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Ultra-high enhancement in the toughness of polyethylene by exfoliated natural clay nanosheets

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posted on 17.06.2015 by Dongyu Cai, Mo Song
The full exfoliation of inorganic natural clay was engineered in a nonpolar polyethylene following a novel method without the involvement of any chemical modification to the surface of silicate layers. Tensile results showed that the toughening effect was dependent of strain rates, and the toughness of polyethylene was substantially improved by nearly five times with 0.5 wt % natural clay nanosheets at a strain rate of 0.15 s−1. Toughening mechanism was also discussed based on this new exfoliated system

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We thank EPSRC (UK) for providing funding [grant number EP/G042756/1] for this work.

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  • Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering

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  • Materials

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JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE

Volume

132

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1

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CAI, D. and SONG, M., 2015. Ultra-high enhancement in the toughness of polyethylene by exfoliated natural clay nanosheets. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132 (1), 41314.

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2015

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: CAI, D. and SONG, M., 2015. Ultra-high enhancement in the toughness of polyethylene by exfoliated natural clay nanosheets. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132 (1), 41314, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/app.41314. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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0021-8995

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en

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