Properties of poly(vinyl chloride) blended with an emulsion copolymer of N-cyclohexylmaleimide and methyl methacrylate



Emulsion-polymerized copolymers of methyl methacrylate and N-cyclohexylmaleimide were synthesized and used for blending with poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) to improve the heat resistance of PVC. The thermal stabilities of the blends with different copolymer contents were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, torsional braid analysis, and the Vicat softening temperature. The mechanical properties and rheological behavior of the blends were also determined. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 88: 201–205, 2003