The second edition of the Handbook of Plastics Joining is a unique reference publication that provides detailed descriptions of joining processes and an extensive compilation of data on the joining of particular plastic materials. Plastics joining experts at The Welding Institute have significantly revised the information on joining processes and have included new welding techniques such as flash free welding and friction stir welding. In addition, the data on the joining of specific plastic materials has been updated to include the vast amount of new information that has been published over the last ten years.The volume is divided into two main parts: processes and materials. The processing part is divided into 18 chapters, each discussing a different joining technique: heated tool, ultrasonic, vibration, spin, radio frequency, hot gas, extrusion, laser, infrared, resistive implant, induction, flash free, friction stir, microwave and solvent welding; heat sealing, adhesive bonding and mechanical fastening.A systematic approach has been taken to discuss each method. Typically, the following subjects are discussed for each method: process, advantages and disadvantages, applications, materials, equipment, joint design and welding parameters. This gives a concise but thorough evaluation of the potentials of each method and includes the required knowledge to use this information for practical purposes. The second part of the book covers material-specific joining information. It includes 25 generic polymer families (e.g. polyamides), each containing information on one or more polymers (e.g. nylon 6, 66, 612, 11, 12, etc). The polymers involved are grouped within thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers and rubbers. Each section on a particular polymer contains information organized according to the different joining methods that have been used for this material. In addition, the book contains an international suppliers directory and a glossary of the key terms used in plastics joining.