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Thermostimulative shape memory effect of linear low-density polyethylene/polypropylene (LLDPE/PP) blends compatibilized by crosslinked LLDPE/PP blend (LLDPE–PP)

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  • Hong Liu,

    1. School of Material Science and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, TianJin 300457, China
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  • Shu-Cai Li,

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    1. School of Material Science and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, TianJin 300457, China
    • School of Material Science and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, TianJin 300457, China
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  • Yi Liu,

    1. School of Material Science and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, TianJin 300457, China
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  • Mahmood Iqbal

    1. School of Material Science and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, TianJin 300457, China
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Abstract

A novel linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE)/polypropylene (PP) thermostimulative shape memory blends were prepared by melt blending with moderate crosslinked LLDPE/PP blend (LLDPE–PP) as compatibilizer. In this shape memory polymer (SMP) blends, dispersed PP acted as fixed phase whereas continuous LLDPE phase acted as reversible or switch phase. LLDPE–PP improved the compatibility of LLDPE/PP blends as shown in scanning electron microscopic photos. Dynamic mechanical analysis test showed that the melt strengths of the blends were enhanced with increasing LLDPE–PP content. A shape memory mechanism for this type of SMP system was then concluded. It was found that when the blend ratio of LLDPE/PP/LLDPE–PP was 87/13/6, the blend exhibited the best shape memory effect at stretch ratio of 80%, stretch rate of 25 mm/min, and recovery temperature of 135°C. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2011.

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