Rheologica Acta

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 352–360 | Cite as

Rheological properties of carbon black-filled blends of liquid-crystalline copolyester with thermoplastic polysulfone

  • V. F. Shumsky
  • Yu. S. Lipatov
  • V. G. Kulichikhin
  • I. P. Getmanchuk
Original Contributions


Rheological properties of a two-phase polymeric blend containing LCCPE of poly(ethylene terephthalate) and p-hydroxybenzoic acid and thermoplastic polysulfone with varying concentrations of polymeric components and particulate filler have been studied. The theological behavior of such blends at different temperatures is governed by variation of the degree of ordering of LC-CPE macromolecules associated with the phase transition in the CPE at 260°C. Experimental results are discussed on the basis of concepts of compatibility of polymeric components in the melt or, if the system is incompatible, of the degree of interphase interaction between the components, as well as the impact of the filler and of the shear straining conditions on structurization in the system and compatibility. The filler exerts a compatibilizing effect on blend components, while the shear stress encourages the phase separation in the system. An extremal variation of viscosity of the LC-CPE/carbon black, silica and talk blends with the filler concentration on both at the flow in a uniform shear stress field and at the capillary flow has been found. Normalization of the filler concentration with respect to its specific surface yields a unified concentration dependence of the relative viscosity of LC-CPE filled with solid particles of various natures and specific surfaces.

Key words

Liquid crystalline polymer filled polymer blend copolyester polysulfone carbon black 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. F. Shumsky
    • 1
  • Yu. S. Lipatov
    • 1
  • V. G. Kulichikhin
    • 2
  • I. P. Getmanchuk
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Physical Chemistry of Polymers Institute of Macromolecular ChemistryUkrainian Academy of SciencesKievUkraine
  2. 2.Institute of Petrochemical SynthesisRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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