This important new handbook draws on the experience of leading industrial and academic specialists to describe virtually every type of polymer foam. The book is the intended to help scientists, engineers and technicians in their efforts to develop practical solutions for industrial design and process manufacturing challenges. It fully describes all classes of polymeric foam including their chemistry, synthesis, commercial production methods, properties and applications. Fundamentals of foam formation are also carefully explained. The internationally known contributors present data and techniques relevant to the study of polymer composites and other materials, along with manufacturing techniques for foamed and porous plastics. Amply illustrated, carefully indexed, and organized by incremental headings for easy reference, the handbook is the first comprehensive reference on the subject, offering a huge store of information in one convenient resource.