Comparison of the elongational behavior of various polyolefins in uniaxial and equibiaxial flows
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- Stadler, F.J., Nishioka, A., Stange, J. et al. Rheol Acta (2007) 46: 1003. doi:10.1007/s00397-007-0190-y
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For processing operations with a pronounced elongational component, it was found that the uniformity of extruded items is improved by the presence of strain hardening usually measured in uniaxial elongation. Many processing operations such as foaming, film blowing, and blow molding are dominated by biaxial deformations, however, and therefore, the question arises how strain hardening in uniaxial and biaxial deformation compares. Besides a linear and long-chain branched PP, one classical LDPE, an HDPE pipe extrusion grade with a bimodal MMD, and a LCB-mPE were also characterized. For the measurements in uniaxial elongation the Münstedt tensile rheometer (MTR) and the ARES-EVF were used, while the lubricated flow method was applied for equibiaxial deformation. It was found that the strain hardening in uniaxial elongation is more pronounced. The dependence of strain hardening on strain rate is qualitatively the same in both modes. In the range of strain rates, the chosen long-chain branched LDPE and PP exhibit a strain hardening, which is approximately independent of the elongational rates applied, whereas for the HDPE it becomes smaller with increasing rate.