Breakthrough Polymer Finishing Technology: Manufacturing Productivity and Polymer Performance Enhancements

Andre L. Lee, Frank J. Feher, Gerald F. Brem, John D. Barber

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Abstract

The viscosity of polymers can be reduced at typical molding stresses and temperatures by the addition of a small amount (≤ 2 percent by weight) of a micron-scale solid. Although many solids may exhibit some effect on polymer viscosity, naturally occurring, non-toxic, amorphous aluminosilicate glass is the only solid that is effective over a wide range of polymer compositions and temperatures while at the same time having no demonstrable effect on nucleation of semi-crystalline polymers. Extensive research on poly(propylene), used as a representative polymer, indicates that rheologic properties described herein are dependent on particle composition, size range and concentration. The effect of the solid on the liquid polymer can thus be selected depending on the chosen particle characteristics. For most finishing applications, the practical benefit of the solid additive includes increased productivity, but may also include lower molding temperature, increased mechanical properties of the finished polymer, improved dispersion of additives, and better fit and finish of the article.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings
Pages2798-2803
Number of pages6
Volume3
StatePublished - 2003
Event61st Annual Technical Conference ANTEC 2003 - Nashville, TN, United States
Duration: May 4 2003May 8 2003

Other

Other61st Annual Technical Conference ANTEC 2003
CountryUnited States
CityNashville, TN
Period5/4/035/8/03

Profile

Productivity
Polymers
Molding
Viscosity
Aluminosilicates
Chemical analysis
Temperature
Polypropylenes
Nucleation
Crystalline materials
Glass
Mechanical properties
Liquids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Lee, A. L., Feher, F. J., Brem, G. F., & Barber, J. D. (2003). Breakthrough Polymer Finishing Technology: Manufacturing Productivity and Polymer Performance Enhancements. In Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings (Vol. 3, pp. 2798-2803)

Breakthrough Polymer Finishing Technology : Manufacturing Productivity and Polymer Performance Enhancements. / Lee, Andre L.; Feher, Frank J.; Brem, Gerald F.; Barber, John D.

Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings. Vol. 3 2003. p. 2798-2803.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Lee, AL, Feher, FJ, Brem, GF & Barber, JD 2003, Breakthrough Polymer Finishing Technology: Manufacturing Productivity and Polymer Performance Enhancements. in Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings. vol. 3, pp. 2798-2803, 61st Annual Technical Conference ANTEC 2003, Nashville, TN, United States, 5/4/03.
Lee AL, Feher FJ, Brem GF, Barber JD. Breakthrough Polymer Finishing Technology: Manufacturing Productivity and Polymer Performance Enhancements. In Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings. Vol. 3. 2003. p. 2798-2803.
Lee, Andre L. ; Feher, Frank J. ; Brem, Gerald F. ; Barber, John D./ Breakthrough Polymer Finishing Technology : Manufacturing Productivity and Polymer Performance Enhancements. Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings. Vol. 3 2003. pp. 2798-2803
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