Reactive processing of styrene-maleic anhydride and epoxy functionalized polymer blends

Bayram G., Yilmazer U., Xanthos M.

57th Annual Technical Conference of the SPE on Plastics Bridging the Millennia (ANTEC 99), New-York, United States Of America, 2 - 06 May 1999, pp.1894-1898 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: New-York
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.1894-1898
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


The reaction of styrene-maleic anhydride (SMA) with polyethylene/methyl acrylate/glycidyl methacrylate (E-MA-GMA) was studied in a batch mixer and in a corotating twin screw extruder. Also, the mixing of a nonreactive blend of SMA with polyethylene/methyl acrylate (E-MA), with similar rheological properties to E-MAG-MA, was studied under the same processing conditions. The mixing products of reactive and nonreactive systems exhibited drastically different properties. Reactive blends showed higher tensile modulus, tensile strength, strain at break and complex viscosity in comparison to non-reactive blends. The reactive blends had also finer morphology than the non-reactive ones.