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A theoretical approach to solid filler dispersion in a twin-screw extruder

Abstract : Compounding of highly filled minerals in a polymeric matrix has never been an easy task. The objective of this work was to build a theoretical model to predict the evolution of dispersion of an inorganic filler in a polymer matrix along a twin-screw extruder as a function of the screw geometry and processing conditions. We developed a general kinetic model of agglomeration/breakup of the fillers, based on chemical-like equations. It allowed us to describe the evolution of a population of agglomerates, taking into account the deformation field. When implemented in a flow model of a twin-screw extrusion process, the model can be used to pinpoint the main effects of twin-screw operating conditions on dispersion.
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Françoise Berzin, Bruno Vergnes, Pierre G. Lafleur, Miroslav Grmela. A theoretical approach to solid filler dispersion in a twin-screw extruder. Polymer Engineering and Science, Wiley-Blackwell, 2002, 42 (3), p.473-481. ⟨10.1002/pen.10964⟩. ⟨hal-00536050⟩



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