Polymer Bulletin

, Volume 76, Issue 1, pp 409–422 | Cite as

Thermal resistance and tensile properties studies on PVC-C/EVA submitted to 60Co γ-ray up to 50 KGy and thermal aging at 80 °C

  • Nabila Boutouchent-GuerfiEmail author
  • Ahmed Benaboura
  • Nadjib Drouiche
Original Paper


The interest of mixing PVC-C and EVA with different concentrations (5–10–15–20%) is to combine the useful properties to develop a product resistant to thermal aging and gamma rays up to 50 KGy. In this study, the effect of aging on mechanical properties (tensile strength, elongation at break and Young modulus) and the changes induced in the thermal analysis and morphology due to gamma radiation was investigated. The results revealed that the gamma irradiation affected considerably the PVC-C properties at 50 KGy. This degradation is due to the chain scission, which caused a reduction in the average molecular weight and cross-linking rate on the one hand, but this degradation was not observed in PVC-C/EVA/20%.


PVC-C Ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer Heat aging Mechanical properties Gamma radiation 



This work was supported by the Nuclear Research Center of Algeria (CRNA), telephone cable from Algeria (CATEL), electric cable from Algeria (CABEL) and Biskra Cable Industries Company from Algeria (ENICAB). The authors would like to thank to Dr. H. Ammi and Dr. M.M. Elarabi for their contribution and support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nabila Boutouchent-Guerfi
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ahmed Benaboura
    • 1
  • Nadjib Drouiche
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de synthèse macromoléculaire et thio-organique macromoléculaire, Faculté de chimieUniversité des Sciences et de la technologie Houari Boumédiène (USTHB)El Alia, Bab-Ezzouar, AlgiersAlgeria
  2. 2.Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l’Energétique (CRTSE)AlgiersAlgeria

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