Liquid crystal polymer/polyethylene blends for thin film applications

Authors

  • T. C. Hsu,

    1. Polymer Science Program, Department of Material Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
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  • A. M. Lichkus,

    1. Polymer Science Program, Department of Material Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
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    • Davis and Geck, Div. of American Cyanamid Co., One Casper St., Danbury, CT 06810.

  • I. R. Harrison

    1. Polymer Science Program, Department of Material Science and Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
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Abstract

A series of liquid crystal polymer/polyethylene (LCP/PE) blends have been studied to determine the potential of such a system to produce a high modulus film material which retains fabrication and low temperature characteristics of some current PE films. The subject of liquid crystalline polymer blends has been the focus of significant attention for the last decade due to the novel rheological and mechanical properties of this class of polymers. It has been demonstrated that if an LCP blend is processed under elongational flow conditions, the partially ordered LCP meso-phase intermediate allows the development of an oriented fibrillar morphology which is retained upon solidification. In this study, blown films of blends of 5 and 15% LCP in PE have been produced which show an enhancement in modulus over the neat PE matrix. These results are discussed in terms of processing conditions, LCP reinforcement aspect ratio, fibril diameter, and LCP/PE modulus ratio.

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