A network-analysis-based comparative study of the pressure/throughput behavior of polymer melts in barrier screw geometries
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29th International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society
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Barrier screws are widely used in the plastics industry. Due to the extreme diversity of their geometries, describing the flow behavior is difficult and rarely done in practice. We present a systematic approach based on networks that uses tensor algebra and numerical methods to model and calculate selected barrier screw geometries in terms of pressure, mass flow, and residence time. In addition, we report the results of three-dimensional simulations using the commercially available ANSYS Polyflow software.
The major drawbacks of three-dimensional finite-element-method (FEM) simulations are that they require vast computational power and, large quantities of memory, and consume considerable time to create a geometric model created by computer-aided design (CAD) and complete a flow calculation. Consequently, a modified 2.5-dimensional finite volume method, termed network analysis is preferable. The results obtained by network analysis and FEM simulations correlated well. Network analysis provides an efficient alternative to complex FEM software in terms of computing power and memory consumption. Furthermore, typical barrier screw geometries can be parameterized and used for flow calculations without time-consuming CAD-constructions.