Shear‐induced orientation of side‐group liquid‐crystalline polymers

Rangaramanujam M. Kannan, Julia A. Kornfield, Norbert Schwenk, Christine Boeffel

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Side group liquid‐crystalline polymers (SG‐LCP) will need to be macroscopically oriented if the applications foreseen for them are to be realized. The first observation of oscillatory‐sheer‐induced alignment of an SG‐LCP melt (the Figure shows a schematic of the rheo‐optical apparatus used) is reported. This discovery widens the potential applications of SG‐LCPs, but also raises fundamental questions regarding the mechanism of flow‐induced alignment. (Figure Presented.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-216
Number of pages3
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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