Mixing process for generating in-situ reinforced thermoplastics
Center for Innovative Technology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
Baird, Donald G.
Sukhadia, Ashish M.
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A method for blending polymeric materials includes the steps of producing a melt stream of a first polymer from a first extruder (12) and a separate melt stream of a second polymer from a second extruder (14), joining the melt streams at a T-junction (16), distributing the first polymer within said second polymer using a static mixer (10), and extruding the blend through a die (18). In particular, using this method liquid crystal polymer fiber reinforcement can be formed in-situ within a matrix material.
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