This document provides guidelines for part design, mold design and processing ofstyrenic block copolymer (SBC) TPEs. The GLS product families that include styrenicTPEs are Kraton compounds, Dynaflex TPE compounds and Versaflex TPE alloys.
One major characteristic of SBCs is that they are shear dependent. A material is sheardependent when its viscosity is higher at low shear rates (such as extrusion) and lower athigh shear rates (as in injection molding). Therefore, SBC compounds will flow moreeasily into thin areas of the mold at high shear rates. The shear thinning behavior ofSBCs should be considered when designing injection molds and also when setting moldconditions during processing.
Figure 1.The effect of shear rate on the viscosity of GLSstyrenic TPE compounds (measured at 390°F (200°C)).
To obtain information regarding the viscosity of an individual grade, refer to the ProductTechnical Data Sheet, available atwww.glscorporation.comor contact your GLSrepresentative.