The degradation of mechanical properties in polymer nano-composites exposed to liquid media - a review

Saharudin, Mohd, Atif, Rasheed, Shyha, Islam and Inam, Fawad (2016) The degradation of mechanical properties in polymer nano-composites exposed to liquid media - a review. RSC Advances, 6. pp. 1076-1089. ISSN 2046-2069

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Abstract

The advancement of polymer nano-composites has been motivated by the need for materials with a specific combination of mechanical properties beyond those achieved from only one material. Integration of reinforcement into polymers at nanoscale can provide a significant increase in numerous physical and mechanical properties of polymer nano-composites. However, in applications where contact with chemically reactive liquid media is unavoidable, the mechanical properties of polymer nano-composites suffer degradation and environmental stress cracking (ESC) which is a commonly observed phenomenon. Moderate and severe aggressive liquid can cause ESC while non aggressive liquid are also capable of lowering the mechanical properties of polymer nano-composites by acting as plasticizer. To date, only few studies are reported discussing the ability of nano-fillers to resist ESC in polymer nano-composites when exposed to chemically reactive liquid media. In this review, various factors responsible for ESC in polymer nano-composites and their remedies are studied.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Subjects: F100 Chemistry
F200 Materials Science
F300 Physics
H300 Mechanical Engineering
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
J400 Polymers and Textiles
J500 Materials Technology not otherwise specified
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Fawad Inam
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 16:29
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 15:29
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/25042

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