Gap-Dependence of the Viscosity of a Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Copolymer

Douglass S. Kalika, Laurent Nuel, Morton M. Denn

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We have measured the shear and complex viscosities of a thermotropic liquid crystalline copolymer of p-hydroxybenzoic acid and 2,6-hydroxynaphthoic acid as a function of capillary diameter and parallel-plate gap spacing. In contrast to a study by Wissbrun, Kiss, and Cogswell, who reported that the viscosity increases significantly at small gaps, we find no dependence on the capillary diameter and a small decrease in complex viscosity with parallel-plate spacing. In an appendix we address an experimental artifact that can lead to an apparent decrease of the viscosity with gap spacing even for flexible polymers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1059-1070
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Rheology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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