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SHAPING PROCESSES FOR PLASTICS Chapter 13- Part 1 Properties of Polymer Melts Extrusion. Manufacturing Processes, 1311 Dr Simin Nasseri Southern Polytechnic State University. SHAPING PROCESSES FOR PLASTICS. Properties of Polymer Melts Extrusion Production of Sheet, Film, and Filaments

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Shaping processes for plastics chapter 13 part 1 properties of polymer melts extrusion

SHAPING PROCESSES FOR PLASTICSChapter 13- Part 1Properties of Polymer MeltsExtrusion

Manufacturing Processes, 1311

Dr Simin Nasseri

Southern Polytechnic State University


Shaping processes for plastics
SHAPING PROCESSES FOR PLASTICS

  • Properties of Polymer Melts

  • Extrusion

  • Production of Sheet, Film, and Filaments

  • Coating Processes

  • Injection Molding

  • Other Molding Processes

  • Thermoforming

  • Casting

  • Polymer Foam Processing and Forming

  • Product Design Considerations


Plastic products
Plastic Products

  • Plastics can be shaped into a wide variety of products:

    • Molded parts

    • Extruded sections

    • Films

    • Sheets

    • Insulation coatings on electrical wires

    • Fibers for textiles


More plastic products
More Plastic Products

  • In addition, plastics are often the principal ingredient in other materials, such as

    • Paints and varnishes

    • Adhesives

    • Various polymer matrix composites

  • Many plastic shaping processes can be adapted to produce items made of rubbers and polymer matrix composites


Trends in polymer processing
Trends in Polymer Processing

  • Applications of plastics have increased at a much faster rate than either metals or ceramics during the last 50 years

    • Many parts previously made of metals are now being made of plastics

    • Plastic containers have been largely substituted for glass bottles and jars

  • Total volume of polymers (plastics and rubbers) now exceeds that of metals


Plastic shaping processes are important
Plastic Shaping Processes are Important

  • Almost unlimited variety of part geometries

  • Plastic molding is a net shape process

    • Further shaping is not needed

  • Less energy is required than for metals due to much lower processing temperatures

    • Handling of product is simplified during production because of lower temperatures

  • Painting or plating is usually not required


Two types of plastics
Two Types of Plastics

1. Thermoplastics

  • Chemical structure remains unchanged during heating and shaping

  • More important commercially, comprising more than 70% of total plastics tonnage

    2. Thermosets

  • Undergo a curing process during heating and shaping, causing a permanent change (cross‑linking) in molecular structure

  • Once cured, they cannot be remelted


Classification of shaping processes
Classification of Shaping Processes

  • Extruded products with constant cross‑section

  • Continuous sheets and films

  • Continuous filaments (fibers)

  • Molded parts that are mostly solid

  • Hollow molded parts with relatively thin walls

  • Discrete parts made of formed sheets and films

  • Castings

  • Foamed products


Polymer melts
Polymer Melts

  • To shape a thermoplastic polymer it must be heated so that it softens to the consistency of a liquid

  • In this form, it is called a polymer melt

  • Important properties of polymer melts:

    • Viscosity

    • Viscoelasticity


Viscosity of polymer melts

Ketchup, a highly viscoelastic fluid (like the polymer melt)

Viscosity of Polymer Melts

  • Fluid property that relates shear stress to shear rate during flow.

  • Due to its high molecular weight, a polymer melt is a thick fluid with high viscosity.

  • Most polymer shaping processes involve flow through small channels or die openings.

    • Flow rates are often large, leading to high shear rates and shear stresses, so significant pressures are required to accomplish the processes.


Viscosity and shear rate

Viscosity of a polymer melt decreases with shear rate, thus the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

(Newtonian Material: Viscosity changes by temperature, not by time or shear rate)

Figure 13.1 Viscosity relationships for Newtonian fluid and typical polymer melt.

Viscosity and Shear Rate

Shear rate Viscosity


Viscosity and temperature
Viscosity and Temperature the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Viscosity decreases with temperature, thus the fluid becomes thinner at higher temperatures

    Figure 13.2 Viscosity as a function of temperature for selected polymers at a shear rate of 103 s-1.

Temperature Viscosity


Viscoelasticity
Viscoelasticity the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Combination of viscosity and elasticity.

  • Possessed by both polymer solids and polymer melts.

  • Examples: Shampoo, hand cream, mayonnaise, toothpaste, yoghurt.

  • Temperature, time and shear rate are important and affect the properties of viscoelastic materials (here the polymer melts).

  • Example: die swell in extrusion, in which the hot plastic expands when exiting the die opening.


Die Swell the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Extruded polymer "remembers" its previous shape when in the larger cross section of the extruder, tries to return to it after leaving the die orifice.

Figure 13.3 Die swell, a manifestation of viscoelasticity in polymer melts, as depicted here on exiting an extrusion die.


Rod climbing
Rod Climbing the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • In this video clip a dilute (0.025 wt%) solution of a high molecular weight polystyrene polymer is dissolved in a low molecular weight Newtonian viscous solvent (Piccolastic, Hercules Inc).

Vortices: If you stir water or iced tea (Newtonian liquids) vigorously (but not too vigorously!), you may see tiny "swirls" parallel to the axis of stirring. The flow is downwards.


Extrusion 13 2

Extrusion the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.13.2


Extrusion
Extrusion the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Compression process in which material is forced to flow through a die orifice to provide long continuous product whose cross‑sectional shape is determined by the shape of the orifice.

  • Widely used for thermoplastics and elastomers to mass produce items such as tubing, pipes, hose, structural shapes, sheet and film, continuous filaments, and coated electrical wire.

  • Carried out as a continuous process; extrudate is then cut into desired lengths.


Extruder
Extruder the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Figure 13.4 Components and features of a (single‑screw) extruder for plastics and elastomers.

Polymer is transformed into fluid, air mixed is extracted, and material is compressed.

Melt is homogenized and sufficient pressure developedto pump it through die opening.

Feedstock is moved from hopper and preheated.


Two main components of an extruder

  • Die - the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.not an extruder component

    • Special tool that must be fabricated for particular profile to be produced.

Two Main Components of an Extruder

  • Barrel

  • Screw


Extruder barrel
Extruder Barrel the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Internal diameter typically ranges from 25 to 150 mm (1.0 to 6.0 in.)

  • L/D ratios usually between 10 and 30: higher ratios for thermoplastics, lower ratios for elastomers

  • Feedstock fed by gravity onto screw whose rotation moves material through barrel.

  • Electric heaters melt feedstock; subsequent mixing and mechanical working adds heat which maintains the melt


Extruder screw
Extruder Screw the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Divided into sections to serve several functions:

    • Feed section - feedstock is moved from hopper and preheated.

    • Compression section - polymer is transformed into fluid, air mixed with pellets is extracted from melt, and material is compressed.

    • Metering section - melt is homogenized and sufficient pressure developed to pump it through die opening.

  • Figure 13.5 Details of an extruder screw inside the barrel.

  • Pressure is largely determined by dc.


Die end of extruder
Die End of Extruder the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Progress of polymer melt through barrel leads ultimately to the die zone.

  • Before reaching die, the melt passes through a screen pack - series of wire meshes supported by a stiff plate containing small axial holes

  • Functions of screen pack:

    • Filter out contaminants and hard lumps

    • Build pressure in metering section

    • Straighten flow of polymer melt and remove its "memory" of circular motion from screw


Die configurations and extruded products
Die Configurations and Extruded Products the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • The shape of the die orifice determines the cross‑sectional shape of the extrudate

  • Common die profiles and corresponding extruded shapes:

    • Solid profiles

    • Hollow profiles, such as tubes

    • Wire and cable coating

    • Sheet and film

    • Filaments


Extrusion of solid profiles
Extrusion of Solid Profiles the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Regular shapes such as

    • Rounds

    • Squares

  • Irregular cross sections such as

    • Structural shapes

    • Door and window moldings

    • Automobile trim

    • House siding


Extrusion die for solid cross section
Extrusion Die for Solid Cross Section the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Figure 13.8 (a) Side view cross‑section of an extrusion die for solid regular shapes, such as round stock; (b) front view of die, with profile of extrudate. Die swell is evident in both views.


Hollow profiles
Hollow Profiles the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Examples: tubes, pipes, hoses, and other cross‑sections containing holes

  • Hollow profiles require mandrel to form the shape

  • Mandrel held in place using a spider

    • Polymer melt flows around legs supporting the mandrel to reunite into a monolithic tube wall

  • Mandrel often includes an air channel through which air is blown to maintain hollow form of extrudate during hardening

Extrusion bridge die making a hollow section product. Note that in the picture the die has been split to show the material passing through it. In reality, the die and the ring fit together, with a gap for the extruded material to flow through.

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Extrusion die for hollow shapes
Extrusion Die for Hollow Shapes the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Figure 13.10 Side view cross‑section of extrusion die for shaping hollow cross‑sections such as tubes and pipes; Section A‑A is a front view cross‑section showing how the mandrel is held in place; Section B‑B shows the tubular cross‑section just prior to exiting the die; die swell causes an enlargement of the diameter.


Blow extrusion
Blow Extrusion the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Blow extrusion, in which molten extrudate is forced past a tubing mandrel, expanded into a balloon shape by a stream of air, drawn upward by rollers, and pinched into a collapsed sheet to be cut into a number of products.


Wire and cable coating
Wire and Cable Coating the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Polymer melt is applied to bare wire as it is pulled at high speed through a die

    • A slight vacuum is drawn between wire and polymer to promote adhesion of coating

  • Wire provides rigidity during cooling - usually aided by passing coated wire through a water trough

  • Product is wound onto large spools at speeds up to 50 m/s (10,000 ft/min)


Extrusion die for coating wire
Extrusion Die for Coating Wire the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Figure 13.11 Side view cross‑section of die for coating of electrical wire by extrusion.


Test yourself

3- Metering Section the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

2- Compression Section

1- Feed Section

Test yourself!

  • What are the names of different sections along the extrusion barrel?

1

3

2


Test yourself1
Test yourself! the fluid becomes thinner at higher shear rates.

  • Could extrusion be used for the following products?

  • The body of a food mixer.

  • Copper pipe for a central heating system.

  • The body of a pen.

  • The body of the food mixer has a complex 3D shape, so it certainly could not be extruded.

  • Copper pipe is ideal for manufacturing by extrusion, using a bridge die to extrude the hollow shape.

  • The ink tube in the pen has probably been extruded. Some pens’ bodies vary in diameter along their length and are typically closed off at one end. This would suggest that the pen body is not extruded. For pieces that have more complex shapes, like caps, ends, and mechanical components, injection molding is used.


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