Binary blends of metallocene polyethylene with conventional polyolefins: Rheological and morphological properties

Citation
H. Kwag et al., Binary blends of metallocene polyethylene with conventional polyolefins: Rheological and morphological properties, POLYM ENG S, 40(7), 2000, pp. 1672-1681
Citations number
30
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Material Science & Engineering
Journal title
POLYMER ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
ISSN journal
0032-3888 → ACNP
Volume
40
Issue
7
Year of publication
2000
Pages
1672 - 1681
Database
ISI
SICI code
0032-3888(200007)40:7<1672:BBOMPW>2.0.ZU;2-1
Abstract
The rheology and morphology of four sets of binary blends of polyethylene s ynthesized with metallocene catalysis (metallocene polyethylene: MCPE) with polyolefins prepared using Ziegler-Natta catalysts have been investigated. The blend systems are MCPE with high density polyethylene (MCPE-HDPE), pol ypropylene (MCPE-PP), poly(propylene-co-ethylene) (MCPE-CoPP), and poly(pre pylene-co-ethylene-co-1-butylene) (MCPE-TerPP). Cole-Cole plots [storage me lt viscosity (eta') versus loss melt viscosity (eta ")], plots of the dynam ic storage modulus (G') versus the dynamic loss modulus (G "), and plots of the log melt viscosity (eta*, eta', and eta ") versus blend compositions w ere constructed. The morphology of the blends after microtoming and etching was studied. The phase morphology of MCPE-HDPE appeared homogeneous, where as the other three blends were heterogeneous. Rheological and morphological investigations indicated that the MCPE-HDPE blend was miscible, but the ot her three blends were immiscible in the melt as well as in the solid state. These observations can be rationalized in terms of the similarity of the c hemical structures of the polyolefins.