The development of sub-micro filler enhanced polymer composites

Li, Y., 2007. The development of sub-micro filler enhanced polymer composites. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.


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Sub-micro silica flakes and graphite reinforced polymer composites have been developed in this research. The sub-micro polymer composites are designed to overcome problems associated with nanocomposite technology. Apart from the high cost of production, the other major problem in nanocomposites is reduced efficiency in mechanical reinforcement at high filler loadings. The surface area of nano-fillers in high filler loaded composites is too high resulting in insufficient polymer molecules to wet the filler surface and hence increased filler agglomeration occurs. Increasing filler dimension into the sub-micro range can avoid such difficulties. The dimension of fillers in the sub-micro range also has the advantage of utilising modern polymer processing technologies. In this thesis, sub-micro composite reinforcement has been studied through the identification of suitable fillers, modelling of sub-micro composites and experimental validation of model predictions. The processing methodology, effects of filler loading, aspect ratio and compatibility of filler with matrix are also investigated. In addition, rheology, crystallisation, fracture toughness and the thermodynamic behaviour of submicro filler reinforced polymer composites are studied. The investigation was primarily focused on various combinations of single-layered silica flakes and multi-layered graphite sheets reinforced nylon-6 and polypropylene. The predicted Young's modulus and strengths of developed composites are as high as 3.3 GPa and 81 MPa at 5wt% silica flake content as well as 11.75 GPa and 301MPa at 30wt% flake fraction, respectively.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Li, Y.
Date: 2007
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