Development of an Advanced Engineering Polymer from the Modification of Nylon 66 by e-Beam Irradiation
When Nylon 66 was irradiated by an optimum dose of e-beam in presence of polyurethane as impact modifierin combination with triallyl isocyanurate as cross-linker, a superior performance was observed for the irradiatednylon 66. Significant improvement of properties, such as hardness, tensile strength, flexural modulus and impactstrength was obtained on radiation processing of nylon 66 by e-beam. More interestingly, percent water absorptionof such irradiated nylon 66 was reduced substantially. Improvement of mechanical properties and reduction of waterabsorption of irradiated nylon 66 were due to the cross-linking of the polymer system. Increase of cross-linkingwith dose of e-beam was verified by the increased gel content at higher doses. Irradiated nylon 66 showed betterdimensional stability than those achieved with pristine nylon 66. The increase in dimensional stability may beattributed to reduction in crystallinity with increasing dose of e-beam as revealed by DSC studies.
Defence Science Journal, Vol. 64, No. 3, May 2014, pp. 281-289, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.64.7328
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