Application of Rheology to Polymer Processing

  • J. Ferguson
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 302)


Polymer processing consists of nmeltlng or dissolving a polymeric material, shaping it, then solidifying. The choice Of whether a melt or solution technique is used depends on, a) chemical stability, and b) the ability of the ability to melt or dissolve. For example, polyethylene is generally melt processed since it is stable in the melt but only soluble with some difficulty. Polyacrylonitrile and its copolymers, in comparison, are soluble but infusible, so that they are always processed in solution.


Shear Rate Deborah Number Elongational Viscosity Newtonian Flow Extensional Stress 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Ferguson
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  1. 1.Department of Pure & Applied ChemistryUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK

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