Internal mixer studies of poly(vinyl chloride)/epoxidized natural rubber blends



Blends of polyvinyl chloride/epoxidized natural rubber (PVC/ENR) blends were studied. Their rheological properties were studied with a Brabrender Plasticorder. It was found that the rheological properties of any PVC/ENR blends are governed by their blending conditions. To ensure homogenous PVC/ENR blends, adequate and suitable blending conditions must be utilized. PVC thermoplastics phases enhances rigidity while ENR rubbery phases imparts flexibility and processability to the blends. With premixing, Ba/Cd/Zn-based PVC stabilizer is effective in stabilizing the PVC/ENR blends. Their properties are further enhanced by the addition of curatives.