D. Feldman, Concordia University, Canada
This chapter discusses polymeric foams used mainly for building insulation with a view to saving energy. It deals first with a brief foam history, the necessary materials for foam production, the polymers and the foaming (blowing) agents, and the foaming mechanism. It continues with the type of processing polymers for foam production and underlines the thermoplastic and thermosetting foams manufactured for the construction industry. It ends with foam main properties and future trends in the field of polymeric insulation materials.
thermoplastics and thermosettings