Here we report on the influence of an aliphatic oxalamide-based nucleating agent (OXA3,6) on the viscoelastic and mechanical properties of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) blended with ultrahigh molecular weight iPP (UHMWiPP). The linear viscoelastic properties are investigated by using a plate-plate rheometer; the presence of only 0.5 wt % of OXA3,6 in the iPP-UHMWiPP blends results in a reduction of the complex viscosity in the entire frequency domain examined. This observation holds irrespective of the UHMWiPP weight fraction, up to 25 wt %. The viscosity suppression is attributed to an acceleration of the reorientation times of the chains, especially the longer ones, due to partial alignment of their molecular segments. Furthermore, SAXS measurements on cooled, injection molded samples hint that OXA3,6-containing samples display enhanced alignment under processing conditions (injection molding). Compared to samples without OXA, an increase in the SAXS intensity along the equator is observed in the OXA3,6 samples, implying an enhanced ability of shish-kebab formation. Such a morphological development results in higher yield stress while maintaining the elastic behavior.
|Number of pages||14|
|Early online date||1 Mar 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Apr 2022|
- ENTANGLEMENT MOLECULAR-WEIGHTS
- ISOTACTIC POLYPROPYLENE
- CONSTITUTIVE MODEL
- PLATEAU MODULI