Preparation and Characterization of Multilayered High-Density Polyethylene with Tunable Crystalline Structure

20 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2024

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Yijie Ma

Sichuan University

Jiawei Gong

Pennsylvania State University

Bin Chen

Sichuan University

Ying Zhang

Sichuan University

Ganji Zhong

Sichuan University

Zhongming Li

Sichuan University

Xueqin Gao

Sichuan University

Abstract

HDPE pipes prepared under conventional processing methods, often suffer from poor pressure resistance and low toughness in rotationally extruded fittings. This study introduced an innovative rotary shear system (RSS) to address these deficiencies through the controlled mandrel rotation and cooling rate. We successfully prepared self-reinforced HDPE pipes with a three-layer structure that combines spherical and shish-kebab crystals. The rotational processing aligned the molecular chains in the ring direction and formed shish-kebab crystals.. As a result, the annular tensile strength of the rotationally processed three-layer shish-kebab structure (TSK) pipe increased from 26.7 MPa to 76.3 MPa, an enhancement of 185.8%. Notably, while maintaining excellent tensile strength (73.4 MPa), the elongation at break of the Spherulite Shish-Kebab Spherulite (SKS) tubes were improved to 50.1%, as compared to 33.8% in the case of Shish-Kebab Spherulite Shish-Kebab (KSK) tubes. This improvement can be attributed to the changes of micro-morphology and polymer structure within the SKS tubes, specifically due to the formation of small-sized shish-kebab crystals and the low degrees of interlocking.In addition,2D-SAXS analysis revealed KSK tubes' higher tensile strength due to smaller crystal sizes and larger shish dimensions, forming dense interlocking structures. In contrast, SKS and TSK tubes had thicker amorphous regions and smaller shish sizes, resulting in reduced interlocking and decreased mechanical performance.

Keywords: shish-kebab, Rotational Shear, multilayer structure

Suggested Citation

Ma, Yijie and Gong, Jiawei and Chen, Bin and Zhang, Ying and Zhong, Ganji and Li, Zhongming and Gao, Xueqin, Preparation and Characterization of Multilayered High-Density Polyethylene with Tunable Crystalline Structure. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4866780 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4866780

Yijie Ma

Sichuan University ( email )

Jiawei Gong

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

Bin Chen

Sichuan University ( email )

No. 24 South Section1, Yihuan Road,
Chengdu, 610064
China

Ying Zhang

Sichuan University ( email )

Ganji Zhong

Sichuan University ( email )

Zhongming Li

Sichuan University ( email )

No. 24 South Section1, Yihuan Road,
Chengdu, 610064
China

Xueqin Gao (Contact Author)

Sichuan University ( email )

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