In the reported experiments, the rheological properties of narrow-molecular-weight-distribution linear and star-branched polyisoprenes have been determined using both shearing and stretching deformations. At all strain rates studied the tensile stress measured under transient and steady-state conditions did not increase above the linear viscoelastic value. The absence of an enhanced tensile stress for the branched polymer is in contrast to what is observed for branched low-density polyethylene. An explanation for the difference is proposed. Additional remarks are made about the broad distribution of relaxation times observed for star-branched polyisoprenes and about the approach to steady state in constant-strain-rate and constant-stress tests.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of polymer science. Part A-2, Polymer physics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1983|
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