The formation of fibers during blending of a thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) with a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) using shear flow, and the stability of the fibers and the blend morphologies at elevated temperatures were studied. The polymers used were Vectra A900 (LCP) and Kraton G1650 (TPE). Fiber formation in (predominantly) shear flow was studied using a single screw extruder of which the die was removed. Fibers were obtained in blends with 5 vol% LCP at shear rates as low as 6.3 s−…
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