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Mechanical and Morphological Properties of PP/LLPDE/NR Blends—Effects of Polyoctenamer
Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering (2005)
  • Yern Chee Ching, University of Malaya
Abstract

In this study, impact-modified polypropylene (PP) ternary blends based on PP=natural rubber (NR)=linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) with ratios of 72=10=18 and 64=20=16 were produced by a twin-screw extruder with polyoctenamer (TOR) as the compatibilizer. The mechanical properties of the blends were determined on injection-molded specimens in tensile, flexural, and impact testing. The impact strength and elongation at break of the blend increased significantly while the flexural modulus and tensile strength decreased slightly with increasing TOR content. The impact strength improved with the increasing TOR due the increase of interfacial adhesion resulting in finer dispersion of the rubbery minor phase in the PP matrix. The improvement in compatibility with the addition of TOR into PP=NR=LLDPE blends is being supported by both scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA).

Keywords
  • natural rubber,
  • polypropylene (PP) tensile,
  • flexural,
  • and impact testing
Publication Date
2005
Publisher Statement
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Citation Information
Yern Chee Ching. "Mechanical and Morphological Properties of PP/LLPDE/NR Blends—Effects of Polyoctenamer" Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering Vol. 44 Iss. 7 (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/yernchee_ching/10/