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"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"
"Never in the field of material science has so much of the success of so many applications depended on the knowledge of so few"   
Glass fibre reinforcements form the foundation of a composites industry with a global annual production of greater than 10 million tons of high performance, light-weight, carbon footprint lowering materials. Possibly the most critical component involved in the manufacture of glass fibres and their composites is the fibre sizing. Yet because of the intense level of industrial secrecy around sizings there are very few people in the vast chain of composite materials suppliers, processors and end users who have more than a superficial understanding of glass fibre sizings. There are many questions which this large and growing composite community poses about sizings.
 
Which analytical techniques are most useful in sizing research? Who has published research results on sizings and their ingredients? Which silanes are the most researched for use in sizings? Which glass fibre manufacturers have reported research findings on sizings? This review will act as a guide to obtaining some of the answers to these and many other questions about glass fibre sizings.
Of the many questions which this large and growing composite community poses about sizings, the most frequently asked is probably “what is actually in the size on this glass fibre product?” 
 
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.

Size, Sizing, Sizings, Glass, Fibre, Glass Fibre, Fiber, Glass Fiber, Glassfibre, Fibreglass, Fiberglass, Thomason, GRP, FRP, Composite, Composites, Size formulation, size analysis, sizing analysis, sizing formulation, manufacturing, processing, formulation, OCV, Owens Corning, PPG, Vetrotex, Jushi, Johns Manville, Interface, Interphase