About the Book
There is only one source of openly available information on commercial size formulations and that is the patents of the glass fibre manufacturers. This book contains analysis of more than 500 examples of patented size formulations many of which are probably still in use in commercial glass fibre production. The information is tabulated to allow readers to easily identify the similarities and differences between the sizes and their glass fibre products developed for different composite end-use applications, different composite processing techniques, and compatibility with different polymers. Also included is a chapter discussing how patents and their associated information can be used to gain insight into which size formulations may actually be in use in glass fibre production.
List of Chapter Titles
• Sizes And Sizing In Glass Fibre Production
• Size Formulations In Patents
• Size Patents Of Owens Corning
• Size Patents Of Vetrotex
• Size Patents Of PPG Fiber Glass
• Size Patents From Other Companies
• Glass Fibre Product Identification
• Conclusions From This Review
244 pages, 13 Figures, 131 Tables, 5 Appendices
Professor Jim Thomason is an internationally-recognized scientist known for his research into glass fibres and reinforced composites structure-performance relationships. He has had 25 years experience in the research laboratories of two major materials multinationals (Shell Chemicals and Owens Corning Fibreglass), involving extensive fundamental research and development of glass fibre sizes and coatings for enhanced composite performance. He has published more than 200 articles and holds 5 patents in composites technology. In 2007 Jim was appointed Professor of Advanced Materials and Composites at the University of Strathclyde. He is currently applying his experience from both sides of the Industry-Academia interface to build the Advanced Composites Group whose mission is to provide fundamental scientific and industrially relevant research understanding of reinforced polymer composites. He is still highly active in the field of sizes and interfaces in glass fibre reinforced composites.