Processing of clay/epoxy nanocomposites with a three-roll mill machine

Asma Yasmin*, Jandro L. Abot, Isaac M. Daniel

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Abstract

In the present study, a three-roll mill machine was used to disperse/exfoliate the nanoclay particles in an epoxy matrix. The compounding process was carried out with varying mixing time and concentrations of clay particles (1 to 10 wt.%). It was found that the longer the mixing time, the higher the degree of intercalation. Mechanical properties, XRD and TEM were used to characterize the nanocomposites. Elastic modulus was found to increase with increasing clay content, however, the tensile strength was not found to vary accordingly. Compared to conventional direct and solution mixing techniques, the compounding of clay/epoxy nanocomposites by a three-roll mill was found to be highly efficient in achieving higher levels of intercalation/exfoliation in a short period of time and also environmentally friendly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-80
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Volume740
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
EventNanomaterials for Structural Applications - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Dec 2 2002Dec 6 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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