The research presented initially evaluated the effect mixing conditions have on the
efficiency of mastication through a series of central composite experimental designs.
The resulting regression analysis showed that mixing time, rotor speed, circulating
water temperature and fill factor all have an effect on final batch temperature and
viscosity; and that each parameter causes a consistent pattern. This observation lead
to the research concentrating on the development of a predictive model for the rubber
mixing process. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.