Screw optimization of a co-rotating twin-screw extruder for a binary immiscible blend

Tommi P. Vainio*, Ali Harlin, Jukka V. Seppälä

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    The effect of the screw configuration of a closely intermeshing co-rotating twin-screw extruder on residence time and mixing efficiency was studied for an uncompatibilized immiscible PA6/PP (80:20) bend. Alternative screw configurations were investigated systematically. The residence time distribution (RTD) was found to be a poor indicator of the total mixing efficiency, whereas the mixing intensity function yielded considerably better information. High shear stress, sufficient residence time, and high fill ratio in the melting section of the screw were the most important factors in achieving good dispersion of the minor phase. The evolution of morphology along the screw axis depended strongly on the screw configuration. The downstream flow characteristics after the screw end determined the final morphology of the blend.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)225-232
    Number of pages8
    JournalPolymer Engineering and Science
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 1995
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • morphology
    • PAG/PP
    • polymer blends
    • residence time distribution
    • screw configuration

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