The microrheology of polymer blends as influenced by crosslinks induced in the dispersed phase via electron beam irradiation, is systematically investigated for the model system polystyrene/low density polyethylene (PS/LDPE). Both break-up of threads and coalescence of particles are delayed to a large extent, but are not inhibited completely and occur faster than would be expected for a nonirradiated material with a comparable viscosity. Small amplitude, dynamic rheological measurements indicated that in the irradiated materials a yield stress could exist. In contrast, direct microrheological measurements showed that this yield stress, which would prevent both break-up and coalescence, could not be realized by EB irradiation. Apparently, the direct study of the microrheology of a blend system is important for the prediction of the development of its morphology and it is not possible to rely only on rheological data obtained via other methods.
|Journal||Journal of Rheology|
|Publication status||Published - 1991|