Journal of Materials, Processes and Environment
Volume 1, Numéro 1, Pages 28-33

The Effects Of Long Time Exposure To Natural Weather On The Rheological And Morphological Properties Of Polypropylene/polyamide-6 Blends

Authors : Mouffok Samir .


The effects of natural weathering exposure for a period of one year on the properties of polypropylene (PP)/polyamide-6 (PA6): (70/30 wt %) blends have been investigated in the absence and the presence of PP-g-MA used as a compatibilizer . The resulted changes in morphology and rheological properties of the different blends were studied by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), melt flow index test (MFI) and rheometry. After one year of natural weathering exposure, the results showed a significant increase of MFI values all the samples. The rheological measurements indicated a decrease in the complex viscosity of PP, PA6 and their blends as a result of chain scission mechanism; however, the decrease was more pronounced by the addition of the compatibilizer at this stage of time exposure. Further, the weathering effect on the morphology of exposed PP/PA6 observed by SEM revealed the presence of voids and cracks on the fractured surfaces for both virgin and compatibilized blends.


PP, PA6, polymer blends, natural weathering, degradation.