Large-scale extrusion of auxetic polypropylene fibre

ALDERSON, Kim, NAZARÉ, Shonali and ALDERSON, Andrew (2016). Large-scale extrusion of auxetic polypropylene fibre. Physica status solidi b, 253 (7), 1279-1287.

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Auxetic polyproplyene fibres have been produced on a large-scale industrial extruder for the first time. A first batch of tests identified a coarse processing window which was then more closely defined by subsequent tests. The effects of barrel temperature, screw speed, take-up speed and quenching (through the parameters of air gap and bath temperature) on the Poisson’s ratio and Young’s modulus of the fibres were examined. It was found that a temperature of 200ºC, screw speed of 12.5rpm and take-up speed of either 1.5 or 3.5rpm produced fibres with a high degree of auxeticity up to 5% strain – significantly increasing the auxetic strain range previously reported for lab-scale extrusions at lower extruder temperatures. Quenching with a water bath reduced the auxeticity, so was not employed as a processing parameter. Keywords: auxetic, negative Poisson’s ratio, melt extrusion, polypropylene fibre

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Modelling Research Centre
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Page Range: 1279-1287
Depositing User: Andrew Alderson
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 10:52
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:50

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