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Journal Article


Journal of Polymer Research, Volume 19, Number 2, p.1-10 (2012)



Activation energy, Diffusion, Dynamic mechanical property, Elongation at break, Loss moduli, Masterbatch, Maximum values, Mechanical properties, Minimum value, Morphological analysis, Nano clays, Nanoclay composites, Nanocomposites, Nanofiller, Nitrile rubbers, Organoclay, Rubber, Solvent diffusion, Solvent uptake, Sorption, swelling, Thermodynamic constants, Transport properties, Two step method, Two-roll mill


The article describes the properties of nitrile rubber (NBR)-nanoclay composites prepared by a two-step method. viz. preparation of a 3:1 [by weight] masterbatch of NBR and nanoclay followed by compounding on a two roll mill and molding at 150 °C and 20 MPa pressure. The tensile strength, elongation at break, modulus, storage modulus (E') and loss modulus (E") increased with the nanofiller content, reached the maximum value at 5 phr and decreased thereafter. The solvent uptake, diffusion, sorption and permeation constants decreased with nanoclay content with the minimum value at 5 phr nanoclay. The mechanism of solvent diffusion through the nanocomposites was found to be Fickian. Thermodynamic constants such as enthalpy and activation energy were also evaluated. The dependence of various properties on nanoclay content was correlated to the morphology of the nanocomposites. supported by morphological analysis. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


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M. Balachandran and Bhagawan, S. S., “Mechanical, thermal and transport properties of nitrile rubber (NBR)-Nanoclay composites”, Journal of Polymer Research, vol. 19, pp. 1-10, 2012.