Influence of dynamic crosslinking on the morphology, crystallization, and dynamic mechanical properties of PA6,12 EVA blends
De Nardi Martins, Johnny
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This study investigated the effect of dynamic crosslinking of polyamide 6,12 and random copolymers of ethylene and vinyl acetate blends (PA6,12/EVA) on the morphology, crystallinity, and dynamic mechanical properties. The crosslinking agent was dicumyl peroxide (DCP), and the blends were processed in a torque rheometer. The morphology depended on the DCP content, and all blends exhibited the same crystallinity index. However, with increasing crosslinking degree, the interfacial tackiness (E) values increased from 1.8 to 2.7 nm. The lamellar structures of all blends started forming at approximately 160 8C, close to the temperature of pure polyamide. The crosslinked phase enhanced the pseudo-elastic behavior of the blends and increased their molecular mobility activation energy. Samples with higher crosslinking degree exhibited smaller permanent deformation (0.01%) than those with low crosslinking.
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