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Analysis of the influence of polymer viscosity on the dispersion of magnesium hydroxide in a polyolefin matrix

Abstract : The dispersion of Mg(OH)2 agglomerates at low concentration in a polymer melt was investigated in a transparent counter-rotating shear cell. The influence of the viscosity of the matrix, the initial agglomerate size and the infiltration of the matrix was evaluated. Mg(OH)2 agglomerates have a low cohesion and a fractal structure. Two dispersive mechanisms already mentioned in the literature were identified: erosion and rupture. Critical conditions for rupture were measured and particle size analysis was performed in order to determine the kinetics of erosion. The infiltration of the matrix, which depends on the viscosity, was found to play a key role on dispersion mechanisms. In contrast to previous works, infiltration is more important with the high viscosity matrix. In infiltrated matrix, rupture was found to occur firstly through plastic deformation of the infiltrated agglomerate, and then the agglomerates split into small fragments. In the low viscosity matrix, fragments produced either by rupture or erosion are small aggregates
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Béatriz Olalla, Christian Carrot, René Fulchiron, Innocent Boudimbou, Edith Peuvrel-Disdier. Analysis of the influence of polymer viscosity on the dispersion of magnesium hydroxide in a polyolefin matrix. Rheologica Acta, Springer Verlag, 2012, 51 (3), pp.235-247. ⟨10.1007/s00397-011-0580-z⟩. ⟨hal-00619198⟩

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