In this work liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) and thermoplastic (TP) blends with and without compatibilizer were studied with respect to their elongational flow behavior, under uniaxial extensional flow. This knowledge is important because in processes involving dominantly extensional deformations, like the case of the formation of the LCP fibrillation, transient extensional flow properties become more important than transient or steady-shear properties. In systems characterized by disperse phase morphologies (10 and 20 wt%) the LCP acts as a plasticizer, decreasing the viscosity of the system and increasing its durability with respect to that of the matrix. On the other hand, for a system in which a co-continuous morphology is present (40 wt% LCP) fibrils and droplets deformation occurs simultaneously, leading to a much higher strain hardening and durability. Moreover, the addition of compatibilizers to the blends gives rise to an increase of the strain hardening and to a decrease of the durability, which is in accordance with the mechanical properties, namely a higher Young's modulus and lower elongation at break, in comparison with noncompatibilized systems.
- Liquid crystalline polymer and thermoplastic blends
- Transient uniaxial extensional viscosity