Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 134, Issue 3, pp 1531–1543 | Cite as

Crystallization and mechanical properties of basalt fiber-reinforced polypropylene composites with different elastomers

  • Lin Sang
  • Guojun Zheng
  • Wenbin Hou
  • Xiaoli Yang
  • Zhiyong Wei


In this study, composites based on polypropylene (PP), basalt fiber (BF), polypropylene-graft-maleic anhydride (MAPP) and different elastomers were manufactured by extrusion compounding and injection molding. The main focus of this study was to comparatively investigate the effect of three kinds of elastomers (ethylene–propylene–diene monomer (EPDM), polyethylene–octene (POE) and ethylene–vinyl–acetate (EVA)) on non-isothermal crystallization and mechanical properties of the composites with various BF contents. The tensile test results showed that BF had a reinforcing effect on PP resin, and the addition of MAPP further improved the tensile properties by the enhancement of PP/BF interfacial bonding. Among the elastomers, EPDM was more effective in improving the tensile strength and tensile modulus, while POE significantly toughened the impact strength. Micrographs of scanning electron microscope on the impact fracture surfaces indicated a good dispersion by the addition of POE and EPDM, while some agglomerations were observed in the presence of EVA. The non-isothermal crystallization kinetics were investigated based on Avrami and Mo equations at six different cooling rates by using differential scanning calorimetry. Micrographic images of polarized optical microscopy showed that the spherulite size of PP reduced in the presence of EPDM and EVA.


Polypropylene (PP) Basalt fiber (BF) Elastomers Mechanical properties Crystallization behavior 



This work was financially supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (DUT17RC(4)57) and the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2015M571300).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Structural Analysis for Industrial Equipment, School of Automotive EngineeringDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina
  2. 2.Department of Polymer Science and Materials, School of Chemical EngineeringDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina

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