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  • 1
    ISSN: 0032-3888
    Keywords: Chemistry ; Chemical Engineering
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics , Physics
    Notes: The linear viscoelastic behavior of commercial broad-distribution polypropylenes is studied. The samples underwent different controlled peroxide degradation rates, so they exhibit different molecular distributions. The relaxation spectrum is obtained by assuming that it takes the shape of a Log-Normal distribution. It is in agreement with the linear viscoelasticity theory by providing limiting values, contrary to other models. Moreover, the ratio τw/τn which takes place in this law is very useful to distinguish the synthesis differences of the samples when the Melt Flow Index alone cannot.
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    ISSN: 0032-3888
    Keywords: Chemistry ; Chemical Engineering
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics , Physics
    Notes: Using an integral nonlinear constitutive equation including the Log-Normal relaxation spectrum, the fiber-spinning behavior of commercial polypropylenes is studied. The relaxation spectrum is strongly related to the molecular weight distribution. Moreover, by means of a finite element analysis, simulated stress and velocity profiles are obtained either in isothermal or nonisothermal cases. In the isothermal case, broadening the relaxation spectrum leads to more pronounced curvature of the velocity profile. In the nonisothermal case, the critical draw ratio is sensitive to the mean relaxation time which depends on both average molecular weight and distribution breadth. It is shown that increasing the average relaxation time leads to a less rapid growth of the velocity. Furthermore, this effect is less pronounced when the relaxation spectrum is wider.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 0887-6266
    Keywords: polyethylene ; poly(butylene terephthalate) ; blend ; rheology ; Palierne's model ; morphology ; differential scanning calorimetry ; crystallization ; Physics ; Polymer and Materials Science
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Physics
    Notes: Crystallization at high supercooling of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) droplets dispersed in a molten polyethylene (PE) matrix was investigated through rheological and DSC experiments. The Palierne's emulsion model was used as a theoretical framework for studying the viscoelastic behavior of the blends in different ranges of temperature: on the one hand, when the two polymers are molten (T 〉 225°C) and on the other hand, when PBT droplets are at high supercooling in the molten PE matrix (130°C 〈 T 〈 205°C). From rheological experimental evidences it was shown that molten and solidified droplets coexist at high supercooling. The Palierne's model was then successfully adapted to take into account the three phases (molten PE, molten PBT droplets, and solidified PBT droplets). The evolution of the behavior with the temperature is consistent with the growing amount of crystallized droplets. Moreover, a calculation taking into account the droplets size distribution and the number of nuclei is introduced to explain the crystallization behavior of three different blend ratios.© 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J. Polym. Sci. B Polym. Phys. 36: 2573-2585, 1998
    Additional Material: 9 Ill.
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    Weinheim : Wiley-Blackwell
    Acta Polymerica 44 (1993), S. 313-315 
    ISSN: 0323-7648
    Keywords: Chemistry ; Polymer and Materials Science
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Physics
    Notes: The β relaxation of PET is studied as a function of its crystallinity. The variation of the magnitude of tan Φ is explained taking into account the mechanical coupling of crystalline and amorphous phases by means of a series-parallel model which is intermediate between the purely parallel and series ones. The adjustable parameter which is considered in such a model is related to the amorphous volume fraction which ensures the mechanical coupling and which appears to be proportional to the reciprocal long period. The morphology analysis shows that the variation of the crystalline fraction (between 0.32 and 0.53) during treatments carried out for one hour between 120°C and 230°C affects mainly the crystalline lamellae thickness while the long period evolves much less. Therefore, the coupling fraction remains almost unchanged. Moreover, an important feature of this work is that the β relaxation in semicrystalline polymers does not linearly evolves with the crystallinity while β relaxation does not exist in the crystalline part.
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