The effects of blending small amounts of homopolystyrene on the mechanical properties of a low styrene content styrene‐butadiene‐styrene block copolymer

Linda S. Flosenzier, John H. Rohlfing, Alodia M. Schwark, John M. Torkelson*

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Abstract

Tensile, cyclic, and tear properties were compared for several styrene‐butadiene‐styrene (SBS) triblock copolymers, KRATON D2104, D1101 and D1102, and blends of D2104 with monodisperse polystyrene of various molecular weights. D2104 is expected to have a morphology of polystyrene spheres in a polybutadiene continuous matrix. The mechanical properties of D2104 were compared to the properties of SBS materials which have higher styrene contents and exhibit cylindrical or lamellar morphologies. Blending the D2104 with polystyrene (molecular weights ranging from 2000 to 51,000) to 24 and 28 wt % total styrene content showed that the tensile strength obtained for a blend was dependent on the molecular weight of the polystyrene added. Cycle testing of the D2104‐polystyrene blends showed that with increasing polystyrene content the softening effect increases with increasing strain. This indicates that the degree of phase continuity of the polystyrene domains may be changing from a spherical morphology to a cylindrical morphology similar to that of pure SBS with 28 wt % styrene content. Tear test results for the blends were also observed to be similar to the results for pure SBS of the same total polystyrene content.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-58
Number of pages10
JournalPolymer Engineering & Science
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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