Trace levels of mechanochemical effects in pulverized polyolefins

M. Ganglani*, John M Torkelson, Stephen Howard Carr, K. Khait

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This research investigated the structural changes that occur on different polyethylene polymer systems as a result of a novel pulverization process called solid-state shear pulverization (S3P). High-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, and two forms of linear low-density polyethylene were run through a pulverizer under high shear conditions as well as low shear conditions. The physical properties were examined before and after the pulverization via melt index, melt rheology, GPC, and DSC, techniques. The low shear pulverization did not noticeably alter the physical properties of the polymers. In contrast, high shear pulverization did result in an increase in viscosity as observed by melt index and oscillatory shear experiments, although solid-state and bulk properties as observed by DSC and GPC were not affected. These results indicate that a small amount of mechanochemically induced changes occur as a result of the pulverization process, including incorporation of a small amount of long-chain branches randomly placed on a few of the polymer chains. No evidence of short-chain branching resulting from S3P processing was found in these systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-679
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 25 2001


  • Branching
  • DSC
  • GPC
  • Polyethylene
  • Rheology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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