Low density polyethylene (LDPE) is extruded, stretched, and photocrosslinked at different temperatures with different stretch rations in a continuous production line. Three different sequences are adopted: crosslinking before drawing, crosslinking after drawing, and crosslinking during drawing. The effect of drawing is studied by measuring the tensile properties. The increase of tensile strength and the decrease of elongation at break after stretching are related to chain orientation in crystalline m…
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