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Extrusion of Plastic Foam

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Tuesday Apr 25, 2017

Reach your desired foamed plastic performance by translating end-use requirements into foam characteristics.

Ana Espert will explain how to meet your needs: additives / resins to use (not all foaming agents meet all criteria for all polymers…) & processing factors to take into account (barrel pressure, screw choice…)

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Presented By:
Ana Espert

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Intermediate

Next Session: Apr 25, 2017
10:00 a.m. (New York City)
4:00 p.m. (Paris)

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Why should you attend?

The use of plastic foams steadily grows along with novel requirements (insulation in buildings & electronics, lighter weight in vehicles & packaging…). But without an update on latest practices, you will struggle to come away with satisfying products. Join this course and you will:


  1. Choose the right extrusion process (physical or chemical) depending on the performance in target: a specific need requires a specific process...
  2. Learn how to tweak your foam extrusion process (foaming agents, temperature, barrel pressure...) to avoid uncontrolled foam structure, density and homogeneity...
  3. Stay in the game with Ana Espert's insights on latest foam extrusion practices (special additives & fillers, nano foam...)
Extrusion of Plastic Foam

Who should attend?

  • R&D people in traditional applications: heat / thermal insulation, electrical insulation
  • R&D people turning to foaming process to reduce weight (automotive, packaging)

Course Outline

The following sections will be covered in this session:

  1. Today’s Requirements & Challenges (improved performance or to fit with new application)

  2. Foam Extrusion technologies : When one is best?
    • Physical foaming
    • Chemical foaming

  3. How do latest End-Requirements translate into Foam Characteristics
    • Open cells / closed cells
    • Foam homogeneity
    • Mechanical vs. Density
    • Cells size

  4. How to achieve the desired Foam Characteristics in Practice (foaming agents selection, processing parameters…)

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