The book provides a practical understanding of basic information on extrusion in a way useful to readers without an engineering degree as well as to those new to the field. It is primarily written for extruder operators, supervisors, technical service personnel, and process engineers. Designed for on-the-job use, it guides the reader step by step through material issues, machinery, processing, and troubleshooting. This revised and extended third edition now also covers interpretation of extrusion process data, analysis of shrink void formation, dimensional variation by melt temperature fluctuations, efficient extrusion, grooved barrel extruder technology, and more.
■ Extrusion Machinery ■ Instrumentation and Control ■ Complete Extrusion Lines ■ Plastics and Their Properties Important in Extrusion ■ How an Extruder Works ■ How to Run an Extruder ■ How to Troubleshoot Extrusion Problems ■ New Developments in Extrusion and Methods to Increase Efficiency
Dr. Chris Rauwendaal, president of Rauwendaal Extrusion Engineering, Inc., (REE, Inc), has experience in a wide range of extrusion operations, including fiber spinning, film, sheet, tubing, medical tubing, pipe and profile extrusion, co-extrusion, and reactive extrusion. Rauwendaal holds several patents in the field of polymer processing. He has worked on both practical and theoretical problems, such as screw and die design, troubleshooting, modeling and computer simulation, material analysis, and failure analysis.