High performance thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) nanocomposite based on graphene nanoplates (GNPs)

Mou'Ad A. Tarawneh, L. J. Yu, Musab A. Tarawni, Sahrim Ahmad, O. Al-Banawi, Mohammad A. Batiha

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This paper examines the enhancement in the properties of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) reinforced by graphene nanoplates (GNPs). TPE is a blend of polypropylene (PP), natural rubber (NR) and liquid natural rubber (LNR), which is used as a compatibiliser at a percentage of volume ratio 70:10:20, respectively. Using TPE as the host matrix, TPE/GNPs nanocomposites are processed, and the mechanical, electrical and structural properties are characterised. The results extracted from the tensile and the impact tests showed that the tensile strength, Young's modulus and the impact strength of the nanocomposites also increased as the filler loading increased until an optimum value of filler loading was reached. Based on the experimental results, GNPs strongly affected the electrical conductivity due to disruption of the GNPs percolated network. It is believed that the high aspect ratio of GNPs is a critical issue concerning the constitution of a special interface region between the GNPs and TPE matrix and the high performance of the composites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-442
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Journal of Engineering
Volume12
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

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Thermoplastic elastomers
rubber
Graphene
Nanocomposites
matrix
Young modulus
tensile strength
electrical conductivity
liquid
Fillers
Rubber
Impact strength
Structural properties
Aspect ratio
Polypropylenes
Electric properties
Tensile strength
Elastic moduli
Mechanical properties
Composite materials

Keywords

  • Electrical conductivity
  • Graphene nanoplates
  • Nanocomposites
  • Thermoplastic elastomer
  • Thermoplastics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Tarawneh, MA. A., Yu, L. J., Tarawni, M. A., Ahmad, S., Al-Banawi, O., & Batiha, M. A. (2015). High performance thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) nanocomposite based on graphene nanoplates (GNPs). World Journal of Engineering, 12(5), 437-442.

High performance thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) nanocomposite based on graphene nanoplates (GNPs). / Tarawneh, Mou'Ad A.; Yu, L. J.; Tarawni, Musab A.; Ahmad, Sahrim; Al-Banawi, O.; Batiha, Mohammad A.

In: World Journal of Engineering, Vol. 12, No. 5, 01.10.2015, p. 437-442.

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Tarawneh, MAA, Yu, LJ, Tarawni, MA, Ahmad, S, Al-Banawi, O & Batiha, MA 2015, 'High performance thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) nanocomposite based on graphene nanoplates (GNPs)', World Journal of Engineering, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 437-442.
Tarawneh, Mou'Ad A. ; Yu, L. J. ; Tarawni, Musab A. ; Ahmad, Sahrim ; Al-Banawi, O. ; Batiha, Mohammad A. / High performance thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) nanocomposite based on graphene nanoplates (GNPs). In: World Journal of Engineering. 2015 ; Vol. 12, No. 5. pp. 437-442.
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