Title Controlling micro- and nanofibrillar morphology of polymer blends in low-speed melt spinning process: II. Influences of extrusion rate on morphological changes of a PLA/PVA blend through a capillary die
Date 15.12.2016
Number 50466
Abstract The effects of the extrusion rate on the morphological changes of poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) blend through a capillary die were investigated. In this study, the extrusion rate or mass flow rate is altered from 0.5 g min-1 to 2 g min-1 with an increment of 0.5 g min-1. The PLA/PVA blend with a composition of 30/70 (wt %) exhibits a particle matrix morphology with dispersed PLA droplets within the PVA matrix. It is found that, the spherical or ellipsoidal dispersed PLA droplets are elongated and coalesced into rod-like or longer ellipsoidal droplets when they pass through the capillary die. When the extrusion rate increases, the coalescence between the large PLA droplets occurs more intense. However, the changes of the extrusion rate have no strong effect on the coalescence of small droplets having diameter less than about 150 nm. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2016, 133, 44257.
Publisher Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Citation Journal of Applied Polymer Science 133 (2016) Art.No. 44257
Authors Tran, N. H. A. ; Brünig, H. ; Auf der Landwehr, M. ; Vogel, R. ; Pionteck, J. ; Heinrich, G.

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