Experimental validation of computer models for food and polymer extrusion

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The accuracy and validity of the mathematical and numerical modeling of extruders for polymers and for food are considered in terms of experimental results obtained on typical full-size single and twin-screw extruders. The fluid is treated as non-Newtonian and with strong temperature-dependent properties. The chemical conversion of food during extrusion is also considered. The numerical modeling is employed for steady-state transport, for a range of operating conditions. Following grid-independence studies, the results obtained are first considered in terms of the expected physical behavior of the process, yielding good agreement with observations presented in the literature. The results are then compared with detailed and qualitative experimental results available from previous investigations to evaluate their accuracy. Good agreement with experimental data is obtained, lending strong support to the mathematical and numerical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-186
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress - Washington, DC., United States
Duration: Nov 15 2003Nov 21 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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