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February, 2017

76th International Intensive Short Course on Polymer Rheology and Extrusion

The 76th International Intesive Short Course on Polymer Rheology and Extrusion will be presented in October 2017 in Burlington, near Toronto, ON, CANADA

November, 2016

75th International Intensive Short Course on Polymer Rheology and Extrusion, November 2-3, 2016

Professor John Vlachopoulos wishes to thank Ken Sowman and Kelly Buchanan-Johns of Plastics New Zealand for organizing his 75th International Intensive Short Course on Polymer Rheology and Extrusion at the charming Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre, set in a large parkland overlooking a salt water lagoon, in Auckland, New Zealand, November 2-3, 2016. He also thanks the 25 participants and their corporations, especially Fisher & Paykel Healthcare for the 12 registrations:

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare (12)

Profile Polymers (3)

Flight Plastics (2)

Dynex Extrusions

Leda Extrusions (2)

EPL

Asmuss Water Systems

Clariant NZ (2)

Marley NZ

November, 2016

74th International Intensive Short Course on Polymer Rheology and Extrusion, November 10-11, 2016

Professor John Vlachopoulos wishes to thank Mike Allan of RMIT University for the excellent organization of his 74th International Intensive Short Course on Polymer Rheology and Extrusion, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, November 10-11, 2016. He also thanks the 39 participants from the following corporations and universities (numbers in brackets indicate multiple registrations):

RMIT University (5)

CSIRO

SMR Automotive (2)

Corex (5)

Clariant (2)

G James

Cryovac Sealed Air (3)

Zezt (2)

West Virginia University

Tech Plas Extrusions

Australian Vinyls

Qenos

Prysmian Australia (4)

Calair

Primaplas (3)

Denso Australia

Curtin University

Monash University

Iplex

To view a PDF version of the course flyer please click here.

November, 2016

Presentation at the Asian Workshop on Polymer Processing (AWPP) 2016

Professor John Vlachopoulos made an oral presentation entitled: "Issues in the Extrusion of Large Diameter Smooth and Corrugated Plastic Pipe" at the Asian Workshop on Polymer Processing (AWPP) in Melbourne, Australia, November 6-9, 2016.

November, 2016

Presentation at the PPS Regional Conference 2016

Professor John Vlachopoulos made an oral presentation entitled: "Challenges in Problem Solving with the Help of Computer Simulation" at the PPS Regional Conference in Chengdu, China, October 11-14, 2016.

August, 2016

Presentations at PPS2016 (Polymer Processing Society Conference 2016)

Professor John Vlachopoulos presented a talk entitled: "Particle Sintering from Rotational Molding to Additive Manufacturing" and Dr. Nickolas Polychronopoulos a talk entitled: "Some New Results in Optimal Fluid Infiltration in a Flexible Permeable Substrate Moving Past a Rigid Cylinder" at PPS2016, Lyon, France, July 25-29, 2016. Polymer Processing Society website: www.tpps.org  

March, 2016

PhD Defense

Nickolas Polychronopoulos has successfully defended on February 18, 2016 his PhD Thesis with title: "Variable Cross-Section Flows in Polymer Composites Processing". List of papers in peer-reviewed journals (papers 1-5 form part of his PhD Thesis):

  1. Polychronopoulos N.D., Papathanasiou T.D., Fluid Penetration in a Deformable Permable Web Moving Past a Stationary Rigid Solid Cylinder, Transport Porous Med. 116 (1), 393-411 (2017)
  2. Polychronopoulos N.D., Papathanasiou T.D., A Novel Model for Resin Infiltration in Pin-Assisted Pultrusion, Polym. Compos. (published online on 19 Nov. 2015, DOI: 10.1002/pc.23860)
  3. Polychronopoulos N.D., Papathanasiou T.D., A Study on the Effect of Drawing on Extrudate Swell in Film Casting, Appl. Rheol. 25 (4), 42425 (2015)
  4. Polychronopoulos N.D. Papathanasiou T.D., Pin-Assisted Resin Infiltration of Porous Substrates, Compos. Part A-Appl. S. 71, 126-135 (2015)
  5. Polychronopoulos N.D., Sarris I.E., Papathanasiou T.D., 3D Features in the Calendering of Thermoplastics: A Computational Investigation, Polym. Eng. Sci. 54 (7), 1712-1722 (2014)
  6. Polychronopoulos N.D., Charlton Z., Suwanda D., Vlachopoulos J., Measurements and Comparison to Predictions of Viscosity of Heavily Filled HDPE with Natural Fibers, Adv. Polym. Tech. (published online on 21 Sept. 2016, DOI: 10.1002/adv.21775)

September, 2015

Presentations at PPS2015 (Polymer Processing Society Conference 2015)

Dr. John Vlachopoulos and PhD candidate Nickolas Polychronopoulos made oral presentations at PPS2015, Graz, Austria, September 21-25, 2015. Polymer Processing Society website: www.tpps.org  

June, 2015

73rd International Intensive Short Course on Polymer Rheology and Extrusion, May 28-29, 2015

Dr. John Vlachopoulos wishes to thank the participants from the following corporations (number in parenthesis indicate multiple registrations):

Dow Chemical, Canada

Versalis, Italy

Total Research Technology, Belgium

Fibervisions (2), Denmark

Solvay Specialty Polymers, Italy

Tasnee (2), Saudi Arabia

Faurecia, France

 

July, 2014

Kudos to John Vlachopoulos

The President of Polydynamics Dr. John Vlachopoulos, Professor Emeritus at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, was honored on four different occasions recently: He received the Bruce Maddock Award of the Extrusion Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) at its annual conference (ANTEC) in Las Vegas, April 28-30, for fundamental contributions to single screw plastics extrusion.  He received the SABIC Lectureship Award and presented two lectures on polymer extrusion at the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, May 15-16. He was inducted Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on June 26. A session was held in his honor during the 7th International Conference of the Hellenic Society of Rheology (HSR), in Iraklion, Crete, Greece, July 7-8.  

May, 2014

72nd International Intensive Short Course on Polymer Rheology and Extrusion, April 9-10, 2014

Dr. John Vlachopoulos and his assistant Nickolas Polychronopoulos wish to thank the participants from the following corporations/universities (number in parenthesis indicate multiple registrations):

Tesa SE (2), Germany

Elopak AS (2), Norway

List AG, Switzerland

University of Gent (2), Belgium

Ferro Plastics, Spain 

Nordson EDI, Belgium

Lummus Novolen, Germany

TU Delft, Netherlands

Depron BV, Netherlands

April, 2013

New dispersive mixer-reactor for deagglomeration and CNT disentanglement

A new pulsating/rotating micro-structured reactor was designed and built by Dr. Paul Michelis at IMMG S.A., Athens, Greece. The device is capable of complete deagglomeration, disentanglement, dispersion and reactive mixing, by making use of extensional and spiralling flows. A publication has recently (2013) appeared in Chem. Eng. Sci. with Dr. Paul Michelis and Prof. John Vlachopoulos as co-authors. Click here to view the abstract. Contact us for more details.

April, 2013

New book: DESIGN OF EXTRUSION FORMING TOOLS, Edited by Olga S. Carneiro and J. Miguel Nobrega, Smithers Rapra, UK, 2013

Admittedly, there was a lack of books on extrusion die design. The need has now been filled with this excellent new book. For more details click here.

April, 2013

71st International Intensive Short Course on Polymer Rheology and Extrusion, January 22-24, 2013 

For the first time the Short Course was presented via Skype, exclusively for employees of INDESCA of Maracaibo, Venezuela. Dr. John Vlachopoulos wishes to thank Dr. Agustin Torres and Franco Guastaferro for the invitation and organisation of the course and the five attentive participants for their challenging questions and their interest.

April, 2013

70th International Intensive Short Course on Polymer Rheology and Extrusion, April 18-19, 2013

Dr. John Vlachopoulos and his assistant Nickolas Polychronopoulos wish to thank the 19 participants who made this course another successful event. The participants came from eight European countries from the following corporations (the number in parentheses indicate multiple registrations):

Dow Benelux BV, The Netherlands

FiberVisions A/S (2), Denmark

Versalis S.p.A, Italy

Purac Biochem BV, The Netherlands

Optinova (5), Finland

Senoplast Klepsch & Co. GmbH, Austria

Aalborg Universitet, Denmark

NV Bekaert SA, Belgium

Deceuninck NV, Belgium

European Patent Office (2), Germany

Solvay Specialty Polymers, Italy

Clean Power Investments bvba, Belgium

Ecole des Mines De Douai, France

 

To view the brochure click here and to view the registration form click here .


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