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Rheology, morphology, and mechanical properties of HMSPP/POE blends and its alternate layered foam

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In this article, the multilayered foaming sheet with alternate layered structure was successfully prepared through multilayer co-extrusion. The high melt strength polypropylene (HMSPP)/poly (ethylene-co-octene) (POE) blend and POE were designed as foaming layers and film layers, respectively. POE was added into HMSPP to reduce the crystalline degree and improve the processing performance. The rheological results indicated that the addition of POE had a little effect on relaxation process and the strain hardening behavior of HMSPP when the POE content was lower than 50%. The results of the foam morphology showed that the cell size and its distribution of the multilayered foaming sheet with alternate layers were better than that with single layer. In addition, the cell size reduced and the cell density increased with increasing the number of layers from 4 to 32. The mechanical properties of the multilayered foaming sheet with alternate layers also could be improved through assembling of foaming layers and film layers. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41339.

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