Polymer Engineering Faculty Research

Development of an ionomer tracer for extruder residence time distribution experiments

Robert Weiss, The University of Akron


A polymeric tracer was developed from the tributylamine salt of lightly sulfonated polystyrene. The residence time distribution (RTD) measured for the extrusion of polystyrene with this tracer was compared with that measured using conventional particulate tracers, In general, the particulate tracers had a longer mean residence time and a broader RTD, which were attributed to increased mixing of the particulates.