Fire properties of styrenic polymer–clay nanocomposites based on an oligomerically-modified clay

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Polymer Degradation and Stability


An oligomerically-modified clay has been used to fabricate nanocomposites with styrenic polymers, such as polystyrene, high-impacted polystyrene, poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) and acrylonitrile–butadiene–styrene by melt blending. The clay dispersion was evaluated by X-ray diffraction and bright field transmission electron microscopy. All of the nanocomposites have a mixed delaminated/intercalated structure. The fire properties of nanocomposites were evaluated by cone calorimetry a nd the mechanical properties were also evaluated.


Polymer Degradation and Stability, Volume 91, Issue 2, pp 358-366 (February, 2006). DOI: 10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2005.04.040