Microfibrillar reinforced composites—new materials from polymer blends

Authors

  • Stoyko Fakirov,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University Polymer Research Center and TUBITAK Advanced Polymeric Materials Research Center 80815 Bebek–Istanbul (Turkey)
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  • Dr. Michail Evstatiev

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    1. Laboratory of the Structure and Properties of Polymers University of Sofia Bld. A. Ivanov I, 1126 Sofia (Bulgaria)
    • Laboratory of the Structure and Properties of Polymers University of Sofia Bld. A. Ivanov I, 1126 Sofia (Bulgaria)
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  • The financial support of the Ministry of Education and Science, Bulgaria and of the BMFT, Germany, is gratefully acknowledged.

Abstract

Microfibrillar-reinforced composites (MFCs) are a fundamentally new type of polymer composites. MFCs are prepared by a novel technique comprising drawing a polymer blend, which leads to fibrillization (orientation of both components), followed by melting of one component while preserving the oriented structure of the higher melting point component (see Figure), This method is explained in detail by means of an example, and the mechanical parameters of an MFC are presented.

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