Polyethylene foam experiments were conducted on a twin screw foam extruder to study the process effects upon foam nucleation. The results indicate that, other than quantity of nucleators, throughput rate and die opening are important process parameters, underscoring the importance of shear in the die on nucleation. It is also found that shear effects increase as nucleator level increases. A modified cavity model shows at least qualitative agreement with experimental results. Dimensionless Capillary n…
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