Boron nitride based processing aids

  • Hatzikiriakos, Savvas G. (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of British Columbia) ;
  • Rathod, Nimish (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of British Columbia)
  • Published : 2003.12.01

Abstract

Boron nitride is a new processing aid that is capable of eliminating gross melt fracture in several polymer processing operations. Its combinations with other processing aids i.e. fluoropolymers offer additional possibilities of obtaining enhanced processing aids that may take the processes to rates not realized before. A variety of different such combinations are discussed in this paper. The essential componenets are (1) boron nitride capable of eliminating gross melt fracture and (2) suitable lubricant capable of eliminating surface melt fracture such as stearates for the polyolefin processing and polyethylenes for the processing of fluoropolymers.

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