• computer modeling;
  • mixing;
  • particle size distribution;
  • polymer blends;
  • processing


A new laboratory-scale mixing device based on an original concept was built and tested. This device has important technical features such as tightness to liquids and gases, the possibility of direct specimen molding after mixing, and easy handling of reactive systems. In comparison with existing laboratory mixers, the flow in this mixer is characterized by a high contribution from elongational flow. Morphological data on model polystyrene/poly(methyl methacrylate) blend systems have proved the high distributive and dispersive mixing efficiency in comparison with a classical rotational batch mixer. The influence of different experimental parameters such as the flow rate, mixing time, mixing element geometry, and viscosity ratio of blends is characterized and discussed. Much finer dispersions have been obtained with this new device versus those obtained with a conventional mixer with equivalent specific energy input. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2011