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Use of a Novel Polymer-Coated Steel as an Alternative to Traditional Can Manufacturing in the Food Industry

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Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, 03801 Alcoy, Spain
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Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC 28223, USA
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, WZ 1010, New Zealand
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Department of Statistics and Operations Research, Universitat Politècnica de València, 03801 Alcoy, Spain
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This paper is an extended version of our paper published in the 2nd Coatings and Interfaces Web Conference, Basel, Switzerland, 15–31 May 2020 (Mater. Proc. 2020, 2, 21, doi:10.3390/CIWC2020-06841).
Polymers 2021, 13(2), 222; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020222
Received: 17 October 2020 / Revised: 7 January 2021 / Accepted: 7 January 2021 / Published: 11 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymers in Agriculture and Food Science)
Metal containers (both food and beverage cans) are made from huge steel or aluminum coils that are transformed into two- or three-piece products. During the manufacturing process, the metal is sprayed on both sides and the aerosol acts as insulation, but unfortunately produces volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The present work presents a different way to manufacture these containers using a novel prelaminated two-layer polymer steel. It was experimentally possible to verify that the material survives all the involved manufacturing processes. Thus tests were carried out in an ironing simulator to measure roughness, friction coefficient and surface quality. In addition, two theoretical ironing models were developed: upper bound model and artificial neural network. These models are useful for packaging designers and manufacturers. View Full-Text
Keywords: coating; ironing; VOC; upper bound; polymer; coating; can; artificial neural network (ANN); friction; wear coating; ironing; VOC; upper bound; polymer; coating; can; artificial neural network (ANN); friction; wear
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Selles, M.A.; Schmid, S.R.; Sanchez-Caballero, S.; Ramezani, M.; Perez-Bernabeu, E. Use of a Novel Polymer-Coated Steel as an Alternative to Traditional Can Manufacturing in the Food Industry. Polymers 2021, 13, 222. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020222

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Selles MA, Schmid SR, Sanchez-Caballero S, Ramezani M, Perez-Bernabeu E. Use of a Novel Polymer-Coated Steel as an Alternative to Traditional Can Manufacturing in the Food Industry. Polymers. 2021; 13(2):222. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020222

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Selles, Miguel A., Steven R. Schmid, Samuel Sanchez-Caballero, Maziar Ramezani, and Elena Perez-Bernabeu. 2021. "Use of a Novel Polymer-Coated Steel as an Alternative to Traditional Can Manufacturing in the Food Industry" Polymers 13, no. 2: 222. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13020222

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