Mechanical and fracture toughness behavior of TPNR nanocomposites

Sahrim Ahmad, Rozaidi Rasid, S. N. Surip, H. Anuar, T. Czigany, S. B Abdul Razak

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Abstract

Thermoplastic natural rubber (TPNR) nanocomposites containing organophilic layered silicates were prepared by melt blending method at 180C using internal mixer (Haake 600P). The aim of this study is to determine the influence of the organoclay filler on the mechanical and fracture properties. In this study, two mixing methods were employed to incorporate filler into matrix, namely the direct (DM) and indirect (IDM) method. The mechanical properties of TPNR nanocomposites were studied using tensile, flexural, and impact tests. The tensile and flexural tests revealed that the optimum loading of organoclay was at 4 wt% using the indirect method of mixing. Plane stress fracture toughness of thermoplastic natural rubber (TPNR) nanocomposite was determined by the essential work of fracture (EWF) concept using tensile-loaded deeply double-edge notched (DDEN-T) specimens. The EWF measurements indicated that the specific essential work of fracture (we) decreased in the presence of nanoclay. Nevertheless, these TPNR nanocomposites met the basic requirement of the EWF concept of full ligament yielding, which was marked by a load drop in the forcedisplacement curves of the DDEN-T specimens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2147-2159
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Composite Materials
Volume41
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007

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Rubber
Thermoplastics
Fracture toughness
Nanocomposites
Organoclay
Fillers
Silicates
Ligaments
Mechanical properties

Keywords

  • Fracture toughness
  • Mechanical properties
  • Nanocomposite
  • Organoclay
  • Thermoplastic elastomer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites

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Mechanical and fracture toughness behavior of TPNR nanocomposites. / Ahmad, Sahrim; Rasid, Rozaidi; Surip, S. N.; Anuar, H.; Czigany, T.; Razak, S. B Abdul.

In: Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 41, No. 17, 09.2007, p. 2147-2159.

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Ahmad, Sahrim ; Rasid, Rozaidi ; Surip, S. N. ; Anuar, H. ; Czigany, T. ; Razak, S. B Abdul. / Mechanical and fracture toughness behavior of TPNR nanocomposites. In: Journal of Composite Materials. 2007 ; Vol. 41, No. 17. pp. 2147-2159.
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