Polymer Bulletin, Vol.62, No.6, 855-866, 2009
Influence of blend composition on the mechanical properties and morphology of PC/ASA/SAN ternary blends
Bisphenol A polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-styrene-acrylic/styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer (PC/ASA/SAN) ternary blends were prepared over a range of compositions via mixing PC, SAN, and ASA copolymer by melt blending. An analysis was made on the mechanical properties and morphology of the blends. Special care was taken to make comparisons of the morphologies and properties of blends with different SAN content. When a small amount SAN was introduced to PC/ASA blends, the dispersion condition of ASA in the matrix was improved and a better integrated mechanical properties was realized. Further increasing the SAN content led to a decrease of impact strength, which was due to the changing of the morphology of the blends and the inherent brittleness of matrix. The study about the effect of ASA content on the properties of PC/ASA/SAN blends showed that the blend with 20 wt% ASA had good mechanical properties.