Microscale Polymer Processing (µPP1)
The first µPP Project was a large collaborative project involving six UK universities and industrial partners, funded mainly by the EPSRC. Its aims were to follow the processing path of well characterised polymers from synthesis, through processing and property evaluation, combined with the parallel development of a mathematical and computational modelling protocol.
The work carried out by Mark at Cambridge was concerned with processing behaviour, as well as production of tapes for physical property evaluation. The main tool used was the Multi-Pass Rheometer (MPR), which enables optical studies of small quantities of polymer flowing through a contraction, an angled channel, or during extrusion.