Focusing on recent developments in techniques and materials, this volume examines the processing techniques critical to the quality performance of polymer products used in a wide range of industries. It discusses thermosets, thermoplastics, elastomers, foams, and nanocomposites. It also covers multiphase systems from macro to nano scales and reviews developments in established techniques. Leading experts in each area look at extrusion technologies, injection molding, and blow molding, in addition to recently developed processing technologies, such as those using supercritical fluids, micromolding, and reactive processing. The book also touches on post-processing techniques.
Part 1 Introduction: Recent advances in polymer processing; Non Newtonian fluid mechanics and rheology; Polymeric materials; Compounding and mixing; Extrusion technology; Reactive extrusion. Part 2 Moulding technology: Injection moulding; Reaction injection moulding; Compression and transfer moulding; Rotational moulding; Blow moulding. Part 3 Alternative processing technologies: Liquid resin, polymer solution and latex processing; Calendering and coating; Foam processing; Thermoforming; Polymer processing using super critical fluids; Radiation processing; Novel processing additives for extrusion and injection moulding; Generating nano-dispersion structure in rubber matrix through rubber processing; Micromoulding; Reactive processing and design of stable micro and nano structures; Processing of carbon nanotubes and carbon nanotube based nanocomposites; Online monitoring of mould flow; Joining, machining, finishing and decorating; Computer modelling and simulation.