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Linear viscoelasticity of PP/PS/MWCNT composites with co-continuous morphology


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Strugova, Daria, David, Éric et Demarquette, Nicole R.. 2022. « Linear viscoelasticity of PP/PS/MWCNT composites with co-continuous morphology ». Journal of Rheology, vol. 66, nº 4. pp. 671-681.

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In this work, a study of the linear viscoelastic properties of co-continuous polypropylene/polystyrene blends filled with multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) is presented. The YZZ rheological model [W. Yu et al., Polymer 51, 2091–2098 (2010)] is employed to correlate the rheological behavior of the blends with their microstructure and electrical properties. A test design involving a sequence of small amplitude oscillatory shear and a time sweep (simulating thermal annealing) is used to evaluate the morphology and evolution of electrical properties. It was shown that the YZZ rheological model could be successfully modified to be able to quantify a co-continuous morphology of filled composites. The calculated characteristic domain size was found to be in good agreement with the experimental data obtained via scanning electron microscopy. Furthermore, it is shown that the characteristic domain size slightly decreased after 30 min of thermal annealing. It was shown, as well, that thermal annealing promoted a reduction in the electrical percolation threshold (wt. % MWCNT) from 0.28 to 0.06.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
David, Éric
Demarquette, Nicole R.
Affiliation: Génie mécanique, Génie mécanique
Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 15:48
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2022 14:57

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