Modelling in Science Education and Learning (2017-01-01)

Modeling and analysis rheology of polymers for application in technologies “self-crimping” and its adaptation to the practices of Polymer Materials Engineering

  • N. Montanes,
  • L. Sánchez-Nacher,
  • M.J. Reig,
  • O. Fenollar,
  • T. Boronat

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 10, no. 1
pp. 243 – 252


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Polymers are manufactured in molted state, so the rheological properties are mandatory in order to analyse and evaluate its processability. The prediction of the viscoelastic response of a material and the simulation of the behavior of the same when it is processed is achieved with the application of the rheological models. In the preparation by extrusion of bicomponent polymer fibers with self-crimping effect it is essential that the two components have the same viscosity at the nozzle outlet. In order to obtain such viscosity each component must be extruded at a different temperature maintaining all other processing conditions unchanged. Using Cross-WLF rheological modelization is it feasible to determine the temperatures for two polymeric materials in order to obtain the same melt viscosity. In the current work a practical session has been proposed for students of Materials Engineering. Using a capillary rheometer, the students should be able to determine the rheological behavior of two thermoplastic polymers. After adjusting the behavior of the polymers to Cross-WLF model and using the proposed model the students should be able to determine the temperatures in which both polymers have the same viscosity.