Dispersion and Solution Processes

Lorraine F. Francis, Christine C. Roberts

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This chapter explores processes that convert particle dispersions or suspensions, polymer solutions, and liquid monomers into coatings and 3D parts. The chapter begins with a section on the fundamentals that covers colloidal dispersions, polymer solutions, rheology, and drying. Then shape casting, namely slip casting, is discussed with an emphasis on understanding the effect of dispersion variables on the slip casting rate. A section on coating and tape casting processes follows. In this section, several common coating methods are introduced and applications in polymer and ceramic coatings are included. After a brief introduction to injection molding and extrusion processes that are based on dispersions, additive processes that employ curable monomers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Processing
Subtitle of host publicationA Unified Approach to Processing of Metals, Ceramics and Polymers
Number of pages98
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851321
ISBN (Print)9780123851338
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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  • Coating processes
  • Colloids
  • Dispersions
  • Inkjet printing
  • Slip casting
  • Solutions
  • Stereolithography


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