The structure and properties of processed poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) depend on temperature, shear rate, operations time, and morphology of the PVC grains. The aim of our research was the preparation of a nongranular PVC and the examination of its processing during kneading in a Brabender plastographometer in comparison with the processing of commercial PVC. It was stated that grains of virgin PVC-S61, a commercial suspension resin, cause a self-heating of the compound during kneading in such a way that point X of the plastograms occurs at a temperature 15°C lower than that of precipitated PVC (i.e., PVC without grains). As a result of self-heating, time of compound processing needed to reach point depends largely on the grain morphology of the PVC. The less compact structure, the smaller bulk density, and the greater absorption of plasticizer, result in a longer processing time. Homogeneous, loosely packed particles of powder and the crystalline structure of precipitated PVC are different from PVC-S61 morphology and cause a high degree of gelation and low melt flow rate values for compounds processed at 175°C and higher. J. VINYL ADDIT. TECHNOL., 18:147–152, 2012. © 2012 Society of Plastics Engineers
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