Polymer Engineering Faculty Research

Blends Containing Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Preparation and Properties of Melt-Drawn Fibers, Unidirectional Prepregs and Composite Laminates

Robert Weiss, The University of Akron


This paper discusses the effect of melt drawing on the mechanical properties and morphology of liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) and thermoplastic polymer blends. Extruded fibers and films of LCP/polymer blends were melt drawn to develop uniaxial orientation of the dispersed LCP phase. The longitudinal modulus increased with increasing draw. The increase in modulus was due to higher aspect ratio of the LCP fibrils and improved molecular orientation of the LCP chains within the fibrils. Laminated composites were prepared using the extruded sheets as prepregs. The mechanical properties and the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the prepreg and the laminates agreed well with predictions from conventional composite lamination theories.