An environmentally friendly process for the preparation of UHMWPE As-Spun fibres

Abdul Waqar Rajput, Anwar ul Aleem, Farooq Ahmed Arain

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Abstract

The extrusion of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibres cannot be achieved by conventional extrusion processes due to its very high melt viscosity. To overcome this limitation, UHMWPE is first dissolved in a petrochemical to form a gel before extrusion. The petrochemicals used to dissolve the polymer then need to be removed using other chemicals making the process unfriendly to the environment. This article is focused on finding an environmentally friendly, natural solution to replace these chemicals and altering the process to potentially reduce the process cost.

Original languageEnglish
Article number480149
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Polymer Science
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • MOLECULAR-WEIGHT POLYETHYLENE
  • POLYMER CRYSTALS
  • LONGITUDINAL GROWTH
  • FLOWING SOLUTIONS
  • STRENGTH
  • FILMS
  • FILAMENTS
  • TEMPERATURE
  • MECHANISM
  • SOLVENT

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