US T860002 I4
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7 5 1? 0,0 0 a DEFENSIVE PUBLICATION UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE Published at the request of the applicant or owner in accordance with the Notice of Apr. 11, 1968, 849 O.G. 1221. Identification is by serial number of the application and the heading indicates the number of pages of specification, including claims, and of sheets of drawing contained in the application as originally filed. The file of this application is available to the public for inspection; reproduction may be purchased for A30 cents per sheet.
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PUBLISHED MARCH 18, 1969 762,159 PROCESS FOR DRY SPINNING POLY(4-METHYL/- l-PENTENE) Gerald A. McFarren, Wilmington, Del., assignor to Hercules Incorporated, Wilmington, Del., a corporation of Delaware Continuation-impart of abandoned application Ser. No. 375,962, June 17, 1964. This application Sept. 24, 1968. Published Mar. 18, 1969.
Class 264-210 No Drawing. 11 Pages Specification Fibers of high molecular Weight poly(4-methyl-l-pentene) have long been desired because of the high melting point of the polymer (above 230 C.). However, both melt and solution spinning have resulted in severe polymer degradation and the fiber so produced had poor physical properties.
The process of this application enables the production of a fiber of poly(4-methyl-1-pentene) having a reduced specific viscosity (RSV) greater than 5 as measured on a 0.1% solution in decahydronaphthalene at 135 C. The
following steps are carried out:
(1) formation of a gel containing 20-60% by weight of a poly(4-methyl-l-pentene), having an RSV greater than 5, from the dry polymer, or the solventwet filter cake from the polymerizer, by heating with a suitable diluent (hydrocarbon or chlorinated hydrocarbon having a boiling point of 175 to 300C to 150-225 C. until dissolved and then cooling,
(2) charging said gel to an extruder heated c0160- (3) extruding a filament,
(4) passing the filament through solvent removal means, and
(5) orienting the filament by stretching from 250 to The oriented fiber exhibits excellent physical properties including high temperature strength retention and good abrasion resistance.