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High performance thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) nanocomposite based on graphene nanoplates (GNPs)

1Department of Physics, Collage of Science, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, P.o. Box 20, Ma’an, Jordan
2UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur Campus (North Wing), Lot 12734, Jalan Choo Lip Kung, Taman Tayton View, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3Faculty of Engineering and Environment, the National University of Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
4School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, The National University of Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
5Department of chemical Engineering, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, P.o. Box 20, Ma’an, Jordan

World Journal of Engineering

ISSN: 1708-5284

Article publication date: 23 October 2015

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Abstract

This paper examines the enhancement in the properties of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) reinforced by graphene nanoplates (GNPs). TPE is a blend of polypropylene (PP), natural rubber (NR) and liquid natural rubber (LNR), which is used as a compatibiliser at a percentage of volume ratio 70:10:20, respectively. Using TPE as the host matrix, TPE/GNPs nanocomposites are processed, and the mechanical, electrical and structural properties are characterised. The results extracted from the tensile and the impact tests showed that the tensile strength, Young’s modulus and the impact strength of the nanocomposites also increased as the filler loading increased until an optimum value of filler loading was reached. Based on the experimental results, GNPs strongly affected the electrical conductivity due to disruption of the GNPs percolated network. It is believed that the high aspect ratio of GNPs is a critical issue concerning the constitution of a special interface region between the GNPs and TPE matrix and the high performance of the composites.

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Tarawneh, M.A., YU, L.J., Tarawni, M.A., Ahmad, S.H., Al-Banawi, O. and Batiha, M.A. (2015), "High performance thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) nanocomposite based on graphene nanoplates (GNPs)", World Journal of Engineering, Vol. 12 No. 5, pp. 437-442. https://doi.org/10.1260/1708-5284.12.5.437

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited