APPLIED PHYSICS A-MATERIALS SCIENCE & PROCESSING, vol.99, no.2, pp.477-487, 2010 (SCI-Expanded)
The impact strength of Nylon 6 can be further improved by blending it with ethylene-butyl acrylate-maleic anhydride elastomer. The blending is achieved in solution phase. Due to incompatibility of Nylon 6 and the elastomer, a special mixture of solvents is used to dissolve both components. The solution is electrospun, and the effects of the process parameters on the expected radii of nanofibers are investigated. The effects of process parameters such as polymer concentration in solution, electrical field, diameter of the syringe needle, feed rate, and collector geometry on nanofibers were investigated. Statistical analysis is carried out using the Johnson S-B distribution. A relation is proposed to relate the effect of the process parameters feed rate, electrical voltage, and tip to collector distance on the expected diameter of fibers. It is found that concentration and electrical field have a profound effect on the diameter of fibers compared to those of the syringe diameter and feed rate.