Rheological properties of isotropic solutions of rodlike poly(p-phenylene benzbisoxazole), PBO, flexible chain poly(2,5-benzoxazole), ABPBO, and their miscible blends in solution are described. Measurements include steady state properties (the viscosity and recoverable compliance as functions of shear rate), transient properties (the recoverable compliance), and dynamic mechanical properties (the loss and storage compliances as functions of frequency). The relaxation spectrum of the blends is broader than that for the rodlike chain, and tends to occur at longer times, reflecting a viscosity enhancement that occurs with the blends. The measured zero shear viscosities for rod and blend solutions are compared with predictions based on the model of Doi and Edwards.
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