<p>Nanoclay filled thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)/polypropylene (PP) blends compatibilized with maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MA-g-PP) have been studied with emphasis on sequence of nanoclay addition. In sequence I [TPU(nano)/PP/MA-g-PP], nanoclay was first added to TPU and this nano composite was blended with PP, using MA-g-PP as compatibilizer. In the case of sequence II [TPU/PP(nano)/MA-g-PP], nanoclay was added first to PP and blended with TPU, using MA-g-PP as compatibilizer. These blend systems were evaluated by DSC, FTIR, DMA, SEM, XRD and tensile properties. The results indicated that sequence I imparted greater compatibility to the polymers and better nanoclay dispersion than sequence II. Overall the TPU(nano)/PP/MA-g-PP blend system shows better dispersion than TPU/PP(nano)/MA-g-PP. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.</p>
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Dr. Kannan M., Bhagawan, S. Sa, Jose, Tb, Thomas, Sc, and Joseph, Kd, “Effect of sequence of nanoclay addition in TPU/PP blends: Thermomechanical properties”, Journal of Materials Science, vol. 45, pp. 1078-1085, 2010.