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Simultaneous enhancement of electrical conductivity and impact strength via formation of carbon black-filler network in PP/EPDM Blends

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  • Hong Yang,

    1. Department of Polymer Science & Materials, Sichuan University, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Chengdu, 610065, China
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  • Bo Li,

    1. Department of Polymer Science & Materials, Sichuan University, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Chengdu, 610065, China
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  • Qin Zhang,

    1. Department of Polymer Science & Materials, Sichuan University, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Chengdu, 610065, China
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  • Rongni Du,

    1. Department of Polymer Science & Materials, Sichuan University, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Chengdu, 610065, China
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  • Qiang Fu

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Polymer Science & Materials, Sichuan University, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Chengdu, 610065, China
    • Department of Polymer Science & Materials, Sichuan University, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Chengdu, 610065, China.
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Abstract

The electrical conductivity and impact strength of polypropylene(PP)/EPDM/carbon black ternary composites were investigated in this paper. Two processing methods were employed to prepare these ternary composites. One was called one-step processing method, in which the elastomer and the filler directly melt blended with PP matrix. Another one was called two-step processing method, in which the elastomer and the filler were mixed first, and then melt blended with pure PP. To get an optimal phase morphology that favors the electrical conductivity and impact strength, controlling the distribution of CB in PP/EPDM blend was a crucial factor. Thus the interfacial tension and the work of adhesion were first calculated based on the measurement of contact angle, and the results showed that CB tended to be accumulated around EPDM phases to form filler-network structure. Expectably, the filler-network structure was observed in PP/EPDM/CB(80/20/3) composite prepared by two-step processing method. The formation of this filler-network structure decreased the percolation threshold of CB particles in polymer matrix, and the electrical conductivity as well as Izod impact strength of the composite increased dramatically. This work provided a new way to prepare polymer composites with both improved conductivity and impact strength. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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