Polymer Science

Polymeric Thermosetting Compounds
Innovative Aspects of Their Formulation Technology

Ralph D. Hermansen

Polymeric Thermosetting Compounds

Published. Now available.
Pub Date: July 2016
Hardback Price: $159.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771883146
E-Book ISBN: 9781771883153
Pages: 406pp w index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 35 b/w illustrations

“Ralph Hermansen has capitalized on his well-known reputation in the formulating of high-tech aerospace technology. In this book, he delves into the processes that engineers use to convert raw polymers into compounded systems used to resolve vexing design problems. The text demonstrates a how-to approach to extend successful formulation to new and unexpected product needs. Ralph covers primarily polyurethane and epoxy resins and adds interesting methodology for other types of polymers as well. This compendium will prove useful to experienced compounders, formulators, and designers. Newcomers to the field will also find its advanced primer-like structure helpful.”
—Sidney H. Goodman, PhD, Principal Engineer/Scientist (Emeritus), Raytheon/Hughes Aerospace Corp., and Senior Lecturer (Emeritus), University of Southern California

“The author provides an excellent account of the intricacies of custom formulation based on a career in the industry. The breadth of topics covered, including the very basics to more advanced applications such as aerospace and automotive electronics, makes it a must-have for both students as well as experts. This book fills a substantial need for insight into the formulation process from an industrial expert that discusses not only the scientific approach, but also the inner workings of the important business decisions that are required for successful implementation. The summary of the compounds patented by the author, along with the full explanation of properties and experimental testing procedures, serves as an excellent reference guide for materials scientists working on a wide variety of projects. I highly recommend this book to professionals and students as there is a wealth of knowledge made available to those wishing to launch their career within this discipline.”
—Dr. Brent G. Pautler, Application Scientist at Advanced Chemistry Development Inc. (ACD/Labs)

Engineering design teams sometimes have need of a material that may not exist because the combination of required properties is difficult to achieve. One solution is to develop a new material having the required set of properties needed in the application. During the author's 40-year career he has successfully worked on many such problems. The uniquely useful and valuable book, Polymeric Thermosetting Compounds: Innovative Aspects of Their Formulation Technology, presents twenty of those design problems and the solutions, which resulted in patents and spin-off applications.

Author Ralph Hermansen, with years of experience of hands-on experience, is an expert in formulating epoxies, polyurethanes, and other polymers into compounds that have unique properties, and here he shares his knowledge and experience of attaining novel solutions to very challenging problems. He covers polymeric compounds such as coatings, adhesives, encapsulants, transparent plastics, and others.

Chapters describe the design problem and define which key properties are sought in the new material. The author shares his thinking about how to approach the formulating problem and describes the experimental procedures used to eventually solve the problem. Patent information is shared as well. Once a new family of polymeric compounds is developed, that technology can be used to attack new unsolved materials problems, or “spin-offs,” and real-life examples are provided to help readers see new applications of the technologies described in the earlier chapters.

The book will be of interest to a diverse group of people. Industry professionals already in the business of selling specialty compounds may be able to add new products to their catalogs with little research cost or time by using the information in the book. Formulators, trying to develop a new compound to challenging requirements, may gain insight into how to make a breakthrough. The information in the book will be very valuable to companies needing these novel solutions. And younger people wondering what a career in materials science would be like get a first-hand commentary from someone who has done it.


  • explains how to solve design problems and how to identify key properties to solve the problems
  • shows how to approach material development efforts and carry them out successfully
  • provides a look into a 40-year career in plastics/elastomerics development and may provide insight for aspiring plastics engineers
  • explains how to develop “spin off” the new technology for new products

To read an interview with the author: Interview Link

Part 1: Custom Formulating
1. Materials and Process Engineering
2. The Art and Science of Formulating

Part 2: Thermal Transfer Adhesives for Space Electronics
3. Thermal-Transfer Filleting Adhesives
4. Flexible Epoxy Thermal-Transfer Adhesives for Flatpacks
5. More About the New Thermal Transfer Adhesives
6. Superior Thermal Transfer Adhesive

Part 3: Other Custom-Formulated Compounds for Aerospace Electronics Applications
7. Radio-Opaque Adhesive/Sealant
8. Low Exotherm, Low-Temperature-Curing Epoxy Impregnants
9. Platable Adhesives for Cyanate Ester Composites
10. Reworkable, Thermally-Conductive Adhesives for Electronic Assemblies
11. Room-Temperature-Stable, One-Component, Flexible Epoxy Adhesives

Part 4: Custom-Formulated Compounds for Automotive Electronics Applications
12. Air Bag Sensor Encapsulation
13. Reactive Hot Melt Conformal Coating Materials
14. Solder Joint Lead Encapsulation

Part 5: Custom-Formulated Organic Solder to Eliminate Lead
15. Formulation of a Drop-Resistant Organic Solder

Part 6: Rigid Polyurethanes for Aircraft Transparencies
16. Sierraclad™ Bird-Proof Canopies and Windshields

Part 7: Three Niche Technologies
17. Flexipoxy Technology
18. Hacthane Technology
19. Transparent Polyurethane Plastics

Part 8: Spin-Off Applications
20. Spin-off from Our Thermal Transfer Adhesives Patents
21. Spin-off from Our Electrically-Conductive Adhesives Patents
22. Spin-off from Our Encapsulants, Potting Compounds and Impregnants Patents
23. Spin-Off from Our High Volume Electronic Assembly Materials Patents
24. Spin-off from Our Specialty Adhesives Patents
25. Spin-off from Our Specialty Rigid Thermosets Patents
Appendix I: The Science of Rubbery Materials

About the Authors / Editors:
Ralph D. Hermansen
Formerly Senior Scientist, Hughes Aircraft Company, El Segundo, California

Ralph D. Hermansen was formerly Senior Scientist at Hughes Aircraft Company in El Segundo, California. He was very active in the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Processes Engineering (SAMPE) and has presented papers annually and attended many seminars and sessions. He has 21 patent awards and won best inventor award in 1991 from Hughes Aircraft Company. He has taught courses at HAC as an instructor in their Advanced Technical Education Program (ATEP) for several years materials engineering and Pascal Programming Language and is the author of Formulating Plastics and Elastomers by Computer (Elsevier). Mr. Hermansen was known nationwide as one to see with challenging material problems. Anxious clients, from as far across the continent, traveled to seek his help with "unsolvable problems.” He currently reviews books in his field.

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