POLYMER COMPOSITES, vol.29, no.4, pp.345-356, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI)
In this study, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and polyamide-6 (PA6) were blended in the presence of an olefin-based compatibilizer and organoclays. The effects of ABS to PA6 ratio, clay content, and screw speed of the microcompounder were examined by performing morphological (i.e., XRD, SEM, and TEM) and tensile tests. The average aspect ratio of the clay platelets after processing was obtained by applying semiautomatic image analysis method. SEM analysis showed that addition of the compatibilizers to the ABS/PA6 blend system resulted in a decrease in diameter of dispersed phase when one of the phases was continuous. The addition of 5 wt% compatibilizer altered the dispersed morphology to cocontinuous morphology when the weight percentage of ABS was equal to that of PA6. The results of XRD analysis implied that clays were exfoliated in the presence of PA6. It was observed in TEM micrographs that clays were selectively dispersed in PA6 phase. Aspect ratio of the platelets increased as the PA6 content increased. Moduli of the nanocomposites were improved by enriching blend with PA6 and increasing screw speed.