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Rheology of poly(vinyl chloride) plastisol for superhigh shear-rate processing. I



In coating operations with poly(vinyl chloride) plastisol, there is a high shear limit because the flow becomes unstable. However, there is an indication that the flow becomes stable at superhigh shear rates well past the unstable region. This article explores the effect of the particle size (with a similar size distribution spread) and the effect of the amount of the emulsifier on the flow at superhigh shear rates. It has been known that below the flow instability, larger particles lead to a lower viscosity, and an increased amount of the emulsifier leads to a higher viscosity. The question is whether or not the same trends persist at superhigh shear rates. Observations in this study confirm these trends. In addition, the emulsifier has been found to enhance the interparticle attraction. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2010