Characterization of industrial low-density polyethylene: a thermal, dynamic mechanical, and rheological investigation

Leslie Poh*, Qi Wu, Yidan Chen, Esmaeil Narimissa*

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Abstract

The study of commercial low-density polyethylenes (LDPEs) has always focused on the effects of the molecular architecture of the polymer on its shear and extensional rheological properties due to their direct influence on manufacturability. However, the complex morphology of industrial-grade LDPEs also affects the crystallization kinetics and dynamic mechanical properties of the polymers, which are key to the processibility and applications. Therefore, a comprehensive investigation was conducted into the areas of crystallization kinetics, crystallinity, dynamic mechanical, and linear and non-linear shear rheological properties of two industrial-grade LDPEs to build a cohesive insight into the influence of morphology on these material properties. We further analyzed the steady-state and transient shear viscosity data obtained from the two LDPEs in comparison with constitutive model predictions using the hierarchical multi-mode molecular stress function (HMMSF) and found excellent agreement within experimental accuracy between predictions by the HMMSF model and shear stress as well as normal stress data of the LDPEs investigated.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRheologica Acta
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Low-density polyethylene
  • HMMSF model
  • Crystallinity
  • Dynamic mechanical analysis
  • Shear rheology
  • Cone-partitioned-plate
  • Shear stress overshoot
  • First normal stress overshoot

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