Modular self-wiping co-rotating twin screw extruders have been widely used in polymer blending and compounding over the past four decades since they were first commercialized by Werner and Pfleiderer . Despite its importance in the polymer processing industry, studies of the initial mixing process in a modular co-rotating twin screw extruder of binary polymer blends have received little attention until the last three years [2 to 9]. Among the various factors controlling the mixing of thermoplastic blends, the viscosity characteristics are a major determinant the degree of deformation of a disperse phase domain depends greatly upon the viscosity ratio. When one component of the mixing system has a very low viscosity, and there is an extremely large viscosity ratio, it is well known to be very difficult to mix [10 to 12].
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