Experimental Research on the Viscosity of Polymer Melts Filling through Micro Channels
Experimental observations indicate that the viscosity of polymer melt flowing through micro channel is altered with variation of characteristic size of micro channels. The explanation about the trend of various viscosity is inconsistent. In this paper, the micro channel dies of 1000μm ,500μm and 350μm diameter were developed and with several polymers, including PP , PS and HDPE, depending on the capillary flow model, the measurement experiments of polymer melt viscosity were investigated at various shear rate. Test results show that with micro-channel size decrease, the percentage reduction in viscosity increases and the difference of viscosities in different micro channels reduces with increasing shear rate.
B. Xu et al., "Experimental Research on the Viscosity of Polymer Melts Filling through Micro Channels", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 314-316, pp. 1346-1349, 2011