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Effect of repetitive processing on the mechanical properties and fracture toughness of dynamically vulcanized iPP/EPDM blends

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  • Wei-Kang Wang,

    1. College of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Chengdu, 610065 Sichuan, China
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  • Wei Yang,

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    1. College of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Chengdu, 610065 Sichuan, China
    • College of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Chengdu, 610065 Sichuan, China
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  • Rui-Ying Bao,

    1. College of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Chengdu, 610065 Sichuan, China
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  • Bang-Hu Xie,

    1. College of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Chengdu, 610065 Sichuan, China
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  • Ming-Bo Yang

    1. College of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Chengdu, 610065 Sichuan, China
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Abstract

The effect of repetitive processing on the mechanical properties and fracture toughness of dynamically vulcanized isotactic polypropylene/ethylene-propylene-diene rubber blends (TPVs) with and without addition of β-nucleating agent (β-NA) was studied. The results showed that the repetitive processing did not cause much loss in the mechanical properties of TPVs, especially for TPVs with β-NA, and TPVs with β-NA showed better performance stability than TPVs without β-NA. Essential work of fracture (EWF) approach was used to study the fracture behavior, and the results showed that the value of we (the specific essential work of fracture) of TPVs without β-NA showed a significant decrease while that of TPVs with β-NA almost kept constant after repetitive processing. Differential scanning calorimetry and wide-angle X-ray diffraction were used to study the variation of crystalline structures, and the results indicated that the repetitive processing showed no significant influence on the crystalline structures of TPVs, and the β-NA maintained high-nucleating efficiency after repetitive processing. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2010

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