# Berechnungsmodell für Maddock- und Wendelscherteile in der Einschneckenplastifiziertechnologie

Translated title of the contribution: A Calculation Model for Maddock and Spiral Fluted Mixing Elements in Single Screw Plasticising Technology

Herwig Thiel

Research output: ThesisDiploma Thesis

## Abstract

A homogenous melt is the prerequisite to achieve the demanded product quality in single screw plasticising technology. At higher screw speeds and mass flow rates solid particles can occur in the melt. Dispersive mixing elements are often used to improve the melt quality. Calculation models are necessary for designing mixing elements in the right way. A new model for the often used fluted mixing sections like Maddock-, Egan- and Z-elements is presented in this diploma thesis. The calculation model is reduced to one pair of inlet and outlet flute, connected by the shearing gap. Especially in spiral fluted mixing sections the longitudinal flow in the flutes is a combined pressure and drag flow, in Maddock mixing sections pure pressure flow occurs. In the shearing gap a combined pressure and drag flow can occur. The leakage flow through the flight clearance is also considered. Geometry functions are introduced for considering the cross sectional shape of the flutes. The viscosity is shear rate and temperature dependent. The channel height as well as the channel width can vary along the mixing element. The model allows the calculation of the longitudinal pressure profile in the inlet and outlet flutes, the total pressure drop and the shear stress distribution in the shearing gap. Mixing sections sometimes have insufficient shearing efficiency and consume too much pressure. Therefore a geometry adaptation method for Maddock mixing heads is presented in this diploma thesis.
Translated title of the contribution A Calculation Model for Maddock and Spiral Fluted Mixing Elements in Single Screw Plasticising Technology German Dipl.-Ing. Schuschnigg, Stephan, Co-Supervisor (internal)Langecker, Günter R., Supervisor (internal) 30 Mar 2007 Published - 2007

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## Keywords

• plastics processing single screw plasticising technology dispersive mixing elements calculation model