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The Effects of Nanostructure on the Stability of Nanocomposite Building Materials

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Author(s)

Marc R. Nyden, Samuel Manzello, Richard H. Harris Jr.

Abstract

Thermoplastics and composites made from hydrocarbon polymers can improve the affordability, strength-to-weight ratio, and durability of manufactured products. Unfortunately, the use of these materials in buildings and vehicles is limited because of their inherent flammability. Nanoadditives have been shown to increase stability, reduce flammability, and enhance mechanical properties when they are homogeneously dispersed in polymers. Unfortunately, nanoadditives, such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and aluminosilicate clays are not thermodynamically compatible with most polymers. This affects both the quality of the initial dispersion and the lifecycle performance of polymer nanocomposites. In this paper, we present an overview of the progress we have made in using molecular mechanics modeling to reveal relationships between the structures of nanoadditives and the thermodynamic stability of polymer nanocomposites and initial efforts directed at the development of a facility for generating samples of diverse nanostructures for experimental evaluation.
Proceedings Title
Recent Advances in Flame Retardancy of Polymeric Materials | 18th | 2007 | BCC |
Conference Dates
May 20-23, 2007
Conference Location
Undefined
Conference Title
Recent Advances in Flame Retardancy of Polymeric Materials

Citation

Nyden, M. , Manzello, S. and Harris Jr., R. (2017), The Effects of Nanostructure on the Stability of Nanocomposite Building Materials, Recent Advances in Flame Retardancy of Polymeric Materials | 18th | 2007 | BCC |, Undefined (Accessed July 21, 2024)

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Created February 19, 2017