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.
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/10.1260/1708-5222.214.171.1247
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