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Principles of Polymer Processing, 2nd Edition

Zehev Tadmor, Costas G. Gogos

ISBN: 978-0-471-38770-1 June 2006 984 Pages


Thoroughly revised edition of the classic text on polymer processing

The Second Edition brings the classic text on polymer processing thoroughly up to date with the latest fundamental developments in polymer processing, while retaining the critically acclaimed approach of the First Edition. Readers are provided with the complete panorama of polymer processing, starting with fundamental concepts through the latest current industry practices and future directions. All the chapters have been revised and updated, and four new chapters have been added to introduce the latest developments.

Readers familiar with the First Edition will discover a host of new material, including:
* Blend and alloy microstructuring
* Twin screw-based melting and chaotic mixing mechanisms
* Reactive processing
* Devolatilization--theory, mechanisms, and industrial practice
* Compounding--theory and industrial practice
* The increasingly important role of computational fluid mechanics
* A systematic approach to machine configuration design

The Second Edition expands on the unique approach that distinguishes it from comparative texts. Rather than focus on specific processing methods, the authors assert that polymers have a similar experience in any processing machine and that these experiences can be described by a set of elementary processing steps that prepare the polymer for any of the shaping methods. On the other hand, the authors do emphasize the unique features of particular polymer processing methods and machines, including the particular elementary step and shaping mechanisms and geometrical solutions.

Replete with problem sets and a solutions manual for instructors, this textbook is recommended for undergraduate and graduate students in chemical engineering and polymer and materials engineering and science. It will also prove invaluable for industry professionals as a fundamental polymer processing analysis and synthesis reference.

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1. History, Structural Formulation of the Field Through Elementary Steps, and Future Perspectives.

2. The Balance Equations and Newtonian Fluid Dynamics.

3. Polymer Rheology and Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics.

4. The Handling and Transporting of Polymer Particulate Solids.

5. Melting.

6. Pressurization and Pumping.

7. Mixing.

8. Devolatilization.

9. Single Rotor Machines.

10. Twin Screw and Twin Rotor Processing Equipment.

11. Reactive Polymer Processing and Compounding.

12. Die Forming.

13. Molding.

14. Stretch Shaping.

15. Calendering.

Appendix A: Rheological and Thermophysical Properties of Polymers.

Appendix B: Conversion Tables to the International System of Units (SI).

Appendix C: Notation.

Author Index.

Subject Index.
* Extensively revised - 1st revision in 27 years
* Covers new developments in the field, including blend and alloy microstucturing, twin screw-based processing equipment, reactive processing and compounding, foam extrusion, compounding, the role of chaotic flows in mixing, melting, devolatilization, computer simulation and on-line monitoring
"The long awaited new edition…provides an extensive discussion of all relevant topics…usable as a...course resource, 'Processing' is also of great value to practitioners." (CHOICE, January 2007)
· Considers the complete picture of polymer processing, addressing fundamental concepts through current industrial practices
· Answers questions on "how" a particular machine works and "why" a particular design solution is best
· Introductory chapter highlights the technological aspects of the important polymer processing methods as well as the essential features of the subject
· Provides the reader with the tools necessary to conduct practical design of polymers
· End of chapter problems provide exercises for the material discussed in the text and demonstrate the applicability of the concepts presented in solving problems not discussed in the book