Fractional Geometry Technology (FGT), pioneered by STEER, creator of materials platform technologies that transform and functionalise materials in the fields of plastics, pharmaceuticals, food & nutraceuticals, biomaterials and biorefining, will be on demonstration at the KoPlas March 12-16, 2019
STEER has been focusing on improving the process efficiency of an extruder, as ensuring the homogeneous molecular structure while compounding various applications remains a challenge. Extruder elements based on FGT help overcome such challenges, especially with respect to shear-sensitive materials.
Dr. Babu Padmanabhan, Managing Director & Chief Knowledge Officer, STEER, said, “The ability to process certain shear and temperature sensitive materials is greatly enhanced in an extruder with deeper flights. The ability to process material has benefited from improvements made in diameter ratio and specific torque. The increase in melt temperature due to the kneading elements at high speeds is solved by fractional lobed element geometry with unequal tip angles. This geometry can be alternative for standard kneading elements.”
FGT-based elements are currently being used in the processing of polymers with high content of raw materials such as carbon black and glass fibers and are also used in PVC compounding. The Fractional element can control the compounding process more precisely than the normal element, which is considered as an alternative to the extruder element in a wide range of fields in the future.