Influence of compatibilization and viscosity ratio on the barrier and impact properties of blends of a modified polyamide-6 and polyethylene

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  • Jen-Taut Yeh,

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    1. Graduate School of Textile and Polymer Engineering, Department of Textile Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan 106, Republic of China
    • Graduate School of Textile and Polymer Engineering, Department of Textile Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan 106, Republic of China
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  • Chau-Fae Jyan,

    1. Graduate School of Textile and Polymer Engineering, Department of Textile Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan 106, Republic of China
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  • Shun-Syu Yang,

    1. Graduate School of Textile and Polymer Engineering, Department of Textile Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan 106, Republic of China
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  • Shen Chou

    1. Graduate School of Textile and Polymer Engineering, Department of Textile Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan 106, Republic of China
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Abstract

Nylon 6 was grafted with a zinc-neutralized ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer (CP) to produce four different modified polyamides (MPA) with varying CP content. These were mixed with four polyethylenes with different viscosities and the blends were blow-molded into bottles. The clearest MPA lamina was developed for blends with an optimum ratio of the viscosities of MPA and PE (VRoptimum), and bottles with the clearest lamina exhibited the best xylene permeation resistance, impact strength and the highest melting temperature (Tm). The value of VRoptimum increased with increasing CP content. A maximum improvement in barrier properties of MPA was found as the CP content reached about 15 wt%. The CP content of the MPA, however, only slightly affected the impact strength and xylene permeation resistance of the bottles.

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