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Reactive compatibilization of polymer blends by γ-irradiation: Influence of the order of processing steps

Abstract : Results concerning γ-irradiation of polymer blends such as HDPE/ground tire rubber (GTR) and PP/HDPE are reported in this article with a special emphasis on the order of processing steps. Irradiation dose varied in the range 0–100 kGy. The two first polymers (HDPE and rubber) are preferentially crosslinked under γ irradiation while PP undergoes chain scission. Mechanical tests and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis show that the efficiency of the reactive compatibilization by γ irradiation depends greatly on the chronology of γ-irradiation and injection-molding steps. Electron spin resonance (ESR) results reveal that numerous radicals remain trapped in the materials after γ-irradiation even after a long time. Then the effect of irradiation on material properties is different if polymers are melted after irradiation or not. Crosslinking and chain scission are not affected in an equivalent way by the order of processing steps
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Rodolphe Sonnier, Valérie Massardier-Nageotte, Laurent Clerc, José-Marie Lopez-Cuesta, Anne Bergeret. Reactive compatibilization of polymer blends by γ-irradiation: Influence of the order of processing steps. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Wiley, 2010, 115 (3), pp.1710-1717. ⟨10.1002/app.31313⟩. ⟨hal-00458686⟩

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