Melt Processes

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This chapter covers the processing of metals, ceramic glasses, and thermoplastic polymers from the melt. The fundamentals section explores melt structure, surface tension and rheology, and then goes on to provide an introduction to the principles of liquid flow, heat transfer, and solidification. The first process discussed is shape casting, a process used to make complex metal shapes. The next is sheet casting of glasses. Polymer extrusion and injection molding are then discussed, along with blow molding of polymers and glasses. The chapter concludes with fused deposition modeling, an additive process used to make complex polymer shapes. For all processes, principles of liquid flow and solidification are applied to develop an understanding of factors that control the process and final products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Processing
Subtitle of host publicationA Unified Approach to Processing of Metals, Ceramics and Polymers
Number of pages145
ISBN (Electronic)9780123851321
ISBN (Print)9780123851338
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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  • Blow molding
  • Die casting
  • Float glass process
  • Fluid flow
  • Fused deposition modeling
  • Heat transfer
  • Liquid structure
  • Polymer extrusion
  • Polymer injection molding
  • Rheology
  • Sand casting
  • Solidification


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