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Prepare a polyolefin fiber having a diameter of 10 microns or less by extruding a molten polyolefin through die holes having diameters in a range of 250 to 500 microns to produce molten polyolefin fibers; drawing the molten polyolefin fibers to achieve a molten draw ratio in a range of 150 to 500 at a temperature in a range of 200 to 250 degrees Celsius; and drawing the polyolefin fibers in a solid state to achieve a solid state draw ratio of 3.0 to 4.0 at a temperature in a range of 40 to 100 degrees Celsius to produce polyolefin fibers having a diameters of 10 microns or less; where the polyolefin is characterized by being a polyolefin copolymer of ethylene and one or more than one alpha-olefin and where the copolymer has a solid density of 0.870 or more and 0.96 or less as determined according to ASTM D792.
Spalding, Mark A. (Midland, MI), Wang, Weijun (Midland, MI), Pavlicek, Calvin L. (Midland, MI), Horstman, Nicholas J. (Sanford, MI)
14/ 905,869
September 19, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0001] This invention was made under a NFE-10-02991 between The Dow Chemical Company and UT-Batelle, LLC, operating and management Contractor for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory operated for the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.