Plastic foams

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Series titleCanadian Building Digest; no. 166
Physical description6 p.
Subjectcellular plastics; properties of materials; porosity; Cellular plastics (plastic foam); Foam
AbstractThis Digest discusses the nature and general properties of plastic foams (or cellular plastics). Plastic foams may be either open-cell or closed-cell; they may be flexible, semi- flexible (or semi-rigid) and rigid, depending on the degree of rigidity of the plastic matrix. Rigid closed-cell foams can have good thermal insulation properties and buoyancy characteristics. Open-cell foams can have good cushioning properties (e.g. flexible) and sound absorbing characteristics. Since plastic foams have a relatively large surface area, the problem of flammability is more acute than with bulk plastics.
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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 plastiques alvéolaires (mousses plastiques)
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number618
NPARC number20328607
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Record created2012-07-18
Record modified2016-05-09
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