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Interfacial Instabilities - Gels

Modified on Thursday, 26 February 2015 04:33 PM by mpieler Categorized as Extrusion Hints
Interfacial Instabilities - Gels
Vol. 35 #1, Winter 2010

Interfacial instabilities in coex films can often give the appearance of gels. These “gels” are actually one polymer flowing across the interface into the other polymer layer due to localized rheology mismatches. The phenomena is most common at chemically bonded interfaces between tie-resins and EVOH or Nylon but can also occur at non bonded interfaces with significantly different viscosities mismatches. This type of interfacial instability is difficult to correct by changing processing conditions alone and usually require material changes. For best results, estimate shear rates in the die and choose materials with similar viscosities at those shear rates. When small viscosity mismatches are unavoidable, it is best to run the lower viscosity material closer to the channel wall.

- Dan Ward, Nova Chemicals

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