Rigid thermoplastic foams

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Series titleCanadian Building Digest; no. 167
Physical description6 P.
Subjectthermoplastic resin; cellular plastics; foam (state); properties of materials; Cellular plastics (plastic foam); Foam
AbstractThermoplastic foams have properties normally associated with thermoplastics. Thus, they are generally susceptible to attack by organic solvents and exhibit a definite melting range. Thermoplastic foams are not adaptable to batch mixing operations nor to on-site (in situ) placement. The major commercial types of thermoplastic foams are polystyrene, poly(vinyl chloride) and cellulose acetate; other well known commercial thermoplastic foams are based on polyethylene, polypropylene and ABS. The most widely used is polystyrene, which is available as two main types: extruded foam and moulded bead foam. The thermoplastic foams are used primarily as thermal insulation. They are also used in flotation applications and in the packaging field.
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PublisherDivision of Building Research. National Research Council Canada
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAussi disponible en français : Les thermoplastiques alvéolaires (mousses thermoplastiques) rigides
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NRC number620
NPARC number20330409
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Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2016-05-09
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