Thermotropic liquid crystal polymers consist of rod‐like molecules and are often called “self reinforcing thermoplastics.” Their rheological behaviors as well as orientation development during processing are often very similar to those of short fiber‐filled composites. Without reinforcement, the polymer shows superior mechanical properties to conventional glass fiber‐reinforced engineering resins. The orientation distribution in the crosssection as well as flow patterns in the molded thermotropic polymers are clearly visible to the naked eye due to color differences. This makes it particularly convenient to study the orientation distribution as well as the flow patterns of packing, back flow, jetting, flow instabilities, and weld line formation in injection molding. This paper discusses physical properties of a typical ther motropic polymer and their relationship to mold filling process in the injection molding.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry