Preparation and mechanical properties of rigid polymer network/nylon6 composites

Tetsuya Uchida, Kaoru Shimamura, Kunio Kimura

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Rigid polymer networks were prepared by polycondensation of 2,5-diamino-1,4-benzenedithiol with a mixture of terephthalic acid (TPA) and trimesic acid (TMA). The apparent density was dependent on TPA/TMA ratio and much less than that of linear PBZT (1.57 g/cm3), showing existence of many nano voids within the network. As the segment was so rigid, many COOH's were left around the voids. The network swelled twice in weight with ε - caprolactam, which was polymerized into a composite form of nylon6 impregnated rigid polymer network. Extraction of free nylon6 from the composite with formic acid showed that a quarter of nylon6 grafted directly to rigid polymer network. The grafted nylon6 could not crystallize evidenced by DSC measurements. On the other hand, particles of PBZT network (several hundred nm in diameter) were prepared by stopping the polycondensation just before gelation. A composite film was prepared with the particles swollen with ε -caprolactam. The ratio of PBZT network/nylon6 was 1/3 and the apparent density of the composite film was 1.23 g/cm3 which is higher than that of a pure nylon6 film (1.16 g/cm3). Significant improvement in the mechanical property was observed for this composite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-212
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Fiber Science and Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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