Tensile stress strain behavior of polypropylene toughened with Bi-modal SEBS

Hiroyuki Mae, Masaki Omiya, Kikuo Kishimoto

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The objective is to characterize the effect of the bimodal distribution of rubber particles and its blend ratio on the mechanical properties of the thermoplastic polypropylene blended with two different styrene-ethylene- butadiene-styrene tri-block copolymer (SEBS) at the intermediate and high strain rates. Tensile tests are conducted at the nominal strain rates from 10 -1 to 102 (1/sec). Phase morphology is investigated to estimate the bi-modal rubber particle size distribution. In addition, the in-situ observation is conducted during uniaxially stretching within transmission electron microscopy (TEM) step by step to investigate the deformation events depending on the elongation of samples. The elastic modulus increased gradually as the blend ratio of large rubber particle increased. An increase in the rupture strain was found for the bimodal rubber-particle distributed blend system where the blend ratios of small rubber particle and large rubber particle were the same. This is because the smaller particles dominant blend systems show the band-like craze deformation while the localized plastic deformation is taken place in the larger particles dominated blend systems. The synergistic effect of these rubber particles gives rise to a strong increase in the ductility of these bimodal rubber-particle distributed polypropylene systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1129-1134
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics B
Issue number9-11
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Apr 30


  • Crazing
  • Mechanical properties
  • Particle size distribution
  • Polypropylene(PP)
  • TEM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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