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Film blowing of linear low-density polyethylene blended with a novel hyperbranched polymer processing aid
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2000 (English)In: Polymer, ISSN 0032-3861, E-ISSN 1873-2291, Vol. 41, no 21, 7705-7713 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of hyperbranched polymer (HBP) as a processing aid for linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) in the tubular film blowing process was investigated. Through the addition of HBP, sharkskin was successfully eliminated without significantly changing the overall physical properties of LLDPE films. Also, there was a minimum of 40% enhancement in processing rate with addition of 0.5 wt% HBP. The study showed that HBP and LLDPE are immiscible, and HBP has a tendency to migrate to the surface, subsequently, it seems to form a lubricating layer between the metal surfaces and the bulk material. This phase separation between HBP and LLDPE results in an HBP-rich surface, which has a high potential to create unique surface properties tailored to various applications. Rheological analysis indicated that excessive slip was present in HBP/LLDPE suggesting that the onset of slip is not the cause of sharkskin. On the contrary, it may be partially responsible for the elimination of sharkskin.

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2000. Vol. 41, no 21, 7705-7713 p.
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processing aids, hyperbranched polymers, dendrimers, wall slip, melt fracture, dendritic macromolecules, molecular architecture, capillary-flow, extrusion, instabilities, dendrimers, viscosity, behavior
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Polymer Chemistry
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-19886DOI: 10.1016/S0032-3861(00)00130-0ISI: 000088064800014OAI: diva2:338578
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10 Last updated: 2010-10-26Bibliographically approved

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