The Definitive Processing Guide and Handbook


  • Harold F. Giles Jr
  • Eldridge M. Mount III, Crescent Associates, Inc., Rochester, NY, USA
  • John R. Wagner, Jr., Crescent Associates, Inc., Rochester, NY, USA

Why is it important to get to equilibrium and how long does it take? Are there problems running polypropylene profiles on a single screw extruder? Does the job involve compounding color concentrates on a corotating twin screw extruder? This unique reference work is designed to aid operators, engineers, and managers in quickly answering such practical day-to-day questions in extrusion processing. This comprehensive volume is divided into 7 Parts. It contains detailed reference data on such important operating conditions as temperatures, start-up procedures, shear rates, pressure drops, and safety. This reference is a practical guide to extrusion bringing together both the equipment and materials processing aspects. It provides basic and advanced topics about the thermoplastics processing in the extruder, for reference and training. Parts 1 û 3, emphasize the fundamentals, for operators and engineers, of polymeric materials extrusion processing in single and twin screw extruders. Parts 4 û 7 treat advanced topics including troubleshooting, auxiliary equipment, and coextrusion for operators, engineers, and managers. Extensive applications in Part 7 cover such contemporary areas as compounding, blown film, extrusion blow molding, coating, foam, and reprocessing. Each chapter includes review topics.
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Everyone involved in the extrusion industry needing a reference that deals with all the day-to-day activities in processing plastics, including troubleshooting.


Book information

  • Published: December 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-8155-1473-2


"A lasting impression is the book is very good technically and is written by knowledgeable and thoughtful authors who know what they are writing about." - Current Engineering Practice, Vol. 46, 2006

Table of Contents

Single Screw Extrusion Extrusion Process Extrusion Safety Equipment Plastic Behavior Screw Design Processing Conditions Scale-up Shear Rates, Pressure Drops, and Other Extruder Calculations Glossary Twin Screw Extrusion Extrusion Process Extrusion Safety Equipment: Corotating, Counter-rotating, Non-intermeshing, and Conical Plastic Behavior Screw Design Shear Rates, and Other Twin Screw Calculations Polymeric Materials Definition and Identification of Different Polymer Types Polymerization Mechanism Polymer Types and Structure Effect of Molecular Weight on Extrusion Crystalline versus Amorphous Polymers Rheology Physical Properties Polymer Processing PART 2Troubleshooting the Extrusion Process Problem Solving Five Step Process Design of Experiments Quality Troubleshooting: Mechanical, Product, Sheet, Coextrusion, Pipe/Profile, Blown Film, Cast Film Auxiliary Equipment Feed Systems/Blenders Gravimetric/Volumetric Feeders Resin Dryers Gear Pumps Screen Changers Granulators/Pulverizers Screw Cleaning Purge Materials Coextrusion Objective of Coextrusion Equipment Material Consideration Extrusion Applications Compounding Sheet/Film Blown Film Profile Pipe/Tubing Wire Coating Monofilament Extrusion Blow Molding Coating/Lamination Foam Coextrusion Reprocessing