Polymer Engineering Faculty Research

Rheological Behavior of Liquid Crystalline Polymer/Polymer Blends

Robert Weiss, The University of Akron


This paper reviews the literature on the rheological behavior of liquid crystalline polymer/polymer blends. The advantages of blending a LCP with a thermoplastic polymer is that the LCP serves as a processing aid and can also form a reinforcing phase. Rheology plays an important role in determining the morphology and hence the mechanical properties of these blends. This review also discusses the slow behavior of neat liquid crystalline polymers.