A. Valenza, F. P. La Mantia, M. Paci, P. L. Magagnini
May 27, 2013
Rheological and mechanical properties, structural characteristics, extrusion and injection molding behavior of blends of polycarbonate (PC) with a thermotropic, wholly aromatic copolyesteramide have been investigated. The processability of polycarbonate is remarkably improved by addition of small contents of liquid crystal polymer. All the flow curves of the blends lie between those of the pure components. In the processing conditions adopted, the LCP particles are easily elongated in the flow direction. In this direction the elastic modulus rises remarkably with LCP content. The modulus-composition curve is, however, lower than that expected on the basis of an additive rule due to the incompatibility and poor adhesion between the two phases. Finally, injection molding of this extrusion grade PC has been easily performed by adding small contents of LCP. The impact strength values of the injection molding samples of these blends are only slightly lower than that of the pure PC.