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    Incorporating multiscale micromechanical approach into PLSNs with different intercalated morphologies

    , Article Journal of Applied Polymer Science ; Volume 119, Issue 6 , September , 2011 , Pages 3347-3359 ; 00218995 (ISSN) Yazdi, A. Z ; Bagheri, R ; Kazeminezhad, M ; Heidarian, D ; Sharif University of Technology
    The objective of the present study is to predict Young's modulus of polymer-layered silicate nanocomposites (PLSNs) containing fully intercalated structures. The particular contribution of this article is to consider the changes in structural parameters of different intercalated morphologies in vicinity of each other. These parameters include aspect ratio of intercalated stacks, number of silicate layers per stack, d-spacing between the layers, modulus of the gallery phase, and volume fraction of each intercalated morphology. To do this, the effective particle concept has been employed and combined with the Mori-Tanaka micromechanical model. It has been shown that the simultaneous effects of... 

    On the sensitivity of the nanostructural parameters on youngg"s modulus of PLSNs in fully intercalated structures

    , Article Journal of Composite Materials ; Volume 43, Issue 24 , 2009 , Pages 2921-2941 ; 00219983 (ISSN) Zehtab Yazdi, A ; Bagheri, R ; Kazeminezhad, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Polymer-layered silicate nanocomposites have been observed to demonstrate enhanced mechanical properties particularly at low weight fractions of silicate. Experimental and theoretical investigations reveal that numerous structural parameters strongly influence the modulus of such nanocomposites. A multiscale micromechanical model is developed which considers a wide range of different affecting parameters including the particle aspect ratio, the number of silicate layers per stack, the d-spacing ratio between the layers, the penetration of polymer chains along silicate sheets, the intercalation feature, and the particle volume fraction. The developed model illustrates the accuracy and... 

    Morphology, rheology and mechanical properties of polypropylene/ethylene-octene copolymer/clay nanocomposites: Effects of the compatibilizer

    , Article Composites Science and Technology ; Volume 72, Issue 14 , 2012 , Pages 1697-1704 ; 02663538 (ISSN) Bagheri Kazemabad, S ; Fox, D ; Chen, Y ; Geever, L. M ; Khavandi, A ; Bagheri, R ; Higginbotham, C. L ; Zhang, H ; Chen, B ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier  2012
    The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of two compatibilizers, namely maleated polypropylene (PP-g-MA) and maleic anhydride grafted poly (ethylene-co-octene) (EOC-g-MA), on the morphology and thus properties of ternary nanocomposites of polypropylene (PP)/ethylene-octene copolymer (EOC)/clay nanocomposite. In this regard the nanocomposites and their neat polymer blend counterparts were processed twice using a twin screw extruder. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy were utilized to characterize nanostructure and microstructure besides mechanical and rheological behaviors of the...