A new route for the production of high modulus and strength, crosslinked ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) structures was explored, trans-l,4-Polybutadiene (t-I,4-PB) is added to UHMW-PE, prior to dissolution and ultra-drawing, to enhance the crosslinking efficiency of drawn tapes upon electron-beam irradiation. It was found that undrawn solution-cast films exhibit a two-phase structure consisting of a continuous UHMW-PE phase and dispersed t-I,4-PB domains. Upon drawing, the t-I,4-PB phase is deformed to elongated domains with a width of a few nanometres, and both the UHMW-PE and t-I,4-PB phase are highly oriented. The addition of t-I,4-PB indeed enhances the crosslinking efficiency of drawn, oriented UHMW-PE tapes. Tapes with a high gel fraction (>95°/'0) and improved high-temperature resistance could be produced.
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Crosslinking of polyethylene fibres using trans-l,4-polybutadiene as a macromolecular prorad / Y. M. T. Engelen, C. W. M. Bastiaansent and P. J. Lemstra // Polymer. – 1994. – Vol 35. – P. 729-733.