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Relationship Between Rheological Properties and Microstructure of Polypropylene/Organic Montmorillonite Nanocomposite Compounded by Twin Screw Extruder

[+] Author Affiliations
Guo Jiang, Han-Xiong Huang

South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China

Paper No. IMECE2007-43360, pp. 83-88; 6 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Design and Manufacturing
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4297-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Polypropylene (PP)/organic montmorillonite (OMMT) nanocomposite was compounded in a twin-screw extruder. The objective is to investigate the relationship between rheological properties and microstructure of the nanocompsite. The samples were taken along the screws. Effect of feeding rate on the dynamical rheological property development and microstructure of samples was investigated. The yield stress of nanocomposite was obtained using steady-state shear sweep. The intercalated structure was probed by wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Rheological results showed that the complex viscosity of samples increased along the twin-screw extruder. In addition, with the decrease of feeding rate, the yield stress of nanocomposite increased and MMT was dispersed better in PP matrix. Finally, the relationship between dynamical rheological properties and the dispersed state of MMT was analyzed.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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