This paper is concerned with a novel ternary blend composed of poly(ether imide) (PEI), poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) and a liquid crystalline polymer (LCP; HX4000, Du Pont). Different compositions were prepared by extrusion and injection moulding. Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis and the observation of the fracture surfaces, before and after annealing, allowed determination of the cold crystallization temperatures and miscibility behaviour of these systems. PEEK/PEI blends are known from previous studies to be miscible at all compositions. In this case it was observed that the PEEK/HX4000 blend was miscible up to 50 wt% HX4000 but partially miscible above this value. The PEI/HX4000 blends were found to be partially miscible in the whole concentration range. As a result, some ternary blend compositions exhibited only one phase, while others exhibited two phases. The measurement of the tensile properties showed that ternary blends with high modulus can be obtained at high LCP loadings, while compositions with high ultimate tensile strength can be obtained with high loadings of PEI or PEEK.
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Miscibility and mechanical properties of poly (ether imide)/poly (ether ether ketone)/liquid crystalline polymer ternary blends / Rosario E. S. Bretas* and Donald G. Baird // Polymer. – 1992. – Vol 33. – P. 5233-5244.