Thermal Analyses of Blends of Hyperbranched Linear Low-density Polyethylene (LLDPE) with High-density Polyethylene and LLDPE Prepared by Dissolving Method
AbstractBlends of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), moderate and hyper-branched LLDPEs (LLDPE and HbPE, respectively) have attained widespread commercial applications, though the understanding of the mechanical and melt-flow properties of such blends has been handicapped by the absence of a consensus concerning the degrees of mixing of the components. Moreover, usually the blends are obtained by melt blending, which may not ensure the initial homogeneity of the components. In our work the mixtures were prepared by dissolving the conventional LLDPE having branching content 7.2 wt% with HbPE with comonomer content 17.8 wt% in xylene at 130 °C and stirring for 2 hours. The same procedure was applied for the blending of HDPE with HbPE. After dissolving the mixtures were cooled in liquid nitrogen and after that freeze dried in vacuum line. The ratio of components in the blends was varied. Differential scanning calorimetry has been used to investigate the miscibility and thermal behavior of the blends. For this purpose isothermal and non-isothermal treatment of prepared blends were conducted. By preliminary study the double melting peaks in non-isothermal endotherms have been observed in all the studied blends. The presence of two peaks in DSC scan can be attributed to the formation of separated crystals from both the high density/linear low density and highly branched components. However, certain limited degree of co-crystallization is detected in all the LLDPE/HbPE blends and HDPE/HbPE blend rich in HbPE component.
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