Authors Khonakdar, H. A. ; Ehsani, M. ; Asadinezhad, A. ; Jafari, S.H. ; Wagenknecht, U.
Title Nanofilled polypropylene/poly(trimethylene terephthalate) blends: A morphological and mechanical properties study
Date 22.04.2013
Number 32406
Abstract Polypropylene (PP) /poly(trimethylene terephthalate), (PTT), binary blends in the presence of two interfacial modifier as well as two organically modified nanoclay additives were studied in terms of mechanical and morphological characteristics. Scanning electron microscopy confirmed the incompatibility of the system which was solved to some extent through incorporating the nanoclay as well as functional compatibilizers. An evaluation of the specimens via static mechanical tests in tensile mode gave credence to the assumption that the higher the PTT content, the higher the mechanical performance would be. Furthermore, the compatibilizer-containing blends not only exhibited higher toughness, but also possessed enhanced stiffness when a maleated compatibilizer was added. The tensile modulus was promoted further in the presence of clay nanoparticles; however, toughness was somewhat sacrificed. The Barentsen as well as Halpin-Tsai models were found to describe the binary blends modulus. The reinforcing impact of the nanoclay was exploited to a greater degree in the presence of the compatibilizer.
Publisher Journal of Macromolecular Science Part B - Physics
Citation Journal of Macromolecular Science Part B - Physics 52 (2013) 897-909

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