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Reinforced poly(ether sulfone) materials by blending with a semiaromatic liquid crystalline copolyester

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  • M. García,

    1. Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros and Instituto de Materiales Poliméricos “Polymat,” Facultad de Química, UPV-EHU, P.O. Box 1072, 20080 San Sebastián, Spain
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  • J. I. Eguiazábal,

    Corresponding author
    1. Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros and Instituto de Materiales Poliméricos “Polymat,” Facultad de Química, UPV-EHU, P.O. Box 1072, 20080 San Sebastián, Spain
    • Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros and Instituto de Materiales Poliméricos “Polymat,” Facultad de Química, UPV-EHU, P.O. Box 1072, 20080 San Sebastián, Spain
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  • J. Nazábal

    1. Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros and Instituto de Materiales Poliméricos “Polymat,” Facultad de Química, UPV-EHU, P.O. Box 1072, 20080 San Sebastián, Spain
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Abstract

Blends based on poly(ether sulfone) (PES) and a semiaromatic liquid crystalline copolyester (R5) were obtained by injection molding across the entire composition range. The blends showed two pure amorphous phases. The fibrillar structure of the skin led to enhancements in the stiffness. The break properties, however, decreased at low LCP contents, due to the expected lack of adhesion between the phases. The increase in the modulus at increasing LCP content led to improvements in tensile strength. The notch sensitivity of PES decreased after the addition of low LCP levels, giving rise to enhancements of almost 600% in the notched impact strength. The unusually enhanced performance of the 20/80 blend, which has been seen previously in another thermoplastic/LCP blend, suggests that the dispersed PES phase in this blend may act as rubber particles do in rubber toughened thermoplastics. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 91: 52–59, 2004

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