ACS symposium
held at San Diego, California, in March 1994. The papers are
reproduced from camera-ready copy, with the usual mixture
of type fonts and methods of referencing tables, Ðgures, etc. All
the papers are, however, clear and easily legible.
The book comprises 16 papers, 12 from the USA and one
each from Australia, Canada, France and Italy, with the
majority from academic institutions. Following an overview
paper, the remainder are divided into three sections dealing,
respectively, with properties (four papers), processing and
modelling (Ðve), and applications and new materials (six).
The overview paper covers heat transfer mechanisms, thermophysical and thermomechanical properties and gives a very
brief summary of polymers for high temperature applications.
The section on properties also considers thermophysical
properties of carbon Ðbre-reinforced epoxies and phenolics
and thermogravimetric analysis of silicone polymers with and
without cerium and zirconium octanoates as stabilisers. More
specialised techniques employed are MoireÏ interferometry at
elevated temperatures and positron annihilation spectroscopy
W. W. Wright
Polymer International 0959-8103/97/$09.00 ( 1997 SCI. Printed in Great Britain
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