Rheological and Morphological Properties of Dispersed Polymeric Materials

Filled Polymers and Polymer Blends
Copyright: 2016
ISBN: 978-1-56990-607-1
Hardcover: 474 pages


Introduction. General Rheological Features of Polymeric Materials. Characteristic Properties of Particles.   Rheological Properties of Newtonian Polymeric Materials Filled with Microparticles. Rheological Properties of Polymeric Materials Filled with Nanoparticles. Rheological Properties of Thermoplastic Materials with Carbon Fillers. Rheological Properties of Filled Thermoplastics with Respect to Applications. Elongational Properties of Filled Thermoplastics. Rheological Behavior of Polymer Melts with Intrinsic Structural Heterogeneities. Appendix Related to Particle-Filled Samples. Introduction to Polymer Blends. Determination of Miscibility of Polymer Blends. Rheological Properties of Blends of Homologous Polymeric Materials. Rheological Properties of Polymeric Materials Filled with Rubbery Particles. Rheological Properties of Immiscible Polymer Blends. Rheological Behavior of Compatibilized Blends. Morphology Development of Immiscible Blends. Morphology Development in Compatibilized Polymer Blends. Appendix Related to Polymer Blends. About the Author.


The rheology of polymer melts plays an important role today in industry and academia. Although several textbooks on this subject are available, with very few exceptions they cover homogeneous products only. This book is unique in that it focuses on heterogeneous systems such as particle-filled materials and polymer blends, which are highly important in the world market. It deals with similarities and differences of the flow properties of these two classes of material, providing both a fundamental and a practical understanding.

Key points of the book are the viscous and elastic properties of engineering polymers filled with functional particles and the influence of nanoparticles on rheological properties. Two key aspects of rheological measurements are discussed: the influence of heterogeneous structures on the flow of materials important for processing and the use of rheological means to get an insight into morphological features. Both approaches are applied to particle-filled melts and to polymer blends. In the latter case it is shown in detail in which way the deformation of droplets formed by the dispersed phase can be affected by outer deformation, particularly in elongation.

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Author Info:

Münstedt, H.

Helmut Münstedt is retired professor and former Head of the Institute of Polymer Materials of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He is a leading expert in polymer science and rheology and has made important contributions to relationships between structure and properties of polymeric materials. Under his guidance developments in measurement techniques such as the application of laser-Doppler velocimetry to polymer melts and the Münstedt tensile rheometer were carried out. He is the author of more than 200 publications in scientific journals, concerning various fields of polymers.