Structure-property relationships in copolyester elastomer-layered silicate nanocomposites

Alosime, Eid M., Edwards, Grant A. and Martin, Darren J. (2015) Structure-property relationships in copolyester elastomer-layered silicate nanocomposites. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132 13: . doi:10.1002/app.41742

Author Alosime, Eid M.
Edwards, Grant A.
Martin, Darren J.
Title Structure-property relationships in copolyester elastomer-layered silicate nanocomposites
Journal name Journal of Applied Polymer Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-8995
Publication date 2015-04
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/app.41742
Open Access Status
Volume 132
Issue 13
Total pages 11
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract While the field of polymer-clay nanocomposites is reaching maturity, some parts of the studied systems still present researchers with possibilities for the improvement of material properties. This study entails the understanding of the relationships in copolyester elastomer/organically modified layered silicate nanocomposite and the structure-property relationships within the system of the nanocomposite. A series of these nanocomposites was prepared via twin-screw extrusion melt compounding. The experiments included the following three types of synthetic organosilicates: high aspect ratio Somasif (ME100) fluoromica and two lower aspect ratio Laponite synthetic hectorites, (WXFN) and (WXFP). These organosilicates were modified with quaternary octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (ODTMA) and were used to prepare the nanocomposites. The nanocomposite structure on a micro- and nanometre scales was evaluated by two techniques, such as X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The mechanical properties of the nanocomposites were examined to determine the impact aspect ratio of the nanofiller and wt % loading have on performance. The addition of the 2 wt % high aspect ratio of ME100-ODTMA, in particular, showed statistically improved tensile strength, tear resistance, creep resistance, and water vapor permeation barrier enhancement.
Keyword Creep resistance
Thermoplastic polyester elastomer
Water vapour permeability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 8 December 2014.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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