Comparative studies of thermo-mechanical and morphological properties of polylactic acid/fumed silica/clay (1.28E) and polylactic acid/fumed silica/clay (1.34TCN) nanocomposites

Chang, Josephine Hui Lai and Md Rezaur, Rahman and Sinin, Hamdan (2017) Comparative studies of thermo-mechanical and morphological properties of polylactic acid/fumed silica/clay (1.28E) and polylactic acid/fumed silica/clay (1.34TCN) nanocomposites. Polymer Bulletin. pp. 1-13. ISSN 0032-3861

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In this study, nanocomposites were prepared using polylactic acid (PLA), fumed silica (fsi) and nanoclay through solution-intercalation film-casting technique. Thermo-mechanical and morphological properties of developed nanocomposites were successively characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis, tensile test and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Throughout the findings, it proved that 2 wt% of clays was the optimum filler loading compared to 5 and 10 wt% in the PLA-fsi-clay nanocomposites. Furthermore, among the clays used, clay (1.28E) showed the better performance compared to clay (1.34TCN) to be introduced in the nanocomposites. The incorporation of 2 wt% of clay (1.28E) showed the best compatibility with PLA-fsi matrix with smooth surface. Besides, 2 wt% of PLA-fsi-clay (1.28E) nanocomposite showed the highest tensile strength and modulus. TGA result showed that 2 wt% of clays especially clay (1.28E) had the highest thermal stability. Both clay and fumed silica were well intercalated with PLA matrix enhanced the thermo-mechanical and morphological properties of the nanocomposites. © 2017 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nanocomposites, Clay, Compatibility, Adsorption, Stability,research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 07:56
Last Modified: 23 May 2017 07:56
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/16372

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