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  • 1
    ISSN: 1435-1528
    Keywords: Key words Fumed silica ; Colloidal suspensions ; Non-linear viscoelasticity ; Rheological models
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Physics
    Notes: Abstract Suspensions of fumed silica exhibit a wide range of rheological properties depending on the nature and magnitude of the interparticle forces. In a non-polar fluid, the particles interact through hydrogen bonding and can form a three-dimensional network. The microstructure formation is responsible for the non-linear viscoelastic behavior of fumed silica suspensions, even at very small strain. These non-linear rheological properties have been studied in small amplitude oscillatory experiments as a function of particle size, surface treatment of particles, suspending medium polarity and solids concentration. The non-linear viscoelastic behavior is characterized by a non-sinusoidal waveform of the signal response. For suspensions in a non-polar fluid, both the elastic and the loss moduli are shown to be sensitive to the strain amplitude: the elastic modulus is decreasing with increasing strain whereas the loss moduli is initially increasing with strain. We have chosen to examine the dissipated energy which is clearly related to the breakup of the suspension structure. A comparison of model predictions and the experimental data shows the limitations of these models, recently proposed in the literature to describe the behavior of colloidal suspensions.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1435-1528
    Keywords: Key words Blends ; linear ; viscoelasticity ; emulsion models
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Physics
    Notes: Abstract The linear viscoelastic properties of several molten blends with immiscible components of different viscosity ratio have been investigated. All the blends show a morphology of emulsion type. At low frequencies, the behaviors of these blends are essentially governed by the interface. The Palierne (1990) model is shown to well predict the linear behavior of all the blends. The Lee and Park model (1994), developed to take into account the relationship between the rheological behavior and morphological changes under large strain flows, is also shown to well describe the storage and loss moduli of the blends by adjusting a single fitting parameter. Based on the weighted relaxation spectra, a comparison of both model predictions is made focussing on the time associated to the interface. An approximate method is then proposed to evaluate the interface parameter introduced in the Lee and Park model. At high frequency, discrepancies are observed for the Lee and Park predictions when the viscoelastic properties of both components are considerably different. The description of the bulk properties of the blend, i.e., the mixing rule used by Lee and Park, is modified to obtain a better description of the high frequency data.
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    Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell
    AIChE Journal 42 (1996), S. 1388-1396 
    ISSN: 0001-1541
    Keywords: Chemistry ; Chemical Engineering
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
    Notes: Bubble instabilities observed in film blowing using four different polyolefins are discussed: high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), and polypropylene (PP). Special attention is given to the effect of the frost line height on the bubble stability, an effect mostly ignored in the literature. A video-camera system was used to record the bubble shape and oscillations. In general, three forms of instabilities and combinations were observed: (1) axisymmetric periodic variations in the bubble diameter; (2) helical motions of the bubble; and (3) variations in the position of the solidification line. The four resins show different stability behaviors. The LDPE has the most stable operating space and the PP is the most unstable one. No correlation was observed between bubble stability and oscillatory shear rheological properties of the resins. Instability is enhanced by increasing take-up ratio, increasing blow-up ratio, and decreasing frost line height. Furthermore, for the LDPE, some operating points were not attainable and multiple steady states were observed. Our results are in a poor agreement with the predictions Cain and Denn's 1988 analysis.
    Additional Material: 14 Ill.
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  • 4
    ISSN: 0887-6266
    Keywords: interfacial tension ; breaking thread ; polyamide ; polyethylene ; interface ; modifier morphology ; Physics ; Polymer and Materials Science
    Source: Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Physics
    Notes: Compared to the dynamic mixing process used in melt blending operations, most techniques for measuring the interfacial tension can be considered as virtually static. For this reason, in order to measure the interfacial tension of an A-B immiscible system in the presence of an interfacial modifier, the problem of migrating the modifier to the interface is a central issue. In this study, the influence of the addition of an interfacial modifier, a polyethylene copolymer ionomer, on the interfacial tension between two high-density polyethylenes and a polyamide is investigated. The breaking thread method is used and the interfacial tension is measured as a function of ionomer content. In order to enhance the likelihood of placing the modifier in closer proximity to the interface, various sample preparations are compared. In all cases, the interfacial tension significantly drops with increasing ionomer content and tends to a limiting value. It is shown, however, that the preparation of the system for the breaking thread experiment via coextrusion using a conical die brings the modifier in closest proximity to the interface. With this approach an additional 1.45 times reduction of the interfacial tension at 10% compatibilizer concentration (based on the mass of HDPE) is observed compared to the classical technique of preparation. Confirmation of this effect is demonstrated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy where analysis of the thread surface of the system prepared by coextrusion indicates a more than fourfold enrichment of interfacial modifier. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Polym Sci B: Polym Phys 36: 1947-1958, 1998
    Additional Material: 9 Ill.
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