Patent Number: 8,795,562

Title: Method and device for granulating polymer melts containing blowing agent

Abstract: The invention relates to a process and an apparatus for pelletizing polymer melts comprising blowing agent in a pelletizing chamber through which a liquid flows, its pressure being above the ambient pressure. In a first step, the polymer melt is injected into the pelletizing chamber, in a second step the polymer melt is cut via a cutting apparatus into individual pellets and, in a third step, the pellets produced in the pelletizing process are discharged with the liquid from the pelletizing chamber and are then isolated from the liquid. This process also comprises at least one of the following steps: (a) comminution of agglomerates or of pellets which exceed a prescribed maximum size, in a comminuting machine downstream of the pelletizing chamber or in a comminuting unit downstream of the cutting apparatus, (b) depressurization of the liquid in a depressurizing machine, (c) depressurization of the liquid in a throttle apparatus, where there is, upstream of the throttle apparatus, a pressure-equalizing container, (d) isolation of the pellets from the liquid, without any prior depressurization of the liquid with the pellets which it comprises.

Inventors: Schmaus; Paulus (Ludwigshafen, DE), Heeger; Michael (Ludwigshafen, DE), Ruch; Joachim (Wachenheim, DE), Holoch; Jan (Leimen, DE), Rasch; Christian (Romerberg, DE)

Assignee: BASF SE

International Classification: B29B 9/06 (20060101); B29B 9/16 (20060101); B28B 11/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018