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Polymer Degradation and Stability

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Polyethylene and polypropylene nanocomposites were prepared using a novel oligomerically-modified clay that contains three components, styrene, lauryl acrylate and vinylbenzyl chloride. The nanocomposites were prepared by directly melt blending the polymers with the clay and they were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, to understand their morphology, and their thermal stability, flammability and mechanical properties were evaluated using thermogravimetric analysis, cone calorimetry and mechanical testing, respectively. The reduction in peak heat release rate is about 60% at 5% inorganic clay loading and 70% at 8% inorganic clay loading.


Accepted version. Polymer Degradation and Stability, Vol. 91, No. 4 (April 2006): 641-648. DOI. © 2006 Elsevier. Used with permission.

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