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Understanding the effect of ultra-low nanofiller loadings on optically-transparent polycarbonate

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posted on 30.05.2017, 14:51 by Sian Higlett
The use of fillers in materials engineering has long been used to improve material properties such as strength, stiffness and toughness. However, these enhancements tend to occur at the detriment to optical transparency in transparent polymeric materials. Nano-sized fillers or nanofillers are thought to maintain the transparency of such materials due to their small size. Moreover because of their smaller size, nanofillers have larger interfacial areas and can therefore provide increased interaction sites (providing fine dispersion in the medium). [Continues.]

Funding

EPSRC

DSTL

History

School

  • Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Department

  • Materials

Publisher

Loughborough University

Rights holder

© Siân L.C. Higlett

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2017

Notes

A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.

Language

en

Supervisor(s)

Mo Song ; Stephen Shaw ; Phillip Duke

Qualification name

PhD

Qualification level

Doctoral

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