Influence of the Molar Mass on Long-Chain Branching of Polypropylene
AbstractLong-chain branching (LCB) with peroxydicarbonates (PODIC) is known as a suitable post-reactor process to introduce strain-hardening behaviour and an increase of melt strength to a linear polypropylene (PP). This opens up new possibilities for processing and therefore application. Especially in the case of adding value to PP post-consumer waste, LCB is a promising approach. LCB takes place by a combination of chain scission and recombination after radical activation of the PP macromolecule. However, chemical modification of post-consumer waste is challenging because of the inhomogeneous composition and the manifold number of PP grades. The influence of the molar mass of the linear PP precursor on this reaction was studied with different PP grades ranging from extrusion grade to injection moulding grade. To exclude side effects, all PP grades had similar polydispersity indices. A PP with higher molar mass undergoes significant chain scission during the LCB process compared to a PP with low molar mass for injection moulding. Therefore, the two grades differ significantly in their branching number, which influences their behaviour in elongational flow. View Full-Text
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Kamleitner, F.; Duscher, B.; Koch, T.; Knaus, S.; Schmid, K.; Archodoulaki, V.-M. Influence of the Molar Mass on Long-Chain Branching of Polypropylene. Polymers 2017, 9, 442.
Kamleitner F, Duscher B, Koch T, Knaus S, Schmid K, Archodoulaki V-M. Influence of the Molar Mass on Long-Chain Branching of Polypropylene. Polymers. 2017; 9(9):442.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kamleitner, Florian; Duscher, Bernadette; Koch, Thomas; Knaus, Simone; Schmid, Klaus; Archodoulaki, Vasiliki-Maria. 2017. "Influence of the Molar Mass on Long-Chain Branching of Polypropylene." Polymers 9, no. 9: 442.
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