- Conference date: 24–27 October 2010
- Location: Paris, (France)
This work examined isotactic polypropylene (iPP) modified with hydrogenated styrene‐ethylene‐butylene‐styrene (SEBS) copolymers at a blend ratio (by weight) of 80 polymer: 20 elastomer. The modifiers used were Tuftec® H1221, which containing 72% butene‐1 mol % or Tuftec® H1062, which contains 50% butene‐1 mol%. All materials are manufactured by Asahi Chemicals Ltd… H1062 is marketed as a toughening modifier for PP, exhibiting excellent elongation, brittle temperature properties and a high flexural modulus. H1221 is said to give blends which exhibit excellent softening, anti‐scratch properties and anti‐stress whitening. Both blends were dry mixed, passed through a twin screw extruder and pelletized. The pellets were used to prepare samples of film material by either compression moulding or sheet extrusion. The transparencies of both blend systems were approximately 92%; however the H1062 blend exhibits a haze value of 15.2% while the H1221 blend shows a value of 4.8%. This work sought an understanding of these optical properties in terms of microstructure of the polymer blends.
Measurement of Tg (glass transition temperature) by dynamic mechanical analysis showed that processing methodology influenced the compatibility in the blends. Information on microstructures was sought using transmission electron microscopy, optical and polarized light microscopy as well as thermal analysis. It was found that melting & crystallisation temperatures, % crystallinity and spherulite sizes were dependant on the cooling rate employed. Elastomer domain size was dependent on the vinyl content and its distribution was dependent on the moulding technique. In conclusion, it is suggested that the size of the elastomer domains formed in the polypropylene matrix, rather than spherulite size, determined optical clarity in the films.
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