A high pressure parallel plate rheometer is utilised to probe the rheological properties of polycaprolactone (PCL) over a range of temperatures (80 to 120 °C) and CO2 pressures (atmospheric to 100 bar). Interpretation of storage/loss modulus against angular frequency plots show that the reptation time of PCL can be significantly reduced by the addition of 60 bar CO2. This reduction is equivalent to heating the polymer by 20 °C. Application of a time/temperature superposition, coupled with the Arrhenius equation, shows that the addition of CO2 also lowers the activation energy to flow from 31.3 to approximately 21 kJ mol-‐1.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||European Polymer Journal|
|Early online date||6 Dec 2012|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2013|
- Supercritical CO2