In this paper, a study of the relationship between the impact performance of rotationally molded polyethylenes and their dynamic mechanical properties is carried out. A wide range of conventional linear low density polyethylene powders and metallocene catalyzed linear low density polyethylene powders were rotationally molded and tested. Instrumented falling weight impact tests were carried out over a temperature range of -60°C to 20°C. Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis (DMTA) tests were also carried out between -100°C and 90°C, at a frequency of 100 Hz. Comparisons between the impact performance of metallocene catalyzed LLDPEs and Ziegler-Natta LLDPEs are made. The transitions evident in the DMTA results are related to changes in impact performance with temperature. The beta transition is found to fall in the transition region between high impact performance at low temperatures and lower impact performance at ambient temperatures.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Polymer Engineering and Science|
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - 1 Jan 2003|