<p>Microfibrillar polymer–polymer composites (MFCs) based on low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) were prepared by cold drawing-isotropization technique. The weight percentage of PET was varied from 5 to 45 %. Microfibrils with uniform diameter distribution were obtained at 15 to 25 wt% of PET as evident from the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results. Dynamic mechanical properties such as storage modulus (E′), loss modulus (E″) damping behavior (tan δ) were examined as a function of blend composition. The E′ values were found to be increasing up to 25 wt% of PET. An effort was made to model the storage modulus and damping characteristics of the MFCs using the classical equations used for short-fiber reinforced composites. The presence of PET microfibrils influenced the damping characteristics of the composite. The peak height at the β-transitions of loss modulus was lower for MFCs with 25 % PET, showing that they had superior damping characteristics. This phenomenon could be correlated with the PET microfibrils morphology. The thermal degradation characteristics of LDPE, neat blends and microfibrillar blends (MFBs) were compared. The determination of activation energy for thermal degradation was carried out using the Horowitz and Metzger method. The activation energy for thermal degradation of microfibrillar blends was found to be higher than that for the corresponding neat blends and MFCs. The long PET microfibrils present in MFBs could prevent the degradation and enhance the activation energy. © 2016, Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute.</p>
Dr. Jayanarayanan K., Thomas, Sb, and Joseph, Kc, “Effect of blend ratio on the dynamic mechanical and thermal degradation behavior of polymer–polymer composites from low density polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate”, Iranian Polymer Journal (English Edition), vol. 25, pp. 373-384, 2016.