The science that underlies polymer processing often lags behind technological developments. It would be most useful for further progress if good dynamic process models could be developed based upon chemical kinetics, material properties, and mass transport. The systems are complicated, usually inhomogeneous, solids, viscous liquids, or suspensions of solids in viscous liquids. These systems seem difficult to analyze quantitatively, but the potential rewards for developing a systematic understanding of polymer processing are great.



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