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Processing characteristics and mechanical properties of metallocene catalyzed linear low-density polyethylene foams for rotational molding

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Archer, E, Harkin-Jones, E, Kearns, MP and Fatnes, AM (2004) Processing characteristics and mechanical properties of metallocene catalyzed linear low-density polyethylene foams for rotational molding. POLYMER ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE, 44 (4). pp. 638-647. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1002/pen.20058

Abstract

The object of this work is to assess the suitability of metallocene catalyzed linear low-density polyethylenes for the rotational molding of foams and to link the material and processing conditions to cell morphology and part mechanical properties (flexural and compressive strength). Through adjustments to molding conditions, the significant processing and physical material parameters that optimize metallocene catalyzed linear low-density polyethylene foam structure have been identified. The results obtained from an equivalent conventional grade of Ziegler-Natta catalyzed linear low-density polyethylene are used as a basis for comparison. The key findings of this study are that metallocene catalyzed LLDPE can be used in rotational foam molding to produce a foam that will perform as well as a Ziegler-Natta catalyzed foam and that foam density is by far the most influential factor over mechanical properties of foam. (C) 2004 Society of Plastics Engineers.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Engineering Composites
ID Code:5743
Deposited By:Dr Edward Archer
Deposited On:04 Jan 2010 12:19
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 11:07

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