Shear and elongational behavior of linear low-density and low-density polyethylene blends from capillary rheometry

A. J. Muller, V. Balsamo, F. Da Silva, C. M. Rosales, Avelino E Saez

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In this work we present an experimental study of shear and apparent elongational behavior of linear low-density (LLDPE) and low-density (LDPE) polyethylene blends by means of capillary rheometry. The characterization of these rheological properties is crucial in the design of a blend that combines the ease of processing of LDPE with the mechanical advantages of the LLDPE. Two different low-density polyethylenes and one common linear low-density polyethylene were used to prepare the blends. The results obtained indicate a strong sensitivity of the rheology of the blend to changes in the molecular weight of the LDPE employed. For the higher molecular weight LDPE, the shear viscosity of the blend was essentially equal to that of the LDPE homopolymer up to a concentration of 25% of LLDPE, whereas the apparent extensional viscosity was appreciably lower. For the lower molecular weight LDPE, the same trend was obtained regarding the shear viscosity, but in this case the apparent extensional viscosity of the blend was somewhat higher than that of the LDPE homopolymer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1455-1463
Number of pages9
JournalPolymer Engineering and Science
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1994
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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