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Polymer Devolatilization


A Strong Focus On Polymer Devolatilization

Ken Battle's strongest specialty is polymer devolatilization. He has worked with almost all types of equipment and with many polymers and solvents. His other specialties include compounding and extrusion, process development, hot oil systems, pilot plants, conceptual and front-end process design, cost estimating, product development, and technology evaluations. The materials and processes he is experienced with include:

Plastics:

  • PMMA
  • HDPE
  • PVC
  • SAN
  • LLDPE
  • Polycarbonate
  • PS
  • PP
  • Polyurethane
  • ABS
  • PET


Elastomers:

  • EP/EPDM
  • Acrylics
  • SBR
  • Spandex & Lycra
  • PolyBd
  • Block Copolymers
  • K-Resin
  • Hydrogenated Elastomers


Non-Polymers:

  • Utilities
  • Cannabis-Based Products
  • Vaccine
  • Lubricant Additives & Blending
  • Lipids
  • Monomer Recovery
  • Gelatin
  • Photo Film


Processes:

  • Mass
  • Latex
  • Solution
  • Suspension
  • Slurry


Catalysts:

  • Ziegler
  • Phase Transfer
  • Ziegler-Natta
  • Thermal
  • Metallocene
  • Ionic
  • Free-Radical


Polymer Unit Operations:

  • Devolatilization
  • Batch Reactors
  • Devol. Extruders
  • Dryers
  • Solids Conveying
  • Viscous Reactors
  • Wiped Film DV
  • Compounding
  • Centrifuges
  • In-line Coloring
  • Slurry Reactors
  • Flash DV
  • Dewatering Presses
  • Pelletizing
  • Heat Transfer Systems
  • Loop Reactors
  • Melt Pumps
  • Purge Columns
  • Bailing


Non-Polymer Unit Ops:

  • Coke Gasification
  • Molecular Sieves
  • Black Water Handling
  • Evaporators
  • Paste Mixing
  • Distillation


Education, Employment, & Experience

Ken Battle graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS in chemical engineering. After graduating, he went to work for Monsanto in their plastics R&D, Manufacturing and Central Engineering.  He moved to Uniroyal Chemical where he started up and engineered an operating pilot plant for a new EPDM process. This led to the development a whole new family of liquid elastomers. His career then moved to engineering and construction companies and his own consulting business,  This provided a much broader experience in various polymer and chemical processes.  His extensive experience with new commercial processes leads to his doing what has never been done before. Being innovative and creative is what he does best. He holds four US patents as a co-inventor.

Academic:

  • Adjunct Faculty, Drexel University, Chemical & Biological Department
  • Chemical Engineering Graduate Studies, University of Cincinnati
  • B.S. (Honors) Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Employment:

  • Monsanto Chemical Company: Addyston, OH; Springfield, MA; Antwerp, Belgium; Wingles, France; London, England
  • Fluor Daniel: Houston, TX; Marlton, NJ
  • Fluor Enterprises, Mt. Laurel, NJ
  • Ken Battle Services
  • Uniroyal Chemical, Geismar, LA
  • M.W. Kellogg, Houston, TX
  • Day & Zimmermann: Newark, DE; Philadelphia, PA
  • Jacobs Engineering: Mt. Laurel, NJ; Philadelphia, PA


Experience & Services:

  • Manufacturing
  • Polymer Devolatilization
  • Process Development
  • Viscous Processing
  • Compounding Plant Design
  • Chemical & Polymer Process Engineering
  • Troubleshooting
  • Polymers: Plastics & Elastomers
  • Program Management
  • Toll Manufacturer Search
  • Pilot Plant Design & Operation
  • Conceptual Design & Cost Estimating