The relation between the impact toughness and flow-induced crystalline orientation of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) was investigated. Flow-induced crystalline orientation was created in the samples via injection moulding and the amount of orientation was controlled through variation of processing conditions (injection temperature) and sample thickness. The impact toughness behaviour was found to be strongly dependent on the amount of crystalline orientation, whereas the loading direction also had a strong influence, e.g. giving highest impact properties in flow direction. Subsequently, injection moulded samples of HDPE modified with calcium carbonate filler particles were tested. In this case a similar relation between crystalline orientation and loading direction was found, whereas the total amount of flow-induced crystallization was observed to be strongly influenced by the presence of the filler particles.
|Title of host publication||Flow Induced Crystallization of Polymers : impact on processing and manufacturing properties, conference held in Salerno, Italy, 15th-17th October 2001 : invited and selected contributions|
|Editors||G. Guerra, G. Titomanlio|
|Place of Publication||Weinheim|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|