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Melt-State Viscoelastic Properties of Clay-Containing Polymer Nanocomposites

Suprakas Sinha Ray
Suprakas Sinha Ray
DST/CSIR National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
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January 01, 2014


Understanding the melt-state viscoelastic properties of clay-containing polymer nanocomposites (PCNs) is crucial to obtaining fundamental knowledge of the ‘processability’ and the structure-property relationship of these materials. In the case of PCNs, the melt-state viscoelastic properties are strongly influenced by their nanostructure. This chapter reviews recent advances in melt-state viscoelastic properties of PCNs. To begin this, brief descriptions of the structure and properties of clays, PCN processing, and thermodynamics are given. Attention is drawn to how viscoelastic behaviors of PCNs can be understood directly from their structure.

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Clay Minerals Society Workshop Lectures

Materials and Clay Minerals

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January 01, 2014




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