Stretching has a significant effect on the microstructure and ultimate performance of semi-crystalline polymers. To investigate the effect of stretching on structure and mechanical properties of uniaxial stretched PA612/SiO2
, PA612 and PA612/SiO2 films were prepared at four temperatures close to the glass transition temperature at various strain. The samples were characterized by a transmission electron microscope (TEM), wide-angle X-ray diffractometer (WAXD), Two-dimensional wide-angle X-ray Scattering (2D-WAXS), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA), and stretching tests. The results showed that the α phase was the dominant phase in PA612 casting film, no obvious γ phase was observed, while both stretching and the presence of SiO2
can induce the generation of α phase and improve the crystallinity of PA612. Crystals were oriented along the stretching direction and the b axis was parallel to the equatorial direction after stretching. The interplanar spacing of (010/110) decreased with the increasing stretching temperature and expanded with the increasing strain, while stretching temperature and strain present negligible effect on the interplanar spacing of (100). The grain size increased with the stretching temperature while decreased with strain. The presence of SiO2
led to reduce the yield stress and the stress drop beyond yielding of the composite. Uniaxial stretching gave rise to a significant improvement in the fracture stress and the glass transition temperature.
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