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See detailMorphology and properties of SAN-clay nanocomposites prepared principally by water-assisted extrusion
Mainil, Michaël; Urbanczyk, Laetitia ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg et al

in Polymer Engineering & Science (2010), 50(1), 10-21

An efficient extrusion process involving the injection of water while processing was used to prepare poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) (SAN) / clay nanocomposites with a high degree of nanoclay delamination ... [more ▼]

An efficient extrusion process involving the injection of water while processing was used to prepare poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) (SAN) / clay nanocomposites with a high degree of nanoclay delamination. The usefulness of water-assisted extrusion is highlighted here, in comparison with classical extrusion and roll mill processes. Cloisite® 30B (C30B), a montmorillonite clay organomodified with alkylammonium cations bearing 2-hydroxyethyl chains, and pristine montmorillonite were melt blended with SAN (25wt% AN) in a semi-industrial scale extruder specially designed to allow water injection. XRD analysis, visual and TEM observations were used to evaluate the quality of clay dispersion. The relationship between the nanocomposite morphology and its mechanical and thermal properties was then investigated. The superiority of the SAN/C30B nanocomposite extruded with water has been evidenced by cone calorimetry tests and thermogravimetric measurements (TGA). These analyses showed a substantial improvement of the fire behavior and the thermal properties, while a 20% increase of the Young modulus was recorded. [less ▲]

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See detailBiodegradable polyester layered silicate nanocomposites based on poly(epsilon-caprolactone)
Pantoustier, Nadège; Lepoittevin, Bénédicte; Alexandre, Michaël ULg et al

in Polymer Engineering & Science (2002), 42(9), 1928-1937

Nanocomposites based on biodegradable poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) and layered silicates (montmorillonite, MMT) were prepared either by melt intercalation with PCL or by in situ ring-opening ... [more ▼]

Nanocomposites based on biodegradable poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) and layered silicates (montmorillonite, MMT) were prepared either by melt intercalation with PCL or by in situ ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone as promoted by the so-called coordination-insertion mechanism. Both non-modified clays (Na+-MMT) and silicates modified by various alkylammonium cations were studied. Mechanical and thermal properties were examined by tensile testing and thermogravimetric analysis. Even at a filler content as low as 3 wt% of inorganic layered silicate, the PCL-layered silicate nanocomposites exhibited improved mechanical properties (higher Young's modulus) and increased thermal stability as well as enhanced flame retardant characteristics as a result of a charring effect. It was shown that the formation of PCL-based nanocomposites depended not only on the nature of the ammonium cation and related functionality but also on the selected synthetic route, melt intercalation vs. in situ intercalative polymerization. Interestingly enough, when the intercalative polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone was carried out in the presence of MMT organo-modified with ammonium cations bearing hydroxyl functions, nanocomposites with much improved mechanical properties were recovered. Those hybrid polyester layered silicate nanocomposites. were characterized by a covalent bonding between the polyester chains and the clay organo-surface as a result of the polymerization mechanism, which was actually initiated from the surface hydroxyl functions adequately activated by selected tin (II) or tin (IV) catalysts. [less ▲]

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See detailPolylactide (PLA) – A new way of production
Jacobsen, Sven; Degée, Philippe; Fritz, Hans-Gerhard et al

in Polymer Engineering & Science (1999), 39(7), 1311-1319

Poly(lactide) (PLA), a biodegradable aliphatic polyester with excellent properties for different polymer applications, has been used mostly in the biomedical field, mainly because of its high price ... [more ▼]

Poly(lactide) (PLA), a biodegradable aliphatic polyester with excellent properties for different polymer applications, has been used mostly in the biomedical field, mainly because of its high price, resulting from expensive polymerization and purification techniques. Although this polymer can play a major role in future markets for biodegradable polymers, the current high price has to be reduced significantly to at least $4 US/kg. Therefore, this paper aims to partially review the polymerization techniques traditionally used in PLA synthesis and to propose new developments that enable us to produce these polymers by an innovative process for just a portion of the costs traditionally charged, using reactive extrusion techniques in a closely intermeshing co-rotating twin screw extruder. This paper gives an overview of attainable mechanical properties and future markets. [less ▲]

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See detailTemperature variation of the photoinduced birefringence of an azo dye doped polymer
Blanche, Pierre-Alexandre ULg; Lemaire, Philippe ULg; Maertens, Christophe et al

in Polymer Engineering & Science (1999), 39(3), 406-412

The influence of the temperature on the photoinduced birefringence on an azo dye doped polymer film has been studied. Sample is composed of a polymer matrix PVK (Poly(N-vinylcarbazole)), doped with 10 ... [more ▼]

The influence of the temperature on the photoinduced birefringence on an azo dye doped polymer film has been studied. Sample is composed of a polymer matrix PVK (Poly(N-vinylcarbazole)), doped with 10 weight percent (wt%) of the birefringent molecule DMNPAA (2,5-dimethyl-4-(p-nitrophenylazo)anisole) and 30 wt% of ECZ (N-ethylcarbazole) which acts as a plasticizer. Theoretical results can explain the behavior of the amplitude of the photoinduced birefringence versus temperature. Experimental and theoretical results are compared. Holographic recording experiments based on photoinduced birefringence have been carried out. Based on the effect of temperature, we have been able to significantly increase the diffraction efficiency of our sample. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of polyalky(meth)acrylates to the design of PVC melt viscosity
Vankan, R.; Fayt, Roger; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Polymer Engineering & Science (1996), 36(12), 1675-1684

The shear viscosity of poly(vinylchloride) (PVC) at 200°C can be decreased by at least one order of magnitude by the addition of as little as 5 wt% poly n-alkyl-(meth)acrylates (PMA) of a much lower ... [more ▼]

The shear viscosity of poly(vinylchloride) (PVC) at 200°C can be decreased by at least one order of magnitude by the addition of as little as 5 wt% poly n-alkyl-(meth)acrylates (PMA) of a much lower dynamic viscosity than PVC. For this effect to be observed, the polymeric additive must be immiscible with PVC at 200°C. The average size of the dispersed phases is observed in the range of 0.5 to 5 m; size fluctuation in this domain has no significant effect. When these conditions are met, there is a linear increase in the shear viscosity ratio blend/PVC from 0.2 to 1.0 with increasing logarithmic values of the dynamic viscosity ratio of the additive over PVC [(log(/)) from -4 to -1]. [less ▲]

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