Highly effective seminars and hands-on workshops held several times throughout the year

Advanced Extrusion: Thermal Optimization and Energy Efficiency

3 Day Lecture/Workshop Offered Once

Tuition: $1,350

  • July 10-12
    Dr. Javier Vera-Sorroche
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Polymer extrusion is an energy intensive process whereby the simultaneous action of viscous shear and thermal conduction are used to convert solid polymer to a melt that can be formed into a shape. Often extruders in the plastics industry are operated with extruder screw geometries and processing conditions that are not suited to the polymer being used, either through lack of understanding or financial restrictions. The driver to operate efficiently within industry has tended to link with production outputs rather than optimization of process energy consumption. Extrusion machines are not commonly equipped with energy monitoring equipment, and as a result, there has been little understanding of the links between processing conditions and energy consumption. This seminar provides detailed experimental studies, which will help to improve understanding of the single screw extrusion process, in terms of thermal stability and energy consumption. Moreover, it will allow those working in this field to make more informed decisions regarding set conditions, screw geometry and polymer selection. Extensions to other processes are also discussed.


Temperature measurement methods for single screw extrusion

  • Single thermocouples
  • Thermocouple mesh devices
  • Infrared devices
  • Ultrasound devices

Polymer melt rheology and thermal properties of polymers

  • Rheological behavior of the polymer melt
  • Examination of shear and temperature sensitivity

Energy consumption in single screw extrusion

  • Energy usage considerations within the extrusion process

Extruder scale

  • Effect of scale up; screw geometry; processing conditions; thermal homogeneity; energy efficiency