The blending of mesophase pitch with isotropic PVC pitch was studied to improve their properties as a precursor for carbon fibre. PVC pitch prepared at 420° C which remained almost isotropic was found to be miscible with coal tar-derived mesophase pitch without reducing the anisotropic content and spinnability. The tensile strength of pitch fibres remained unchanged by the blending; however, the reactivity for stabilization was enhanced. The resultant carbon fibres from the blend exhibited slightly higher tensile strength. In contrast, petroleum-derived mesophase pitch failed to dissolve the PVC pitch, leaving a number of isotropic droplets. The structural factors of mesophase pitches with regard to their compatibility with PVC pitches are briefly discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering