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Reactive compatibilization of the poly(butylene terephthalate)–EVA blend by maleic anhydride. II. Correlations among gel contents, grafting yields, and mechanical properties



Correlations among the degree of crosslinking of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA), the grafting yield of maleic anhydride (MAH) onto EVA, and the mechanical properties of the blends of poly(butylene terephtalate) (PBT) with EVA-g-MAH were investigated. The EVA was functionalized by melt grafting reaction in the presence of MAH and dicumyl peroxide (DCP) using a plasticorder. The grafting yield of MAH was increased by increasing the concentration of MAH and DCP. The flexural strength of PBT–EVA-g-MAH blends depends on both the grafting yield of MAH and the degree of crosslinking of EVA, while the crosslinked parts of EVA-g-MAH hindered rather than improved the tensile strength regardless of the increase of the grafting yield of MAH. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 89: 1305–1310, 2003