Polymer Degradation and Stability
Polyethylene (PE)–clay nanocomposites have been prepared using melt blending in a Brabrender mixer. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the nano-structure of these composites while the thermal stability was evaluated from thermogravimetric analysis and the flammability parameters using cone calorimetry. It is found that the PE–clay nanocomposites have a mixed immiscible-intercalated structure and there is better intercalation when maleic anhydride is combined with the polymer and clay to be melt blended. The reduction in peak heat release rate is 30–40%.
Zhang, Jinguo and Wilkie, Charles A., "Preparation and flammability properties of polyethylene-clay nanocomposites" (2003). Chemistry Faculty Research and Publications. 143.
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