Characterizing of Natural Nanoclay/Polyethylene Nanocomposite during Processing Steps
Nanocomposite made of clay minerals and polyolefin goes through several steps. During these steps materials will have changes especially in the structure and properties. Then the final material will be of both new structure and properties. These main steps in the manufacturing process will include the stages of preparation of the material components and mixing. The structures of the materials are well characterized at each step. Then, we can understand how the processing steps will affect the structures and mechanism for producing the final nanocomposite material. The results include characterization by SEM, TEM, XRD and EDAX chemical analysis. During the processing, the energy will be changed for both of the initial materials and the final product in addition to the materials properties which will depend on the energy changes. The analysis includes the methods of calculations of energy changes. Then, design suggestions are developed for energy control to produce nanocomposite with certain energy level to carry certain amount of loads. Therefore, the study will provide possibility for pre-control of the lifetime of the produced materials.
R. El-Sheikhy and M. Al-Shamrani, "Characterizing of Natural Nanoclay/Polyethylene Nanocomposite during Processing Steps", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 214, pp. 418-421, 2011