Toughening of glass fiber reinforced Nylon 66 with EPDMMAH: Dynamic mechanical, rheological, and morphological investigations

Iman Soltani, Mohammad Ebrahim Zeynali, Ali Akbar Yousefi
2012 E-Polymers  
AbstractIn this research the variation of mechanical and rheological properties of the composite as a function of different processing parameters and ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber content was studied. The optimum amount of dicumyl peroxide (DCP) to achieve the highest percentage of grafting of maleic anhydride to EPDM was obtained by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. In general, immiscibility between nylon 66 and EPDM, and their high interfacial tension makes
more » ... tension makes their blending difficult. Maleic anhydride was grafted to EPDM to reduce interfacial tension between two phases. Also the blends were prepared at highest possible speed of mixing (screw speed in extrusion) and lowest temperature to reach a well mixed sample which can be seen in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images and impact strength results. Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA) tests were conducted to evaluate the miscibility of the components and to measure the glass transition temperature of the blends. Rheological measurement showed that the viscosities of the components of the blend getting closer to each other when EPDM content, time of mixing and shear rate increase.
doi:10.1515/epoly.2012.12.1.1 fatcat:k26olylgwrfplfhl4nlzey7k7q