Texture development in polyethylene II. Unidirectional rolling

Stephen Krause, W. F. Hosford

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The effect of degree of strain on texture development in high‐density polyethylene has been studied by pole figure analysis for unidirectional rolling. The crystallite orientation distribution in rolling textures has been quantified with an efficient technique which fits three‐parameter, two‐dimensional Gaussian‐type distributions to pole figure intensity data around ideal single crystal orientations. During flat rolling of polyethylene a texture consisting of a strong (100) [001] component and a weak (110) [001] component develops continuously from the lowest true strain of 0.24 (21% reduction) up to the highest true strain of 1.36 (74% reduction). The peak intensity of the Gaussian distributions of both (100) [001] and (110) [001] components increase continuously to the highest strain. The maximum angular breadth of both component distributions, which are roughly perpendicular to the strain direction, remains constant with increasing strain. The minimum angular breadth of both component distributions, which are roughly parallel to the strain direction, decreases continuously owing to gradual alignment of the covalently bonded chain backbone parallel to the strain direction. The development of the (100) [001] component is explained by slip on (100) planes while the weak (110) [001] component is explained by slip on (110) planes. Although the latter component was previously attributed to (110) or (310) relaxation twinning, this seems unlikely because of the lateral constraint during plane strain deformation conditions used in this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1867-1886
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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