Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 1081–1089 | Cite as

Polyethylene-polyethylene microfibrillar composites

  • Z. Bashir
  • J. A. Odell


Solid-state drawing of melt-crystallized, or gel(solution)-crystallized, polyethylene (PE) is well established as a means of producing high modulus high-strength fibres. Here, an alternative route, based on melt-processing, is reviewed and its merits are assessed. Contrary to expectation, melt processing of flexible chain polymers can directly yield oriented products with good mechanical properties, without the need for post-drawing in the solid state. The melt-processed PE can give a special microfibrillar composite morphology which results in good mechanical properties. The paper also reviews aspects of composites design by comparing these microfibrillar composites with traditional fibre composites and molecular composites.


Polymer Mechanical Property Polyethylene Solid State Chain Polymer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. Bashir
    • 1
  • J. A. Odell
    • 1
  1. 1.H.H. Wills Physics LaboratoryUniversity of BristolUK

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