Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 27, Issue 22, pp 6029–6035 | Cite as

Computer modelling of rubber-toughened plastics

Part II Geometric models of high-impact polystyrene and calculation of interparticle distance parameters
  • R. A. Hall


Coarse models of high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) have been created by computer simulation of the rubber particle spacing in the resin. Interparticle surface-surface distance parameters can be calculated from the models to help explain properties of real materials and predict the properties of hypothetical impact-polystyrene resins. Calculations of the geometric spacing of rubber particles in a group of hypothetical HIPS resins show that a narrow rubber-particle size distribution gives smaller interparticle distance and more reinforcing particles compared to broad distributions for a given average particle size.


Particle Size Rubber Polystyrene Computer Simulation Average Particle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Hall
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  1. 1.Amoco Chemical Co.NapervilleUSA

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