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Title: MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES OF EPOXY/PVC/ORGANO-MODIFIED CLAY NANOCOMPOSITE
Page Range: p.93-102
Author(s): Pooja Kaushal; Pratibha Singh; Vishal Verma; Pandey K N; Vijai Kumar
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Journal: Applied Polymer Composites
Issue Year: apc
Volume: 1
Issue No: No.2

Abstract
This study describes processing and properties of nanocomposites of epoxy/ PVC with varying amounts of organo-modified clay. Organo-modified clay changes from hydrophilic to organophillic after reacting with organic-cationic surfactant. Small amounts of organoclay, added to polymer, impart many rheological characteristics and enhance physico-mechanical properties. Varying amounts of PVC added to epoxy indicated 5 phr PVC imparts best properties to epoxy. Various amounts of organo-modified clay, with loading varying from 1 to 9 phr, added to epoxy/PVC mixture, demonstrated that optimum to best mechanical properties are achieved with Epoxy/5 phr PVC/5 phr organomodified montmorillonite clay composites. 17 Refs.

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