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MOP – Multiaxially oriented polymer structure by homoepitaxy


Abstract

A new process for the formation of bi- or multi-axially oriented polymer structures has been developed.


Solution

The polymer is firstly crosslinked low, then melted and at last crystallized in the stretched state. As a result, a part of the crystals formed parallel to the direction of elongation while another part crystallizes approximately perpendicular to it (homoepitaxy). The degree of biaxial orientation can be controlled over the extend of stretching during crystallization.


Advantages

  • simple manufacturing process
  • extremely stiff and solid plates and profiles

Scope of application

The invention enables a thickness-independent homogeneous biaxial orientation and thus a considerable biaxial mechanical reinforcement of polymers such as, for example, isotactic poly(propylene) (iPP). Possible technical applications are highly loadable lightweight boards or profiles.


Service

An European patent application for this invention has been filed. As an exemplary embodiment, iPP was oriented multiaxially by crystallization upon uniaxial stretching. Detailed experimental data are available. On behalf of the TU Dortmund, PROvendis is seeking a licensee for the new technology.


PROvendis GmbH

Dr. Joachim Kaiser
+49.208 94105-23
jk@provendis.info
www.provendis.info
Address
Schloßstr. 11-15
45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr



Development status

Proof of concept


Patent situation

  • EP pending

Keywords

Polymer, Polypropylen, iPP, Folien, Platten, Leichtbau Polymer, polypropylene, iPP, foils, boards, lightweigt

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