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  1. Surface treated polypropylene (PP) fibres for reinforced concrete

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    López-Buendía, Angel M., E-mail: buendia@uv.es [AIDICO Technological Institute of Construction, Benjamin Franklin 17, 46380 Paterna, Valencia (Spain); Romero-Sánchez, María Dolores [AIDICO Technological Institute of Construction, Marble Technical Unit, Camí de Castella 4, 03660 Novelda. Alicante (Spain); Climent, Verónica [Lafarge Cementos, Polígono Sepes, Isaac Newton s/n, 46500 Sagunto, Valencia (Spain); Guillem, Celia [AIDICO Technological Institute of Construction, Marble Technical Unit, Camí de Castella 4, 03660 Novelda. Alicante (Spain)

    2013-12-15

    Surface treatments on a polypropylene (PP) fibre have contributed to the improvement of fibre/concrete adhesion in fibre-reinforced concrete. The treatments to the PP fibre were characterized by contact angle measurements, ATR-IR and XPS to analyse chemical alterations. The surface topography and fibre/concrete interaction were analysed by several microscopic techniques, namely optical petrographic, and scanning electron microscopy. Treatment modified the surface chemistry and topography of the fibre by introducing sodium moieties and created additional fibre surface roughness. Modifications in the fibre surface led to an increase in the adhesion properties between the treated fibres and concrete and an improvement in the mechanical properties of the fibre-reinforced concrete composite as compared to the concrete containing untreated PP fibres. Compatibility with the concrete and increased roughness and mineral surface was also improved by nucleated portlandite and ettringite mineral association anchored on the alkaline PP fibre surface, which is induced during treatment.

  2. Mechanical and thermal properties of polypropylene (PP) composites filled with modified shell waste

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    Yao, Z.T., E-mail: sxyzt@126.com [College of Materials Science and Environmental Engineering, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Chen, T. [Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058 (China); Li, H.Y. [Zhoushan Ocean Research Institute, Zhejiang University, Zhoushan 316021 (China); Xia, M.S., E-mail: msxia@zju.edu.cn [Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058 (China); Ye, Y.; Zheng, H. [Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058 (China)

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: • Adding modified shell powder could significantly increase the properties of PP. • The modified shell powder could act as a nucleating agent in PP matrix. • The modified shell powder has a potential to be used as a bio-filler. -- Abstract: Shell waste, with its high content of calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) plus organic matrix, has a potential to be used as a bio-filler. In this work, shell waste was modified by furfural and then incorporated to reinforce polypropylene (PP). The shell waste and modified powder were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy equipped with an energy dispersive spectrometer (SEM-EDS), X-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy (XPS), and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The mechanical and thermal properties of neat PP and PP composites were investigated as well. Thermal gravimetric (TG) analyses confirmed the reinforcing role of modified powder in PP composites. The mechanical properties studied showed that adding modified powder could significantly increase the impact strength, elongation at break point and flexural modulus of composites. The maximum incorporation content could reach 15 wt.% with a good balance between toughness and stiffness of PP composites. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results showed that the modified powder could act as a nucleating agent and thus increase the crystallization temperature of PP. Polarized optical microscopy (POM) observation also indicated that the introduction of modified powder could promote the heterogeneous nucleation of PP matrix.

  3. Bio-composites fabricated by sandwiching sisal fibers with polypropylene (PP)

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    Sosiati, H.; Nahyudin, A.; Fauzi, I.; Wijayanti, D. A.; Triyana, K.

    2016-04-01

    Sisal fibers reinforced polypropylene (PP) composites were successfully fabricated using sandwiching sisal fibers with PP sheets. The ratio of fiber and polymer matrix was 50:50 (wt. %). Untreated short and long sisal fibers, and alkali treated short sisal fibers in 6% NaOH at 100°C for 1 and 3 h were used as reinforcement or fillers. A small amount (3 wt. %) of maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MAPP) was added as a coupling agent. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were used to characterize the surface morphology and chemical composition of the fibers, respectively. Flexural test of sisal/PP composites was done according to ASTM D 790-02. The results showed that flexural strength of untreated long fiber reinforced composite is much higher than that of the untreated and alkali treated short fibers reinforced composites with and without the addition of MAPP. Alkalization related to fiber surface modification, fiber length/fiber orientation and a composite fabrication technique are important factors in contributing to the fiber distribution within the matrix, the bonding between the fiber and the matrix and the enhancement of flexural strength of the bio-composite.

  4. Development and mechanical characterization of a polypropylene (pp) composite with grinding sludge as fiber

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    Rodrigues, D. A.; Oliveira, A. S. M.; Specht, R. F.; Santana, R. M. C.

    2014-05-01

    The search for alternative materials that provide reduced costs in manufacturing processes, and the need of to recycle materials normally disposable, it has aroused great interest and much research, with regard to reduction of material consumption due to its high cost and scarcity. Within this focus, this work aims to characterize a thermoplastic composite, whose polymer matrix is polypropylene (PP), and as disperse phase "grinding sludge, GS" from the various machining processes for grinding. After drying and sieving the GS and its subsequent mixing with the thermoplastic resin to prepare the PP/GS composites formulated were 80/20, 70/30, 60/40 w/w. The composite was injected into an injection mold in the form specimen test. The specimens followed the ASTM D638 and ASTM D256 for tensile and impact respectively. Three processing parameters were varied: the content of GS, temperature and injection rate. Each of these variables has three levels: L (low), M (medium) and H (high), making all possible combinations, totaling 27 processing conditions. The experimental conditions followed a statistical design obtained with the software Statgraphics Centurion, where the effects of variables are studied according to their statistical significance. An analysis of MEV and EDS was performed to obtain the characteristics of the "grinding sludge" (geometry and composition). Despite having been sifted, the geometry of the GS was still very rough, with varied shapes and sizes, and even made up a small percentage of abrasive grains. The variable that most influenced the mechanical properties was the content of particulate GS. The values obtained for the maximum tensile strength not behaved in descending order as expected, this may be the effect of small amount of samples tested. The results of the mechanical properties showed that for the elasticity modulus increased with increasing of GS; the values of elongation and impact strength decreased with increasing of GS.

  5. Chemical recycling of plastic wastes made from polyethylene (LDPE and HDPE) and polypropylene (PP).

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    Achilias, D S; Roupakias, C; Megalokonomos, P; Lappas, A A; Antonakou, Epsilon V

    2007-11-19

    The recycling of either model polymers or waste products based on low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or polypropylene (PP) is examined using the dissolution/reprecipitation method, as well as pyrolysis. In the first technique, different solvents/non-solvents were examined at different weight percent amounts and temperatures using as raw material both model polymers and commercial products (packaging film, bags, pipes, food-retail outlets). The recovery of polymer in every case was greater than 90%. FT-IR spectra and tensile mechanical properties of the samples before and after recycling were measured. Furthermore, catalytic pyrolysis was carried out in a laboratory fixed bed reactor with an FCC catalyst using again model polymers and waste products as raw materials. Analysis of the derived gases and oils showed that pyrolysis gave a mainly aliphatic composition consisting of a series of hydrocarbons (alkanes and alkenes), with a great potential to be recycled back into the petrochemical industry as a feedstock for the production of new plastics or refined fuels.

  6. Development of thermoplastic elastomers based on maleated ethylene propylene rubber (m-EPM and polypropylene (PP by dynamic vulcanization

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    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Dicumyl peroxide (DCP-cured thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs based on blends of maleated ethylene propylene rubber (m-EPM and polypropylene (PP using maleated-PP as a compatibilizer have been developed. Physical properties of these TPVs change significantly with concentrations of DCP and rubber/plastic blend ratios. Important correlations were obtained from rheometer delta torque values with various physical properties of the TPVs like tension set and crosslink density etc. Wide angle X-ray diffraction study confirms that concentration of DCP has a strong influence on the crystallinity of PP, which might affect the final physical properties of TPVs. The recyclability and ageing characteristics of these TPVs are also found excellent.

  7. Multi-walled carbon nanotube filled polypropylene nanocomposites based on masterbatch route: Improvement of dispersion and mechanical properties through PP-g-MA addition

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    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWNTs filled polypropylene (PP nanocomposites were prepared through diluting a PP/MWNT masterbatch in a PP matrix by melt compounding with a twin screw extruder. Polypropylene grafted maleic anhydride (PP-g-MA was used to promote the carbon nanotubes dispersion. The effect of PP-g-MA addition on the rheological, mechanical and morphological properties of the nanocomposites was assessed for different MWNTs loadings. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM has shown that nanotubes are distributed reasonably uniformly. A better dispersion and good adhesion between the nanotubes and the PP matrix is caused by wrapping of PP-g-MA on MWNTs. When PP-g-MA is added, dynamic moduli and viscosity further increases compared to PP/MWNT nanocomposites. The rheological percolation threshold drops significantly. Tensile and flexural moduli and Charpy impact resistance of the nanocomposites also increases by the addition of PP-g-MA. The present study confirms that PP-g-MA is efficient to promote the dispersion of MWNTs in PP matrix and serves as an adhesive to increase their interfacial strength, hence greatly improving the rheological percolation threshold and mechanical properties of PP/MWNT nanocomposites.

  8. Spectroscopic analysis and mechanical properties of electron beam irradiated polypropylene/epoxidized natural rubber (PP/ENR) polymer blends

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    Senna, Magdy M.H. [National Center for Radiation Research and Technology, P.O.Box 29, Nasr City, Cairo (Egypt)], E-mail: magdysenna@yahoo.com; Abdel-Fattah, Atef A. [National Center for Radiation Research and Technology, P.O.Box 29, Nasr City, Cairo (Egypt); Abdel-Monem, Y.K. [Faculty of Science, Chemistry Department, Menoufia University (Egypt)

    2008-06-15

    Polymer blends based on different ratios of polypropylene (PP) and epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) were prepared by melt extrusion into sheets. The PP/ENR blends were exposed to various dose of accelerated electrons. The formation of free radicals during and after electron beam irradiation was illustrated by electron spin resonance (ESR). Also, the effect of electron beam irradiation on the mechanical and structural morphology was investigated by stress-strain behavior and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The ESR spectra indicated the formation of alkyl and allyl radicals during electron beam irradiation and peroxyl radicals during the post effect. The rate of radical decay was found to be second-order kinetics. The improvement in mechanical properties and structural morphology was confirmed to be due to the effect of electron beam irradiation.

  9. Polypropylene (PP) based proton exchange membrane for use in fuel cell; Obtencao de membrana trocadora de protons para uso em celula a combustivel, a base de polipropileno (PP)

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    Zen, Heloisa Augusto

    2008-07-01

    The radiation-induced graft of styrene onto polypropylene (PP) films was carried out by simultaneous irradiation method in a cobalt-60 source. The PP films were immersed in a solution of styrene with toluene (1:1 and 4:1, v/v) under inert atmosphere and at room temperature and then submitted at 20, 40, 80 and 100 kGy. After graft reaction the films were kept at room temperature under inert atmosphere for periods of 7, 14, 21 and 28 days in order to evaluate the degree of grafting. At the end of each period the films were sulfonated to provide the hydrophilic property to PP. The degree of grafting (DOG) was gravimetric determined and the chemical changes in the grafted and sulfonated films were characterized by Infrared Spectroscopy, Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry and the Ion Exchange Capacity (IEC) was calculated. The greatest DOG was obtained after 21 days of post-irradiation. By TGA the grafted films exhibited a decrease in the thermal stability, while the sulfonated exhibited an increase. By DSC was possible to verify that matrix polymeric did not suffer any drastic change in the melting temperature after grafting and sulfonation reactions. The IEC calculated shows that the new membrane developed has ionic conductivity property. (author)

  10. Correlation of Microstructure, Rheological and Morphological Characteristics of Synthesized Polypropylene (PP Reactor Blends Using Homogeneous Binary Metallocene Catalyst

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    Javid Vaezi

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available A novel binary homogeneous catalyst system based on (I: rac-Me2Si(2-Me-4-PhIn2ZrCl2 and (II: (2-PhIn2ZrCl2 catalysts at various molar ratios was utilized for the synthesis of polypropylene (PP reactor blends with bimodal molecular weight distribution (MWD. The results of gel permeation chromatography analyses revealed that the catalyst (I was responsible for the production of i-PP with high molecular weight (MW while the individual use of catalyst (II led to the production of an elastomeric PP with relatively low MW. However, application of the binary catalyst system led to high MW bimodal MWD products being highly dependent on the catalysts’ molar ratios. Increasing the molar ratio of catalyst (II to catalyst (I resulted in a notable enhancement of the products’ complex viscosity due to the increased MW, a higher level of chains’ entanglements and formation of amorphous blocks along the polymer chains. All products exhibited a single relaxation that shifted towards longer times upon changing the catalysts’ molar ratios. Scanning electron microscopy results revealed that the fracture surface of the blends, synthesized by the binary catalyst system, became more heterogeneous in comparison with the products obtained by the individual use of the catalyst (I. The observed heterogeneity was found to increase by increasing the amount of catalyst (II. Such morphological change was further corroborated by the dynamic rheological data, indicating a promising correlation between the linear rheological results and the morphological features of the synthesized PP reactor blends.

  11. Surface treatment of polypropylene (PP) film by 50 Hz dielectric barrier discharge produced in air and argon/air mixture at atmospheric pressure

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    Joshi, Ujjwal Man; Subedi, Deepak Prasad

    2015-07-01

    Thin films of polypropylene (PP) are treated for improving hydrophilicity using non-thermal plasma generated by 50 Hz line frequency dielectric barrier discharge produced in air and argon/air mixture at atmospheric pressure. PP samples before and after the treatments are studied using contact angle measurements, surface free energy calculations and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Distilled water (H2O), glycerol (C3H8O3) and diiodomethane (CH2I2) are used as test liquids. The contact angle measurements between test liquids and PP samples are used to determine total surface free energy using sessile drop technique. PP films show a remarkable increase in surface free energy after plasma treatment. SEM analysis of the plasma-treated PP films shows that plasma treatment introduces greater roughness on the surface leading to the increased surface free energy. Furthermore, it is found that introducing a small quantity of argon can enhance the surface treatment remarkably.

  12. Effect of cyclical thermal to mechanical properties of Hybrid Laminate Composites (HLC) with skin recycle polypropylene/natural fiber/halloysite and core PP/KF composites

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    Sri Suharty, Neng; Ismail, Hanafi; Suci Handayani, Desi; Diharjo, Kuncoro; Rachman Wibowo, Fajar; Arnita Wuri, Margaretha

    2016-02-01

    This research has successfully synthesized six hybrid laminate composites (HLC). These HLC consist of two layers skin composites and one layer of core PP/KF composites. There are sticked with epoxy adhesive by using cold press method. In this research 6 types of skin are used, namely the rPP (recycled polypropylene, HC1); rPP/DVB/PP-g-AA/KF (HC2); rPP/DVB/PP-g-AA/Hall (HC3); rPP/DVB/PP-g-AA/Hall+ZB (HC4); rPP/DVB/PP-g-AA/KF/Hall (HC5) and rPP/DVB/PP-g-AA/KF/Hall+ZB (HC6) composites. The mechanical properties assessment tensile strength (TS) of various HLC before and after cyclical thermal (CT) was done by ASTM D638. While testing the flame retardant: such as time to ignition (TTI) and burning rate (BR) was done by ASTM D635. Heat stability of HLC can be recognized by conducting the CT treatment. It is to determine the effect of fluctuating heat loads on mechanical properties of HLC materials. The TS result of five HLCs (HC2, HC3, HC4, HC5 and HC6) before CT treatment were higher than HC1 (blank HLC). Those five HLC are also able to increase the TTI and reduce the BR compared to HC1. The CT treatment conditions performed at 45 oC as much as 125 times. After CT treatment, the TS values only slightly decline compared to before CT treatment.

  13. Uterotrophic and Hershberger assays for endocrine disruption properties of plastic food contact materials polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

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    Chung, Bu Young; Kyung, Minji; Lim, Seong Kwang; Choi, Seul Min; Lim, Duck Soo; Kwack, Seung Jun; Kim, Hyung Sik; Lee, Byung-Mu

    2013-01-01

    Plasticizers or plastic materials such as phthalates, bisphenol-A (BPA), and styrene are widely used in the plastic industry and are suspected endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC). Although plastic materials such as polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are not EDC and are considered to be safe, their potential properties as EDC have not been fully investigated. In this study, plastic samples eluted from plastic food containers (PP or PET) were investigated in Sprague-Dawley rats using Hershberger and uterotrophic assays. In the Hershberger assay, 6-wk-old castrated male rats were orally treated for 10 consecutive days with plastic effluent at 3 different doses (5 ml/kg) or vehicle control (corn oil, 1 ml/100 g) to determine the presence of both anti-androgenic and androgenic effects. Testosterone (0.4 mg/ml/kg) was subcutaneously administered for androgenic evaluation as a positive control, whereas testosterone (0.4 mg/ml/kg) and flutamide (3 mg/kg/day) were administered to a positive control group for anti-androgenic evaluation. The presence of any anti-androgenic or androgenic activities of plastic effluent was not detected. Sex accessory tissues such as ventral prostate or seminal vesicle showed no significant differences in weight between treated and control groups. For the uterotrophic assay, immature female rats were treated with plastic effluent at three different doses (5 ml/kg), with vehicle control (corn oil, 1 ml/100 g), or with ethinyl estradiol (3 μg/kg/d) for 3 d. There were no significant differences between test and control groups in vagina or uterine weight. Data suggest that effluents from plastic food containers do not appear to produce significant adverse effects according to Hershberger and uterotrophic assays.

  14. Prosthetic abdominal wall hernia repair in emergency surgery: from polypropylene to biological meshes

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    Campanelli G

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The use of nonabsorbable prosthetic materials such as polypropylene, polyester, and ePTFE, have expanded and are now widely used in reparative surgery for abdominal wall hernias. There are still difficulties to find correct indication for prosthetic implant in emergency hernia surgery: as a matter of fact there is still a great debate if to use non-absorbable prostheses in potentially or truly infected operating fields [e.g. after intestinal resections]. All these problems can be avoided with the use of absorbable prosthetic materials such as those composed of lactic acid polymers or lactic and glycolic acid copolymers: however, the use of these absorbable prosthesis exposes the patient to a rapid and inevitable hernia recurrence. It is important to remember that prosthetic repair has been proven to have a significant less risk of recurrence than repair with direct sutures. Recently, new "biologic" prosthetic materials have been developed and proposed for the clinical use in infected fields. These materials can be called "remodeling" for the way by which they are replaced after their placement within the patient. The "remodeling" process is made possible through a process of incorporation, where a reproduction of a site-specific tissue similar to the original host tissue is created.

  15. Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) grafted polyethylene/polypropylene (PE/PP) nonwoven fabric by γ-initiation: Synthesis, characterization and benefits of RAFT mediation

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    Kodama, Yasko; Barsbay, Murat; Güven, Olgun

    2014-12-01

    Polyethylene/polypropylene (PE/PP) nonwoven fabrics were functionalized by γ-initiated RAFT mediated grafting of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), and the characterization of the grafted samples was carried out using various techniques. FTIR and XPS analysis showed an increase in the oxygenated content till a certain degree of grafting. The results implied a grafting process following the concept of ‘front mechanism’. The initial grafting occurred on the topmost surface layer, and then moved further into the bulk of the polymer matrix. Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) mediated grafting yielded a better controlled grafting when compared to those obtained in conventional grafting.

  16. Surface treatment of polypropylene (PP) film by 50 Hz dielectric barrier discharge produced in air and argon/air mixture at atmospheric pressure

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    Joshi, Ujjwal Man, E-mail: umjoshi@gmail.com; Subedi, Deepak Prasad, E-mail: deepaksubedi2001@yahoo.com [Department of Natural Sciences (Physics), School of Science, Kathmandu University P. O. Box No. 6250, Dhulikhel, Kathmandu, Nepal (India)

    2015-07-31

    Thin films of polypropylene (PP) are treated for improving hydrophilicity using non-thermal plasma generated by 50 Hz line frequency dielectric barrier discharge produced in air and argon/air mixture at atmospheric pressure. PP samples before and after the treatments are studied using contact angle measurements, surface free energy calculations and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Distilled water (H{sub 2}O), glycerol (C{sub 3}H{sub 8}O{sub 3}) and diiodomethane (CH{sub 2}I{sub 2}) are used as test liquids. The contact angle measurements between test liquids and PP samples are used to determine total surface free energy using sessile drop technique. PP films show a remarkable increase in surface free energy after plasma treatment. SEM analysis of the plasma-treated PP films shows that plasma treatment introduces greater roughness on the surface leading to the increased surface free energy. Furthermore, it is found that introducing a small quantity of argon can enhance the surface treatment remarkably.

  17. LH-PP/Nano-clay共混挤出的发泡成型%Extrusion Foaming of Linear Polypropylene Homopolymer/Nano-Clay Blends

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    王明义; 纪莲清; 马军; 周南桥

    2011-01-01

    Foaming process of linear polypropylene homopolymer(LH-PP)/nano-clay blends was investigated using a single extruder foaming system,with supercritical carbon dioxide as the foaming agent and maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene(PP-g-MAH) as the coupling agent.Influences of die temperature and blending formulation on foam expansion ratio,cell-population density and die pressure were analyzed.Result shows the addition of nano-clay and PP-g-MAH increases the maximum expansion ratio of foamed samples obtained.Compared with pure LH-PP,the addition of nano-clay and PP-g-MAH decreases the foaming temperature of LH-PP/nano-clay/PP-g-MAH blends as maximum expansion ratio is achieved.In addition,we found the curve of the final expansion ratio of PP foam vs.temperature shows a typical mountain shape for each formulation,indicating that gas loss and crystallization stiffening of the melt at low temperature are the two governing factors influencing foam expansion ratio of semi-crystalline polymers.%以超临界CO2为发泡剂,马来酸酐接枝改性聚丙烯(PP-g-MAH)为相容剂,使用单螺杆挤出发泡系统研究了线性均聚聚丙烯(LH-PP)/纳米粘土(Nano-clay)共混物的发泡成型过程,研究了口模温度和共混配方对发泡样品膨胀率、泡孔密度以及口模压力的影响。研究发现,Nano-clay和PP-g-MAH的加入提高了LH-PP/Nano-clay/PP-g-MAH共混物发泡样品的最大膨胀率,与纯LH-PP获得最大膨胀率的发泡温度相比,Nano-clay和PP-g-MAH的加入使得共混体系获得最大膨胀率的发泡温度向低温迁移。此外,研究发现发泡样品的最终膨胀率对温度的关系呈现一种山峰状分布,说明高温下的气体散失及低温下熔体的硬化结晶是影响半结晶聚合物发泡样品膨胀率的两个因素。

  18. ATH浓度对PP/ATH复合材料力学性能的影响%Effect of concentration of ATH on mechanical properties of polypropylene/aluminium trihydrate (PP/ATH) composite

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    Atta ur Rehman SHAH; Dong-woo LEE; Yi-qi WANG; Abdul WASY; KC HAM; Krishnan JAYARAMAN; Byung-Sun KIM; Jung-Il SONG

    2014-01-01

    ATH被广泛添加到聚丙烯(PP)中用于制成阻燃复合材料。PP/ATH复合材料比纯PP材料更具防火性。材料中成分的比例最终取决于应用要求。已有文献对这种复合材料的阻燃性能的提高进行了研究,但对机械强度的影响还没有涉及。本文研究了ATH浓度对PP/ATH复合材料的影响,利用实验测试、ASTM分析公式和有限元方法研究了材料的拉伸、弯曲和断裂特性。研究结果表明:增加ATH对材料的机械强度有不利的影响。%Aluminium trihydrate (ATH) is being extensively added to polypropylene (PP) to make a fire retardant composite. Blends of PP/ATH composite are more fire resistant as compared to pure PP. Percentage proportion of both the constituents in the final composite depends upon the application. Improvement in the fire retardant properties of such composites have been studied and published in literature but effects on mechanical strength have not been addressed. The effect of concentration of ATH on the strength of PP/ATH composite was presented. The tensile, flexural and fracture properties were studied and discussed. Experimental tests, ASTM analytical formulae and finite element approach were used. It has been found that increase in ATH has an inverse effect on the mechanical strength.

  19. Thermal and morphological comparisons of blends of metallocene and ziegler-NATTA ultra low density polyethylene (ULDPE) with polypropylene (PP)

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    Woo, L.; Westphal, S.P.; Ling, M.T.K. [Baxter Healthcare Corp., Round Lake, IL (United States)

    1996-10-01

    Polypropylene without any modification is too brittle for any use at sub-ambient temperatures. Blends of polypropylene with various ULDPE resins were made to investigate how much the material toughness could be improved and what affect the modifier had on the structure of the composite. DSC analysis of these materials indicates that the crystallinity of these modifiers has been significantly retarded. It is proposed that there is an amorphous shell around the modifier particle because it exhibited a lower beat of fusion than expected.

  20. THE INFLUENCES OF MELT-COMPOUNDING PARAMETERS ON THE TENSILE PROPERTIES OF LOW FILLER LOADING OF UNTREATED-MWCNTs-POLYPROPYLENE (PP NANOCOMPOSITES

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    M.A.MOHD SALLEH

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available This study is to investigate the effects of addition self synthesised multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs, to the final properties of polypropylene (PP matrix nanocomposites. The influences of melt blending parameters were evaluated, where the interrelationship between the temperatures of compounding and roller rotor speed of shearing blade parameter, to the tensile properties of fabricated composites were studied. MWCNT was synthesised in the laboratory scale; by using the floating catalyst chemical vapour deposition (FC-CVD method. Pre-compounding work is begun with de-agglomeration of MWCNT which carried out by combining the ultrasonication and mechanical stirrer means simultaneously. Carbon nanotubes produced was first verified by using SEM and TEM imaging microscopy techniques. It was later integrated with the thermoplastic PP matrix, via melt blending process through internally mixing approach. Very low weight percentage of chemically untreated MWCNT (0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 & 1.00 wt. % was added into PP and later was compression moulded to the thin sheet of composites film. Composites were prepared by varying the compounding temperature into three processing temperature namely 165, 175 & 185°C and also into three shearing speed of roller rotor blade, 40, 60 & 80 rpm respectively. Later, it was mechanically tested via tensile testing following the ASTM D-638 standard method. The interrelationship between each parameter of compounding to the mechanical tensile properties was tested. It was shown that, the additional of very low loading of untreated-MWCNT filler content, does give moderate effects on reinforcement to the tensile properties of composite. Different compounding parameter gives significant difference to the pattern of plot which was comparable between each other.

  1. Extrusion foaming of polypropylene with supercritical carbon dioxide%PP/超临界CO2连续挤出发泡成型

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    王明义; 王中雅; 周南桥

    2012-01-01

    以超临界CO2为发泡剂,在连续挤出发泡过程中研究了超临界CO2用量对高熔体强度均聚聚丙烯(PP)发泡成型过程的影响.随着超临界CO2用量的增加,发泡挤出机口模压力降低,试样发泡倍率降低,泡孔尺寸变小,泡孔密度提高.在w(CO2)为3%,5%时,得到发泡倍率最高为13左右的PP发泡材料.w(CO2)为7%,发泡温度为123℃时,制备了孔径为10~30μm,泡孔密度为6.84×107个/cm3的PP微孔泡沫塑料.%A kind of high melt strength homopolypropylene foaming material was prepared with supercritical CO2 as blowing agent. The effect of supercritical C02 content on the foaming process was studied in a continuous extrusion foaming process. The die pressure of the foaming extruder, expansion ratio and cell size of the samples decreased while the cell population density increased with the augmentation of the supercritical CO2 content. Polypropylene (PP) foams with expansion ratio as high as 13 were obtained when the mass fraction of the supercritical C02 were 3% and 5%. Microcellular PP foams with cell size in the range of 10-30 |xm and cell population density of 6.84xl07 cells/cm3 were produced when setting the mass fraction of supercritical C02 at 7% and temperature at 123℃, respectively.

  2. Extrusion foaming of polypropylene with supercritical carbon dioxide%PP/超临界CO2连续挤出发泡成型

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    王明义; 王中雅; 周南桥

    2011-01-01

    A kind of high melt strength homopolypropylene foaming material was prepared with supercritical CO2 as blowing agent. The effect of supercritical CO2 content on the foaming process was studied in a continuous extrusion foaming process. The die pressure of the foaming extruder, expansion ratio and cell size of the samples decreased while the cell population density increased with the augmentation of the supercritical CO2 content. Polypropylene(PP) foams with expansion ratio as high as 13 were obtained when the mass fraction of the supercritical CO2 were 3% and 5%. Microcellular PP foams with cell size in the range of 10-30 μm and cell population density of 6.84×107 cells/cm3 were produced when setting the mass fraction of supercritical CO2 at 7% and temperature at 123 ℃, respectively.%以超临界CO2为发泡剂,在连续挤出发泡过程中研究了超临界CO2用量对高熔体强度均聚聚丙烯(PP)发泡成型过程的影响.随着超临界CO2用量的增加,发泡挤出机口模压力降低,试样发泡倍率降低,泡孔尺寸变小,泡孔密度提高.在w(CO2)为3%,5%时,得到发泡倍率最高为13左右的PP发泡材料.w(CO2)为7%,发泡温度为123℃时,制备了孔径为10~30μm,泡孔密度为6.84x107个/cm3 的PP微孔泡沫塑料.

  3. Determination of microplastic polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in environmental samples using thermal analysis (TGA-DSC).

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    Majewsky, Marius; Bitter, Hajo; Eiche, Elisabeth; Horn, Harald

    2016-10-15

    Microplastics are increasingly detected in the environment and the consequences on water resources and ecosystems are not clear to date. The present study provides a cost-effective and straightforward method to determine the mass concentrations of polymer types using thermal analysis. Characteristic endothermic phase transition temperatures were determined for seven plastic polymer types using TGA-DSC. Based on that, extracts from wastewater samples were analyzed. Results showed that among the studied polymers, only PE and PP could be clearly identified, while the phase transition signals of the other polymers largely overlap each other. Subsequently, calibration curves were run for PE and PP for qualitative measurements. 240 and 1540mg/m(3) of solid material (12µm to 1mm) was extracted from two wastewater effluent samples of a municipal WWTP of which 34% (81mg/m(3)) and 17% (257mg/m(3)) could be assigned to PE, while PP was not detected in any of the samples. The presented application of TGA-DSC provides a complementary or alternative method to FT-IR analyses for the determination of PE and PP in environmental samples.

  4. Effects of Lignophenols on Mechanical Performance of Biocomposites Based on Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB and Polypropylene (PP Reinforced with Pulp Fibers

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    Hao Ren

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The effects of lignophenols and pulp fibers as reinforcing elements in biocomposites were studied with poly-(3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB biopolymers and polystyrene (PS matrix materials. Lignophenols and (NH2(CH23Si(OC2H53 were compared as plasticizing or compatibilizing additives in tests of composite properties. PHB and PP were blended with pulp fiber cellulose and lignophenol by torque rheometer, and the test specimens were processed via injection moulding. Various testing methods, including tensile and impact tests, SEM, XRD, TGA, and ART-FTIR were used to investigate the properties of the composites. PHB and PP-cellulose fiber composites with strong mechanical properties could be created by using a torque rheometer as a mixer at 190 ºC with very short mixing times. The (NH2(CH23Si(OC2H53 was found to improve the mechanical features of the PP, but not very obviously for both tensile and impact strengths of PHB. However, the lignophenols positively affected the PHB-pulp fiber composites. In summary, a novel method has been demonstrated for creating biodegradable composites with pulp fibers in the absence of a coupling agent, and lignophenols may be applicable as an additive in the cases described in this study.

  5. Removal of phosphate using copper-loaded polymeric ligand exchanger prepared by radiation grafting of polypropylene/polyethylene (PP/PE) nonwoven fabric

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    Barsbay, Murat, E-mail: mbarsbay@hacettepe.edu.t [Hacettepe University, Department of Chemistry, 06800 Beytepe, Ankara (Turkey); Kavakli, Pinar Akkas, E-mail: pinar@hacettepe.edu.t [Hacettepe University, Department of Chemistry, 06800 Beytepe, Ankara (Turkey); Gueven, Olgun, E-mail: guven@hacettepe.edu.t [Hacettepe University, Department of Chemistry, 06800 Beytepe, Ankara (Turkey)

    2010-03-15

    A novel polymeric ligand exchanger (PLE) was prepared for the removal of phosphate ions from water. 2,2'-dipyridylamine (DPA), a bidentate ligand forming compound with high coordination capacity with a variety of metal ions was bound to glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) grafted polypropylene/polyethylene (PP/PE) nonwoven fabric synthesized by radiation-induced grafting technique. DPA attachment on epoxy ring of GMA units was tested in different solvents, i.e. methanol, ethanol, dioxane and dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). The highest amount of modification was achieved in dioxane. In order to prepare the corresponding PLE for the removal of phosphate, DPA-immobilized fabric was loaded with Cu(II) ions. Phosphate adsorption experiments were performed in batch mode at different pH (5-9) and phosphate concentrations. The fabric was found to be effective for the removal of phosphate ions. At every stage of preparation and use, the nonwoven fabric was characterized by thermal (i.e. DSC and TGA) and spectroscopic (FTIR) methods. Competitive adsorption experiments were also carried out using two solutions with different concentration levels at pH 7 to see the effect of competing ions. Phosphate adsorption was found to be effective and selective from solutions having trace amounts of competitive anions. It is expected that the novel PLE synthesized can be used for the removal of phosphate ions in low concentrations over a large range of pH.

  6. Modification of Nanocomposites by Melting Intercalation of Polypropylene in Montmorillonite

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    2002-01-01

    The polypropylene was modified by ultraviolet irradiation.The polypropylene-montmorillonite nanocomposites were prepared by direct melting intercalation of polypropylene powders.The structure of polypropylene,the polyproprlene irradiated, montmorillinote and polypropylene-montmorillonite composites were studied by XRD, IR and DSC. The results show that the PP molecules can are oxidized during ultraviolet irradiation,melt polypropylene can intercalate into montmorillonite layer.As a result,the layered distance (d001) of montmorillonite increases, and the melt absorption peak of polypropylene in layer is eliminated.

  7. Influence of non-thermal TiCl4/Ar+O2 plasma-assisted TiOx based coatings on the surface of polypropylene (PP) films for the tailoring of surface properties and cytocompatibility.

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    Pandiyaraj, K N; Kumar, A Arun; Ramkumar, M C; Sachdev, A; Gopinath, P; Cools, Pieter; De Geyter, N; Morent, R; Deshmukh, R R; Hegde, P; Han, C; Nadagouda, M N

    2016-05-01

    The superior bulk properties (corrosion resistance, high strength to weight ratio, relatively low cost and easy processing) of hydrocarbon based polymers such as polypropylene (PP) have contributed significantly to the development of new biomedical applications such as artificial organs and cell scaffolds. However, low cell affinity is one of the main draw backs for PP due to its poor surface properties. In tissue engineering, physico-chemical surface properties such as hydrophilicity, polar functional groups, surface charge and morphology play a crucial role to enrich the cell proliferation and adhesion. In this present investigation TiOx based biocompatible coatings were developed on the surface of PP films via DC excited glow discharge plasma, using TiCl4/Ar+O2 gas mixture as a precursor. Various TiOx-based coatings are deposited on the surface of PP films as a function of discharge power. The changes in hydrophilicity of the TiOx/PP film surfaces were studied using contact angle analysis and surface energy calculations by Fowke's approximation. X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to investigate the surface chemical composition of TiOx/PP films. The surface morphology of the obtained TiOx/PP films was investigated by scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy (SEM &TEM). Moreover, the surface topography of the material was analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The cytocompatibility of the TiOx/PP films was investigated via in vitro analysis (cell viability, adhesion and cytotoxicity) using NIH3T3 (mouse embryonic fibroblast) cells. Furthermore the antibacterial activities of TiOx/PP films were also evaluated against two distinct bacterial models namely Gram positive Staphylococcus aureus (S.aureus) and Gram negative Escherichia coli DH5α. (E.coli) bacteria. XPS results clearly indicate the successful incorporation of TiOx and oxygen containing polar functional groups on the surface of plasma treated PP films. Moreover the surface

  8. Fiber reinforced polypropylene nanocomposites

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    2007-01-01

    The aim of this thesis is to assess the feasibility of integrating nanoparticles into glass fiber (GF) reinforced isotactic polypropylene (iPP) composites via existing thermoplastic processing routes, and to investigate whether this results in significant improvements in the mechanical properties of the final composites. A longer term aim will be to extend the approach to the preparation of hybrid composites with added non-structural functionality. However, the nanoparticles that have provide...

  9. Fiber reinforced polypropylene nanocomposites

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    2008-01-01

    The aim of this thesis is to assess the feasibility of integrating nanoparticles into glass fiber (GF) reinforced isotactic polypropylene (iPP) composites via existing thermoplastic processing routes, and to investigate whether this results in significant improvements in the mechanical properties of the final composites. A longer term aim will be to extend the approach to the preparation of hybrid composites with added non-structural functionality. However, the nanoparticles that have provide...

  10. Forming solid electrolyte interphase in situ in an ionic conducting Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO4)3-polypropylene (PP) based separator for Li-ion batteries

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    吴娇杨; 凌仕刚; 杨琪; 李泓; 许晓雄; 陈立泉

    2016-01-01

    A new concept of forming solid electrolyte interphases (SEI) in situ in an ionic conducting Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO4)3-polypropylene (LAGP-PP) based separator during charging and discharging is proposed and demonstrated. This unique structure shows a high ionic conductivity, low interface resistance with electrode, and can suppress the growth of lithium dendrite. The features of forming the SEI in situ are investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results confirm that SEI films mainly consist of lithium fluoride and carbonates with various alkyl contents. The cell assembled by using the LAGP-coated separator demonstrates a good cycling performance even at high charging rates, and the lithium dendrites were not observed on the lithium metal electrode. Therefore, the SEI-LAGP-PP separator can be used as a promising flexible solid electrolyte for solid state lithium batteries.

  11. Influence of non-thermal TiCl{sub 4}/Ar + O{sub 2} plasma-assisted TiOx based coatings on the surface of polypropylene (PP) films for the tailoring of surface properties and cytocompatibility

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    Pandiyaraj, K.N., E-mail: dr.knpr@gmail.com [Surface Engineering Laboratory, Department of Physics, Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, L& T by pass, Chinniyam Palayam (post), Coimbatore 641062 (India); Kumar, A. Arun; Ramkumar, M.C. [Surface Engineering Laboratory, Department of Physics, Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, L& T by pass, Chinniyam Palayam (post), Coimbatore 641062 (India); Sachdev, A.; Gopinath, P. [Nanobiotechnology Laboratory, Centre for Nanotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667 (India); Cools, Pieter; De Geyter, N.; Morent, R. [Research Unit Plasma Technology (RUPT), Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent University, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Gent (Belgium); Deshmukh, R.R. [Department of Physics, Institute of Chemical Technology, Matunga, Mumbai 400 019 (India); Hegde, P. [William Mason High School, Mason 45040 (United States); Han, C. [Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0012 (United States); Nadagouda, M.N. [Center for Nanoscale Multifunctional Materials, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435 (United States)

    2016-05-01

    The superior bulk properties (corrosion resistance, high strength to weight ratio, relatively low cost and easy processing) of hydrocarbon based polymers such as polypropylene (PP) have contributed significantly to the development of new biomedical applications such as artificial organs and cell scaffolds. However, low cell affinity is one of the main draw backs for PP due to its poor surface properties. In tissue engineering, physico-chemical surface properties such as hydrophilicity, polar functional groups, surface charge and morphology play a crucial role to enrich the cell proliferation and adhesion. In this present investigation TiOx based biocompatible coatings were developed on the surface of PP films via DC excited glow discharge plasma, using TiCl{sub 4}/Ar + O{sub 2} gas mixture as a precursor. Various TiOx-based coatings are deposited on the surface of PP films as a function of discharge power. The changes in hydrophilicity of the TiO{sub x}/PP film surfaces were studied using contact angle analysis and surface energy calculations by Fowke's approximation. X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to investigate the surface chemical composition of TiOx/PP films. The surface morphology of the obtained TiO{sub x}/PP films was investigated by scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy (SEM &TEM). Moreover, the surface topography of the material was analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The cytocompatibility of the TiO{sub x}/PP films was investigated via in vitro analysis (cell viability, adhesion and cytotoxicity) using NIH3T3 (mouse embryonic fibroblast) cells. Furthermore the antibacterial activities of TiO{sub x}/PP films were also evaluated against two distinct bacterial models namely Gram positive Staphylococcus aureus (S.aureus) and Gram negative Escherichia coli DH5α. (E.coli) bacteria. XPS results clearly indicate the successful incorporation of TiO{sub x} and oxygen containing polar functional groups on the surface

  12. The Steady Rheological Behaviour of Polypropylene/Recycled Poly(Ethylene Terephthalate) Blends%PP/回收PET共混物的稳态流变行为

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    陶友季; 章自寿; 麦堪成

    2010-01-01

    采用双螺杆挤出机制备了聚丙烯(PP)/回收聚酯(PET),回收PET/相容剂和不同相容剂增容PP/回收PET共混物,研究了以上共混物的剪切黏度、剪切应力与剪切速率的关系.结果表明,PP剪切黏度随回收PET含量增加而降低,剪切速率越高,剪切黏度降低越明显,具有典型的剪切变稀特性.加入PP-g-MA能提高PP/回收PET共混物剪切黏度,但加入PP-g-GMA会降低PP/回收PET共混物剪切黏度.PP/回收PET共混物剪切应力随r-PET含量增加而降低.PP-g-MA使回收PET/PP共混物剪切应力增大,但PP-g-GMA使共混物剪切应力降低.

  13. Plant growth responses to polypropylene--biocontainers

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    The influence of bio-fillers incorporated into polypropylene (PP) on the growth of plants was evaluated. Biocontainers were created by injection molding of PP with 25-40% by weight of Osage orange tree, Paulownia tree, coffee tree wood or dried distillers grain and 5% by weight of maleated polypropy...

  14. Fixation of Light Weight Polypropylene Mesh with n-Butyl-2-cyanocrylate in Pelvic Floor Surgery: Experimental Design Approach in Sheep for Effectiveness Evaluation

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    Sandra Barbosa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. The aim of this study was to find a proper experimental design and to evaluate n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate (Histoacryl as a fixation method for a light-weight and large pore PP mesh (Synthetic PP Mesh-1 using the sheep as an animal model. Methods. Posterior vaginal implantation by means of episiotomy was used to implant 8 ewes which were evaluated macroscopically and histologically at 3 months (n=4 and 6 months (n=4 post-surgery. In previous pilot studies anterior vaginal implantation was evaluated, as well as different synthetic mesh materials, sizes and fixation methods (n=1 to 3 during three weeks. In all cases a clinical evaluation of the animal was performed. Results. A reduction in the mesh size (Synthetic PP Mesh-1 together with precise application of the surgical glue Histoacryl to fix the mesh yielded significantly better histocompatibility results (P<0.01 compared to larger size or other fixation methods. Conclusion. The combination of Synthetic PP Mesh-1 with Histoacryl offered a high degree of graft integration without vaginal ulceration and a minimal foreign body reaction, being the sheep a proper animal model to test these types of medical devices.

  15. Conifer fibers as reinforcing materials for polypropylene-based composites

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    Plackett, David; Chengzhi, Chuai; Almdal, Kristoffer

    2001-01-01

    Conifer fibers were used to reinforce polypropylene (PP). To improve the compatibility between the conifer fibers and the PP matrix, the fibers were either grafted with maleated PP (MAPP), treated by adding MAPP, or mixed with ethylene/propylene/diene terpolymer (EPDM). The treatments resulted in...

  16. Long chain branching on linear polypropylene by solid state reactions

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    Borsig, E.; Gotsis, A. D.; Picchioni, F.

    2008-01-01

    A method was developed for the long chain branching (LCB) of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) via modification in the solid state. PP long chains have been linked as branches to the original linear iPP chains using solid state reactions in the presence of a free radical initiator and a multifunctional

  17. The toughening mechanism of rubber particles in polypropylene composite

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    Shi, L.; Xiao, J. M.

    2017-01-01

    Filling polypropylene materials with rubber particles can effectively increase the toughness of PP material and improve its cushioning properties. In this paper, we used the two kinds of method of the finite element analysis and experiment to study the rubber particles toughening mechanism, got the deformation process of particles when polypropylene material compressed and the yield stress of polypropylene after compression with particles filled or not.

  18. Determination of Partition Coefficients of Selected Model Migrants between Polyethylene and Polypropylene and Nanocomposite Polypropylene

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    Pablo Otero-Pazos

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Studies on nanoparticles have focused the attention of the researchers because they can produce nanocomposites that exhibit unexpected hybrid properties. Polymeric materials are commonly used in food packaging, but from the standpoint of food safety, one of the main concerns on the use of these materials is the potential migration of low molecular substances from the packaging into the food. The key parameters of this phenomenon are the diffusion and partition coefficients. Studies on migration from food packaging with nanomaterials are very scarce. This study is focused on the determination of partition coefficients of different model migrants between the low-density polyethylene (LDPE and polypropylene (PP and between LDPE and nanocomposite polypropylene (naPP. The results show that the incorporation of nanoparticles in polypropylene increases the mass transport of model migrants from LDPE to naPP. This quantity of migrants absorbed into PP and naPP depends partially on the nature of the polymer and slightly on the chemical features of the migrant. Relation (RPP/naPP between partition coefficient KLDPE/PP and partition coefficient KLDPE/naPP at 60°C and 80°C shows that only BHT at 60°C has a RPP/naPP less than 1. On the other hand, bisphenol A has the highest RPP/naPP with approximately 50 times more.

  19. THE FTIR STUDIES OF PHOTO-OXIDATIVE DEGRADATION OF POLYPROPYLENE

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    WEN Zaiqing; HU Xingzhou; SHEN Deyan

    1988-01-01

    The photo-oxidative degradation process of polypropylene film containing iron ions was investigated via FTIR and absorbance substraction technique. It is shown that the iron ions play an important role in the decomposition of hydroperoxide and the increase of the degradation rate of polypropylene film. Theamorphous region of PP film undergoes degradation prior to the crystalline one.

  20. Morphology and crystalline-phase-dependent electrical insulating properties in tailored polypropylene for HVDC cables

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    Zha, Jun-Wei; Yan, Hong-Da; Li, Wei-Kang; Dang, Zhi-Min

    2016-11-01

    Polypropylene (PP) has become one promising material to potentially replace the cross-link polyethylene used for high voltage direct current cables. Besides the isotactic polypropylene, the block polypropylene (b-PP) and random polypropylene (r-PP) can be synthesized through the copolymerization of ethylene and propylene molecules. In this letter, the effect of morphology and crystalline phases on the insulating electrical properties of PP was investigated. It was found that the introduction of polyethylene monomer resulted in the formation of β and γ phases in b-PP and r-PP. The results from the characteristic trap energy levels indicated that the β and γ phases could induce deep electron traps which enable to capture the carriers. And the space charge accumulation was obviously suppressed. Besides, the decreased electrical conductivity was observed in b-PP and r-PP. It is attributed to the existence of deep traps which can effectively reduce the carrier mobility and density in materials.

  1. an experimental study on the use of polypropylene waste in ...

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    temperature to prevent creep, rutting which are time and temperature ... polymer backbone while syndiotactic polypropylene. (sPP) has the .... 2.5% HDPP content led to changes in physical and rheological ... elasticity and retained penetration.

  2. Comportamento do polipropileno em presença de monômeros trifuncionais no estado fundido e sua influência na morfologia The behavior in the melt state of polypropylene (PP in the presence of trifunctional monomers and their influence in PP morphology

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    Harumi Otaguro

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available O aumento de ramificações e da massa molecular em polímeros essencialmente lineares influencia as propriedades no estado fundido desses polímeros. Este comportamento foi observado pela análise dos dados de resistência do fundido, extensibilidade e do conteúdo de gel em amostras de Polipropileno linear (iPP modificado. A modificação foi obtida utilizando agentes modificadores (monômeros multifuncionais e radiação gama. Os agentes modificadores empregados foram o Tri-metilol-propano-tri-acrilato (TMPTA e o Tri-alil-cianurato (TAC. O TMPTA demonstrou ser um agente mais eficiente para a promoção do iPP modificado (reticulado/ramificado, uma vez que o produto final apresentou um valor maior da resistência do fundido do que o material com TAC. No entanto, ambos modificam a morfologia original do iPP constatada pelo deslocamento do pico de fusão para temperaturas menores, pelo aumento da temperatura de cristalização (Tc e pela presença de múltiplas endotermas.It well known that in essentially linear polymers the properties of the melt polymers change with increasing molecular weights and degrees of branching. This behavior was observed from data analysis of the strength of the melt polymer, drawability and gel content. In this work isotactic polypropylene (iPP in the presence of multifunctional monomers was irradiated with gamma radiation. The monomers used were Trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA and Triallylcyanurate (TAC. iPP with TMPTA showed the highest strength in the melt and gel content, followed by TAC. It was demonstrated that TMPTA is a powerful agent to crosslinking and branching iPP. Both monomers modified the original morphology of the iPP, the melting peak shifts toward lower temperature and crystallization temperature increased during cooling after the first run. Double melting peaks were observed in the DSC thermograms, which were caused by a double lamellar thickness.

  3. RHEOLOGICAL BEHAVIOR OF KAOLIN TOUGHENED POLYPROPYLENE COMPOSITES

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    OU Yuchun; FANG Xiaoping; FENG Yupeng

    1997-01-01

    The relation between the rheological behavior and various interfacial properties of Kaolin rigid particle toughened polypropylene(PP/Kaolin) composites were studied by means of parallel-plate rheometer, melt flow rate apparatus, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and other testing methods. The results show that addition of interfacial modifier to PP/Kaolin composites is advantageous to homogeneous dispersion of filler in PP matrix,formation of flexible interlayer between Kaolin particles and PP matrix and improvement of the melt processibility of the composites.

  4. Effect of particle size, coupling agent and DDGS additions on Paulownia wood polypropylene composites

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    The mechanical, flexural, thermal, and physical characteristics of wood plastic composites employing Paulownia wood (PP) flour derived from 36-mo-old trees blended with polypropylene (PP) were analyzed. Composites of 25% and 40% w/w of PW and 0-10% by weight of maleated polypropylene (MAPP) were pr...

  5. Mechanical Properties of Isotactic Polypropylene Modified with Thermoplastic Potato Starch

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    Knitter, M.; Dobrzyńska-Mizera, M.

    2015-05-01

    In this paper selected mechanical properties of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) modified with potato starch have been presented. Thermoplastic starch (TPS) used as a modifier in the study was produced from potato starch modified with glycerol. Isotactic polypropylene/thermoplastic potato starch composites (iPP/TPS) that contained 10, 30, 50 wt.% of modified starch were examined using dynamic mechanical-thermal analysis, static tensile, Brinell hardness, and Charpy impact test. The studies indicated a distinct influence of a filler content on the mechanical properties of composites in comparison with non-modified polypropylene.

  6. Resistance of different materials used in sewers systems:Polyvinyl chloride (PVC, polypropylene (PP and High density polyethylene (HDPE, to sulfuric acid and sodium sulfate attack.

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The behaviour of PVC, PP and HDPE used in sewer systems exposed to acid and sulfate solutions was investigated at 25°C and 40°C. Gravimetric characterization proves that PVC has a fickian behavior. It shows also, that PP has a non-fickian behavior, characterized by a rapid acceleration of water absorption, and the HDPE has a fickian behavior at 25°C, while it has a non-fickian behavior at 40°C, characterized by a weight loss after a certain aging period. The prolongation of the time of exposure to sulfuric acid solution leads to a progressive increase in tensile strength followed by a slight decrease at 40°C. The unaged samples of all materials have a much lower tensile strength than those of the aged samples, and a drop in elongation at break could be observed. These results can be explained by the increase of crystallinity, followed by the increase of crosslinking density due to the diffusion of the solvent and the effect of the temperature as the exposure time increases. These results prove that there is a correlation between the diffusion of the solvent as well as the increased exposure time and temperature on the mechanical properties of polymer.

  7. HDPE-g-MAH改性氢氧化铝阻燃PP%Investigation on blend of polypropylene and aluminium trihydroxide modified with maleic anhydride grafting polyethylene

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    段玉丰; 付朝霞; 马劲松

    2007-01-01

    在液相中用马来酸酐接枝高密度聚乙烯(HDPE-g-MAH)表面改性Al(OH)3以改善其在高分子基相中的分散性.形态观察表明,用适量HDPE-g-MAH处理Al(OH)3可改善Al(OH)3,在聚丙烯(PP)中的分散性,从而提高体系的力学性能;HDPE-g-MAH用量过多造成的Al(OH),粒子间桥联,该现象经熔融混合后依然存在,导致力学性能降低.偏光显微镜观察显示,适量HDPE-g-MAH处理Al(OH)3可改善PP的结晶形态.

  8. Research on Flowability of Polypropylene/Hollow Glass Bead Composites%PP/HGB复合材料流动性能的研究

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    梁基照; 钟明强

    2005-01-01

    应用熔体流动速率测定仪,于190℃~230℃下考察了中空玻璃微珠填充聚丙烯(PP/HGB)复合材料的流动性能.结果表明:熔体的剪切流动基本上服从幂定律;剪切粘度(ηa)对温度的依赖性符合Arrhenius关系;在较低HGB体积分数下,复合体系的流动性优于纯PP树脂;在一定温度下,ηa随着γa的增加而下降;当f一定时,复合体系的ηa随着HGB直径的减小而上升.

  9. Polypropylene/ethylene-propylene rubber (PP/EPR blends for the automotive industry: Basic correlations between EPR-design and shrinkage

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    G. D. Potter

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The influence of the phase morphology on the shrinkage of injection molded plates from reactor based PP/EPR blends was investigated using a model series. The morphology of the dispersed phase – in terms of size and shape of the rubber particles as determined from scanning electron microscopy (SEM – was found to correlate fairly well with the shrinkage determined in the flow and transverse direction of injection molded plates. In this respect it turned out to be elementary to consider the anisotropy of the particles rather than their average size alone. Additionally, the effect of the EPR design on the coefficient of linear thermal expansion (CLTE was evaluated and brought into a relationship with the blend morphology.

  10. Woodflour as Reinforcement of Polypropylene

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    José Cláudio Caraschi

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available The effect of the filler content and size, as well as accelerated aging on the mechanical properties of polypropylene composites reinforced with woodflour (WF/PP were evaluated. The composites were prepared by the extrusion of polypropylene with woodflour (Pinus elliotti based on following ratios: 15, 25 and 40 wt% with two different granulometries. The specimens were injection molded according to ASTM standards. The composite properties did not show significant differences as a function of the filler granulometry. We also observed that by increasing the filler content, both the mechanical properties and the melt flow index (MFI decreased, and the elasticity modulus, hardness and density increased. Concerning the accelerated aging, the composite presented a reduction in tensile properties. The results showed that the composite properties are extremely favorable when compared to other commercial systems reinforced by inorganic fillers.

  11. THERMAL properties and morphology of Polypropylene/Polycarbonate/Polypropylene-Graft-Maleic anhydride blends

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    Mat-Shayuti M. S.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This work investigates the effect of blending polycarbonate (PC into polypropylene (PP matrix polymer on thermal properties and morphology. The blends, containing 5% to 35% of polycarbonate and 5% compatibilizer, were compounded using twin-screw extruder and fabricated into standard tests samples using injection or compression molding. The compatibilizer used was polypropylene-graft-maleic anhydride (PP-g-MA. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA showed improved thermal degradation temperature of PP/PC/PP-g-MA blends compared to pure PP. As PC content increased, the thermal degradation temperature also improved. The highest improvement of thermal degradation temperature was 23.3%, demonstrated by 60/35/5 composition. It was found that the thermal stability of PP/PC blends was improved with the addition of PP-g-MA. PP-g-MA was suspected to enhance the phase adhesion between PP and PC, thus improving thermal stability. Microscopy analysis showed PC reinforcement phase existed as particulates dispersed in PP matrix phase. PC also was in irregular shapes of fibers or flakes in certain compositions, depending on PC fraction and compatibilizer content.

  12. Preparation and Property of Anti-static Electricity and Thermal Conductive Polypropylene/Aluminum Powder Composite%抗静电导热PP/Al复合材料的制备与性能

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    王锴; 马海红; 孙海燕; 徐卫兵

    2012-01-01

    High content aluminum particles filled polypropylenes were prepared with melt mixing. The effects of coupling agent and aluminum content on thermal conductivity, electrical resistivity and mechanical properties of them were investigated. The results indicated that the thermal conductivity of the composite with the volume fraction of 70 % aluminum reached 3.524 W o m‐1'K‐1, which was 14. 6 times of that of the composite without aluminum. With the increasing of aluminum content,the thermal conductivity of the composite increased,but electrical resistivity and mechanical properties decreased. The PP/POE/POE-g-MAH composite ( 10/1/0. 6, mass ratios) containing 40 % Al processed , the thermal conductivity of compsite reached 1.385 W o m‐1 K‐1 . Moreover,the material remained preferable mechanical properties and the material was changed from insulation material to antistatic material.%采用熔融共混的方式制备铝高填充聚丙烯,讨论铝粉用量、偶联剂种类对复合材料的导热率、电阻率和力学性能的影响.结果表明:当铝粉体积质量分数为70%时,复合材料的导热率达到3.524 W·m-1K-1,是未添加铝粉PP的14.6倍.随铝粉用量的增加,导热率增加,而电阻率和力学性能均下降.以POE-g-MAH为偶联剂,在PP/POE/POE-g-MAH质量比为10/1/0.6,铝粉的质量分数为40%时,导热系数为1.385 W·m-1K-1,并且使复合材料从绝缘材料变为抗静电材料,复合材料的综合性能较好.

  13. 桉木单板/聚丙烯膜复合材料的制备工艺及力学性能%Pressing Crafts and Mechanical Properties of Eucalyptus Veneer/Polypropylene(PP) Film Composites

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    李雪菲; 任从容; 韦文榜; 张双保

    2015-01-01

    For effectively and rationally utilizing the fast-growing eucalyptus wood and solving the formaldehyde pollution prob-lem, we used eucalyptus veneer and polypropylene (PP) film to make wood-plastic composites materials by hot-cold press-ing crafts.We analyzed the impacts of hot pressing process parameters of pressing temperature, pressing pressure, pressing time and the amount of plastics on the bonding strength of this composites materials systematically, and ascertained the best conditions of the pressing temperature of 180℃, the pressing pressure of 0.9 MPa, the pressing time of 420 s and PP films of 150 g/m2 .Under those condition, we tested the bonding strength of thermoplastic resin plywood again, and the physical and mechanical properties of the new type wood-plastic composites reached GB/T 9846.3-2004 standard plywood I without formaldehyde released.%为有效、合理地利用人工林速生材桉木,用塑料替代甲醛类胶黏剂,解决污染问题,以桉木单板和聚丙烯膜为原材料制备木塑复合材料,采用热—冷压制备工艺,分析了热压温度、压力及时间与塑料添加量对复合材料力学性能的影响,并确定了制备此类材料的最优工艺:热压温度180℃、热压压力0.9 MPa、热压时间420 s、塑料添加量150 g/m2;用该工艺制备的材料,物理力学性能达到或优于GB/T 9846.3—2004 I类胶合板标准。结果表明:用桉木单板和聚丙烯膜制备木塑复合材料是可行的,无游离甲醛释放。

  14. Improvement in compatibility and mechanical properties of modified wood fiber/polypropylene composites

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    2008-01-01

    To improve the interfacial compatibility between wood fibers and polypropylene and the toughness of wood-fiber/polypropylene composites,maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (PP-g-MAH) and maleic anhydride grafted styrene-ethylene-butadiene-styrene copolymers (SEBS-g-MAH) were used as modifiers.Mechanical properties of wood-fiber/polypropylene (WF/PP) composites were improved when PP-g-MAH or SEBS-g-MAH was added.When either of these copolymers was added,the composites had better interfacial compatibility than the unmodified composite.This was verified by scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA).The mechanical properties of the composites were significantly improved because of the good interfacial bonding between wood fibers and polypropylene when PP-g-MAH and SEBS-g-MAH were added.

  15. Influence of Morphology on Electrical Properties of Syndiotactic Polypropylene Compared with Those of Isotactic Polypropylene

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    Kim, Dong; Yoshino, Katsumi; Inoue, Takeo; Abe, Masaru; Uchikawa, Nobutaka

    1999-06-01

    The influence of morphology on the electrical properties of syndiotactic polypropylene (sPP) has been investigated in comparison with those of conventional isotactic polypropylene (iPP). The evolution of spherulite in sPP occurred at a lower temperature than in iPP, and the size of spherulites in sPP is much smaller than those of iPP, though the number of spherulites increases drastically. The influence of heat treatment on the electrical properties of sPP, such as conductivity and current density-electric field characteristics, is negligible in contrast to iPP, in which the conductivity increased drastically and breakdown strength decreased markedly due to growth of large spherulites upon heat treatment. These results are discussed in terms of morphological change upon heat treatment. As a result, sPP is confirmed to be an excellent candidate for a new insulating polymer for cables which can be used at a much higher operating temperature than that of widely used cables with cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) (90°C), because of its thermal stability, stable electrical properties even following heating treatment and mechanical flexibility due to the small spherulite size and low crystallinity under any preparation and treatment conditions.

  16. Effects of gamma irradiation on polypropylene, polypropylene + high density polyethylene and polypropylene + high density polyethylene + wood flour

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    Reyes, J.; Albano, C.; Davidson, E.; Poleo, R. [Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas (Venezuela). Escuela de Quimica; Gonzalez, J.; Ichazo, M. [Universidad Simon Bolivar, Dept. de Mecanica, Caracas (Venezuela); Chipara, M. [Research Institute for Electrotechnics, Bucharest (Romania)

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    The effect of the gamma-irradiation on the mechanical properties of the composites, Polypropylene (PP), PP+high density Polyethylene (HDPE), PP+ HDPE+wood flour, where HDPE is virgin and recycled, was studied. This paper discusses the behavior of the composites after exposure to various doses of gamma irradiation (1-7 MRads) in the presence of oxygen. The dependence of mechanical properties on the integral dose for a constant dose rate of 0.48 MRads/h confirms the influence of the irradiation. Strong effects on the elongation at break and break strength is noticed. The mathematical analysis suggests for the PP+r-HDPE a bimolecular process of the elongation at break. On the order hand, for the PP+HDPE a complex process is represented for a three exponential equation. (orig.)

  17. Stabilization of polypropylene, polypropylene blends with poly (styrene-b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-styrene) under irradiation: A comparative investigation

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    Luan Shifang; Yang Huawei; Shi Hengchong; Zhao Jie [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Wang Jianwei [Shandong Weigao Group Medical Polymer Company Limited, Weihai 264209 (China); Yin Jinghua, E-mail: yinjh@ciac.jl.c [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2011-01-15

    The aim of this paper is to investigate the stabilization of polypropylene in the poly (styrene-b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-styrene) (SEBS)/polypropylene (PP) blends under irradiation with respect to PP. The PP films, SEBS/PP films were subjected to electron beam irradiation and characterized by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA). It demonstrated that upon irradiation, the molecular weight of PP had a pronounced decrease due to the major chain scission, and the minor chain cross-linking or chain branching occurred at the higher irradiation dose. Stabilization of PP was improved in the presence of SEBS, exhibiting an enhanced irradiation resistance.

  18. Evaluation of Properties of Unidirectional Hemp/Polypropylene Composites: Influence of Fiber Content and Fiber/Matrix Interface Variables

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    Plackett, David; Løgstrup Andersen, Tom; Lilholt, Hans

    2002-01-01

    Flament-wound textile hemp yarn was used in combination with unmodified or maleated polypropylene (PP) films to produce plates of unidirectional composites.......Flament-wound textile hemp yarn was used in combination with unmodified or maleated polypropylene (PP) films to produce plates of unidirectional composites....

  19. Flexural creep behaviour of jute polypropylene composites

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    Chandekar, Harichandra; Chaudhari, Vikas

    2016-09-01

    Present study is about the flexural creep behaviour of jute fabric reinforced polypropylene (Jute-PP) composites. The PP sheet and alkali treated jute fabric is stacked alternately and hot pressed in compression molding machine to get Jute-PP composite laminate. The flexural creep study is carried out on dynamic mechanical analyzer. The creep behaviour of the composite is modeled using four-parameter Burgers model. Short-term accelerated creep testing is conducted which is later used to predict long term creep behaviour. The feasibility of the construction of a master curve using the time-temperature superposition (TTS) principle to predict long term creep behavior of unreinforced PP and Jute-PP composite is investigated.

  20. Calcium carbonate interaction analysis in polypropylene compounds and their impact on the formation of beta crystalline phase of this polymer; Analise da interacao de diferentes tipos de carbonato de calcio em compositos de polipropileno e suas consequencias na formacao da fase cristalina beta do PP

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    The insertion of calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) in polypropylene compound is a thoroughly known technique widely studied in the academic area and in the industry. Its wide application is due, mainly, to increase mechanical properties with low manufacturing cost. These improvements in this polymer make it more versatile and competitive compared to other expensive polymers. In this study, the incorporation of four types of CaCO3 from the same manufacturer were compared and the focus was on the size of this mineral filler. Furthermore, it was analyzed the interaction of graphitized polypropylene with maleic anhydride (PP-g-MA) in the same samples. All these samples were analyzed by WAXS and SEM. The physical properties of tensile strength and impact were also analyzed. It was observed from this study that the smallest CaCO3 produced with PP-g-MA resulted in better physical properties with the formation of a crystalline phase beta, as originally studied by other authors using other raw materials. (author)

  1. Radiation compatibilization of polyamide-6/polypropylene blends, enhanced by the presence of compatibilizing agent

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    Adem, E. [Instituto de Fisica UNAM, A. Postal 20-364, Mexico DF, 01000 (Mexico)]. E-mail: esbaide@fisica.unam.mx; Burillo, G. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares UNAM, Mexico, DF, 01000 (Mexico); Avalos-Borja, M. [Centro de Ciencias de la Materia Condensada, UNAM. A. Postal 2681, Ensenada, BC, 22800 (Mexico); Carreon, Ma.P. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares UNAM, Mexico, DF, 01000 (Mexico)

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    Radiation compatibilization of polyamide-6 (PA6)/polypropylene (PP) blends was obtained by pre-irradiation of PP by gamma or electron beam irradiation, and enhanced in blends with PP-g-MA (maleic anhydride). Thermal behavior and morphological development were determined by DSC, X-ray and SEM. Compatibilization was confirmed by xylene extraction and Molau test.

  2. Properties and Semicrystalline Structure Evolution of Polypropylene/Montmorillonite Nanocomposites under Mechanical Load

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    Stribeck, Norbert; Zeinolebadi, Ahmad; Ganjaee Sari, Morteza;

    2012-01-01

    Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) monitors tensile and load-cycling tests of metallocene isotactic polypropylene (PP), a blend of PP and montmorillonite (MMT), and two block copolymer compatibilized PP/MMT nanocomposites. Mechanical properties of the materials are similar, but the semicrystalline...

  3. Modification and Applications of Hydrophilic Polypropylene Membrane

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    Ariono, Danu; Kusuma Wardani, Anita

    2017-07-01

    Polypropylene (PP) is one of the most important polymers for microporous membrane due to its high void volume, well-controlled porosity, high thermal and chemical stability, and low cost. However, the hydrophobicity of PP becomes a limitation to broaden its applications. Furthermore, membrane fouling occurs more seriously on hydrophobic membranes than hydrophilic ones. To solve this problem, surface modifications have been developed to enhance PP membrane hydrophilicity without changing its bulk properties. Graft polymerization and plasma treatment are the most popular techniques for surface hydrophilization. Some studies showed that highly hydrophilic PP membranes with water contact angle less than 20° could be obtained by plasma treatment and graft polymerization. Furthermore, during plasma treatment, polar groups were formed on the PP membrane surface thus increased water uptake. To bring brief explanation on various research trends for PP modification, this paper provides a review of surface hydrophilization of microporous PP membrane, including plasma treatment and graft polymerization. The effects of surface modification on PP membrane performance such as porosity, water contact angle, and water flux are also discussed. In addition, the applications of modified PP membrane are presented as well.

  4. Ultra Water Repellent Polypropylene Surfaces with Tunable Water Adhesion.

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    Zhu, Tang; Cai, Chao; Guo, Jing; Wang, Rong; Zhao, Ning; Xu, Jian

    2017-03-22

    Polypropylene (PP), including isotactic PP (i-PP) and atactic PP (a-PP) with distinct tacticity, is one of the most widely used general plastics. Herein, ultra water repellent PP coatings with tunable adhesion to water were prepared via a simple casting method. The pure i-PP coating shows a hierarchical morphology with micro/nanobinary structures, exhibiting a water contact angle (CA) larger than 150° and a sliding angle less than 5° (for 5 μL water droplet). In contrast, the pure a-PP coating has a less rough morphology with a water contact angle of about 130°, and the water droplets stick on the coating at any tilted angles. For the composite i-PP/a-PP coatings, however, ultra water repellency with CA > 150° but water adhesion tailorable from slippery to sticky can be realized, depending on the contents of a-PP and i-PP. The different wetting behaviors are due to the various microstructures of the composite coatings resulting from the distinct crystallization ability of a-PP and i-PP. Furthermore, the existence of a-PP in the composite coatings enhances the mechanical properties compared to the i-PP coating. The proposed method is feasible to modify various substrates and potential applications in no-loss liquid transportation, slippery surfaces, and patterned superhydrophobic surfaces are demonstrated.

  5. Production of high melt strength polypropylene by gamma irradiation

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    Lugão, A. B.; Artel, B. W. H.; Yoshiga, A.; Lima, L. F. C. P.; Parra, D. F.; Bueno, J. R.; Liberman, S.; Farrah, M.; Terçariol, W. R.; Otaguro, H.

    2007-11-01

    High melt strength polypropylene (HMS-PP) has been recently developed and introduced in the market by the major international producers of polypropylene. Therefore, BRASKEM, the leading Brazilian PP producer, together with EMBRARAD, the leading Brazilian gamma irradiator, and the IPEN (Institute of Nuclear Energy and Research) worked to develop a national technology for the production of HMS-PP. One of the effective approaches to improve melt strength and extensibility is to add chain branches onto polypropylene backbone using gamma radiation. Branching and grafting result from the radical combinations during irradiation process. Crosslinking and main chain scission in the polymer structure are also obtained during this process. In this work, gamma irradiation technique was used to induce chemical changes in commercial polypropylene with two different monomers, Tri-allyl-isocyanurate (TAIC) and Tri-methylolpropane-trimethacrylate (TMPTMA), with concentration ranging from 1.5 to 5.0 mmol/100 g of polypropylene. These samples were irradiated with a 60Co source at dose of 20 kGy. It used two different methods of HMS-PP processing. The crosslinking of modified polymers was studied by measuring gel content melt flow rate and rheological properties like melt strength and drawability. It was observed that the reaction method and the monomer type have influenced the properties. However, the concentration variation of monomer has no effect.

  6. Development of novel melt-compounded starch-grafted polypropylene/polypropylene-grafted maleic anhydride/organoclay ternary hybrids

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    E. Lafranche

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Starch-grafted polypropylene (PP-g-starch/organoclay nanocomposites were melt-compounded using a corotating twin-screw extruder. Homopolymer or copolymer-based polypropylene-grafted maleic anhydrides (PP-g-MA with different molecular weights and different maleic anhydride (MA grafting levels were added at different weight contents as compatibilizer. Two organo-modified montmorillonites were used, the first one containing polar functional groups (Cloisite®30B having affinity to the starch phase, and the other one containing non polar-groups (Cloisite®20A having affinity to the polypropylene phase of the polymer matrix. Whatever the MA grafting level and the molecular weight and content of PP-g-MA, no significant immiscibility of PP-g-starch/PP-g-MA blends is evidenced. Regarding clay dispersion, adding a low content of ethylene-propylene copolymer-based PP-g-MA compatibilizer having a high MA-grafting level, and a polar organoclay (Cloisite®30B is the most desirable formulation to optimize clay intercalation and exfoliation in PP-g-starch. Nevertheless, regarding the reinforcement effect, whatever the PP-g-MA compatibilizer, the addition of non polar organoclay (Cloisite®20A is preferably recommended to reach higher tensile properties (modulus, yield stress, strength without significant loss of ductility.

  7. Improving amphiphilic polypropylenes by grafting poly(vinylpyrrolidone) and poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate segments on a polypropylene microporous membrane

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    Chen, Huirong; Ma, Wenzhong; Xia, Yanping; Gu, Yi; Cao, Zheng; Liu, Chunlin; Yang, Haicun; Tao, Shengxi; Geng, Haoran; Tao, Guoliang; Matsuyama, Hideto

    2017-10-01

    An amphiphilic polypropylene-g-poly[vinylpyrrolidone-co-poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate] (PP-g-(NVP-co-PEGMA)) modifier was prepared by melt grafting polymerization using N-vinyl pyrrolidone (NVP) as the grafting monomer and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEGMA) as the comonomer. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and elemental analysis showed that the hydrophilic branched chains (NVP-g-PEGMA) were successfully grafted to polypropylene (PP) macromolecular chains. The largest NVP grafting degree for PP-g-(NVP-co-PEGMA) (up to 20.4%) was obtained when the mass ratio of PP/NVP/PEGMA was 100/30/15. Hydrophilic PP microporous membranes were prepared by stretching cast films of PP/PP-g-(NVP-co-PEGMA) blends. The membrane thermostability (including the modifier) was better than that of the pure PP membrane with a similar surface pore structure. The porosity of the modified membranes was only slightly lower than that of the pure PP membranes. Contact angle measurements were used to examine the hydrophilicity of the membranes. The water contact angle of the membranes decreased when PP-g-(NVP-co-PEGMA) was added, and the minimum contact angle was 64.5°. Therefore, this work provides a good application for stretched hydrophilic PP membrane fabrication.

  8. Enhancement in Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Polypropylene Using Graphene Oxide Grafted with End-Functionalized Polypropylene

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    Patchanee Chammingkwan

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Terminally hydroxylated polypropylene (PP synthesized by a chain transfer method was grafted to graphene oxide (GO at the chain end. Thus obtained PP-modified GO (PP-GO was melt mixed with PP without the use of a compatibilizer to prepare PP/GO nanocomposites. Mechanical and electrical properties of the resultant nanocomposites and reference samples that contained graphite nanoplatelets, partially reduced GO, or fully reduced GO were examined. The best improvement in the tensile strength was obtained using PP-GO at 1.0 wt %. The inclusion of PP-GO also led to the highest electrical conductivity, in spite of the incomplete reduction. These observations pointed out that terminally hydroxylated PP covalently grafted to GO prevented GO layers from re-stacking and agglomeration during melt mixing, affording improved dispersion as well as stronger interfacial bonding between the matrix and GO.

  9. Laparoscopic Pelvic Floor Repair Using Polypropylene Mesh

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    Shih-Shien Weng

    2008-09-01

    Conclusion: Laparoscopic pelvic floor repair using a single piece of polypropylene mesh combined with uterosacral ligament suspension appears to be a feasible procedure for the treatment of advanced vaginal vault prolapse and enterocele. Fewer mesh erosions and postoperative pain syndromes were seen in patients who had no previous pelvic floor reconstructive surgery.

  10. Oxidation and degradation of polypropylene transvaginal mesh.

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    Talley, Anne D; Rogers, Bridget R; Iakovlev, Vladimir; Dunn, Russell F; Guelcher, Scott A

    2017-04-01

    Polypropylene (PP) transvaginal mesh (TVM) repair for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) has shown promising short-term objective cure rates. However, life-altering complications have been associated with the placement of PP mesh for SUI repair. PP degradation as a result of the foreign body reaction (FBR) has been proposed as a contributing factor to mesh complications. We hypothesized that PP oxidizes under in vitro conditions simulating the FBR, resulting in degradation of the PP. Three PP mid-urethral slings from two commercial manufacturers were evaluated. Test specimens (n = 6) were incubated in oxidative medium for up to 5 weeks. Oxidation was assessed by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), and degradation was evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). FTIR spectra of the slings revealed evidence of carbonyl and hydroxyl peaks after 5 weeks of incubation time, providing evidence of oxidation of PP. SEM images at 5 weeks showed evidence of surface degradation, including pitting and flaking. Thus, oxidation and degradation of PP pelvic mesh were evidenced by chemical and physical changes under simulated in vivo conditions. To assess changes in PP surface chemistry in vivo, fibers were recovered from PP mesh explanted from a single patient without formalin fixation, untreated (n = 5) or scraped (n = 5) to remove tissue, and analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Mechanical scraping removed adherent tissue, revealing an underlying layer of oxidized PP. These findings underscore the need for further research into the relative contribution of oxidative degradation to complications associated with PP-based TVM devices in larger cohorts of patients.

  11. Viscoelastic properties of cellular polypropylene ferroelectrets

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    Gaal, Mate; Bovtun, Viktor; Stark, Wolfgang; Erhard, Anton; Yakymenko, Yuriy; Kreutzbruck, Marc

    2016-03-01

    Viscoelastic properties of cellular polypropylene ferroelectrets (PP FEs) were studied at low frequencies (0.3-33 Hz) by dynamic mechanical analysis and at high frequencies (250 kHz) by laser Doppler vibrometry. Relaxation behavior of the in-plane Young's modulus ( Y11 ' ˜ 1500 MPa at room temperature) was observed and attributed to the viscoelastic response of polypropylene matrix. The out-of-plane Young's modulus is very small ( Y33 ' ≈ 0.1 MPa) at low frequencies, frequency- and stress-dependent, evidencing nonlinear viscoelastic response of PP FEs. The high-frequency mechanical response of PP FEs is shown to be linear viscoelastic with Y33 ' ≈ 0.8 MPa. It is described by thickness vibration mode and modeled as a damped harmonic oscillator with one degree of freedom. Frequency dependence of Y33 * in the large dynamic strain regime is described by the broad Cole-Cole relaxation with a mean frequency in kHz range attributed to the dynamics of the air flow between partially closed air-filled voids in PP FEs. Switching-off the relaxation contribution causes dynamic crossover from the nonlinear viscoelastic regime at low frequencies to the linear viscoelastic regime at high frequencies. In the small strain regime, contribution of the air flow seems to be insignificant and the power-law response, attributed to the mechanics of polypropylene cell walls and closed air voids, dominates in a broad frequency range. Mechanical relaxation caused by the air flow mechanism takes place in the sound and ultrasound frequency range (10 Hz-1 MHz) and, therefore, should be taken into account in ultrasonic applications of the PP FEs deal with strong exciting or receiving signals.

  12. Properties of isotactic polypropylene irradiated in various atmospheres

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    Miličević Dejan S.; Suljovrujić Edin H.

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, changes in structure and physical properties of stabilized isotactic polypropylene (iPP) were created by gamma irradiation, up to a dose of 700 kGy, in different media: air, deionized distilled (DD) water and acetylene. Two main effects occur when polyolefins, such as iPP, are subjected to ionizing radiation: crosslinking and scission of macromolecules. The domination of one or the other of these competitive processes is determined by both the structural peculiarities of the po...

  13. Effect of compatibilizer, bamboo fiber size and content on the mechanical properties of PP-g-MA compatibilized polypropylene/bamboo fiber composites; Estudo da influencia dos teores de fibra, agente compatibilizante e tamanho de fibra nas propriedades de compositos de polipropileno com fiobra de bambu

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    Caranti, Lilian R.A.; Bonse, Baltus C.; Costa, Ricardo A. da, E-mail: prebbonse@fei.edu.br [Dept. da Engenharia dos Materiais, Centro Universitario de FEI, Sao Bernardo do Campo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    The contemporary need for ecological preservation is a challenge to the realms of science to develop environmentally sustainable materials and processes. Research on composites reinforced with natural cellulosic fibers seeks to meet that need. An investigation was performed on the mechanical and thermal behavior of a composite comprising a polypropylene thermoplastic matrix and bamboo fibers (Phyllostachys Edulis). Interfacial adhesion between the two materials was achieved by the addition of compatibilizer maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene PPg- MA. An investigation was carried out with 8 compositions by varying the average fiber size (lower level = 0.94 mm and upper level = 2.19 mm), fiber content (20 and 40 weight %) and compatibilizer PP-g-MA (1 and 4 weight %). The mechanical behavior of the composites was studied by carrying out tensile, flexural, impact and fatigue tests. Thermal behavior was investigated by heat deflection temperature tests. Crystallinity was measured by means of X Ray diffraction and fractured surfaces were observed and analyzed by scanning electron microscopy. (author)

  14. Polypropylene/Graphene and Polypropylene/Carbon Fiber Conductive Composites: Mechanical, Crystallization and Electromagnetic Properties

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    Chien-Lin Huang

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to examine the properties of composites that different carbon materials with different measurements can reinforce. Using a melt compounding method, this study combines polypropylene (PP and graphene nano-sheets (GNs or carbon fiber (CF to make PP/GNs and PP/CF conductive composites, respectively. The DSC results and optical microscopic observation show that both GNs and CF enable PP to crystalize at a high temperature. The tensile modulus of PP/GNs and PP/CF conductive composites remarkably increases as a result of the increasing content of conductive fillers. The tensile strength of the PP/GNs conductive composites is inversely proportional to the loading level of GNs. Containing 20 wt% of GNs, the PP/GNs conductive composites have an optimal conductivity of 0.36 S/m and an optimal EMI SE of 13 dB. PP/CF conductive composites have an optimal conductivity of 10−6 S/m when composed of no less than 3 wt% of CF, and an optimal EMI SE of 25 dB when composed of 20 wt% of CF.

  15. Polypropylene modified with 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate-g-2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorycholine and its hemocompatibility

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    Zhao Jie [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Shi Qiang; Yin Ligang; Luan Shifang; Shi Hengchong; Song Lingjie [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Yin Jinghua, E-mail: yinjh@ciac.jl.cn [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Stagnaro, Paola [Istituto per Io Studio delle Macromolecole, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via de Marini 6, 16149 Genova (Italy)

    2010-09-15

    Polypropylene (PP) was modified with 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate (HEA) by solution radical grafting to introduce active hydroxyl groups on polypropylene backbone (PP-g-HEA). Then the biomimic monomer, 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorycholine (MPC), was grafted onto the surface of PP-g-HEA film (PP-g-HEA-g-MPC) by redox graft polymerizations with ceric(IV) ammonium nitrate as an initiator. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) showed that the HEA and MPC were introduced onto PP molecular chains and the copolymer, PP-g-HEA-g-MPC were formed. The water contact angle measurements demonstrated that the final modified PP film exhibited a better hydrophilic surface compared to the neat PP film. The platelets adhesion on the neat PP, PP-g-HEA and PP-g-HEA-g-MPC film was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was found that a large number of platelets were adhered and activated on the surface of neat PP and PP-g-HEA films, while the number of platelets on PP-g-HEA-g-MPC surface was decreased remarkably. The result revealed that the introduction of poly(MPC) onto the PP surface improved the hemocompatibility of PP substantially.

  16. Flame retardant polypropylene nanocomposites reinforced with surface treated carbon nanotubes

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    Guleria, Abhishant

    Polypropylene nanocomposites are prepared by reinforcing carbon nanotubes by ex-situ solution mixing method. Interfacial dispersion of carbon nanotubes in polypropylene have been improved by surface modification of CNTs and adding surfactants. Polypropylene nanocomposites fabrication was done after treating CNTs. Firstly, oxidation of CNTs followed by silanization for addition of functionalized groups on the surface of CNTs. Maleic anhydride grafted PPs were used as surfactants. Maleic anhydrides with two different molecular weights were LAMPP and HMAPP. Successful oxidation of CNTs by nitric acid and functionalized CNTs by 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane was confirmed by attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) with evidence of absorption peak at 1700 and 1100-1000 cm-1. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs revealed that the CNTs dispersion quality was improved by directly adding LMAPP/HMAPP into PP/CNTs system and the PP-CNTs adhesion was enhanced through both the CNTs surface treatment and the addition of surfactant. Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) revealed an enhanced thermal stability in the PP/CNTs and PP/CNTs/MAPP. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) characterization demonstrated that the crystalline temperature, fusion heat and crystalline fraction of hosting PP were decreased with the introduction of CNTs and surface treated CNTs; however, melting temperature was only slightly changed. Melting rheological behaviors including complex viscosity, storage modulus, and loss modulus indicated significant changes in the PP/MAPP/CNTs system before and after functionalization of CNTs, and the mechanism were also discussed in details.

  17. Packing parameters effect on injection molding of polypropylene nanostructured surfaces

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    Calaon, Matteo; Tosello, Guido; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard

    2012-01-01

    having a diameter of 500 nm was employed. The tool insert surface was produced using chemical-based-batch techniques such aluminum anodization and nickel electroplating. During the injection molding process, polypropylene (PP) was employed as material and packing phase parameters (packing time, packing...... to the polymer part was mainly influenced by packing pressure level and distance from the gate....

  18. Environmental and Cost Assessment of a Polypropylene Nanocomposite

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    Roes, A.L.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/303022388; Marsili, E.; Nieuwlaar, E.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/073931373; Patel, M.K.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/18988097X

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes a study on the use of a polypropylene (PP)/layered silicate nanocomposite as packaging film, agricultural film, and automotive panels. The study’s main question was “Are the environmental impacts and costs throughout the life cycle of nanocomposite products lower than those of

  19. The Effect of Size and Crumb Rubber Composition as a Filler with Compatibilizer Pp-G-Ma in Polypropylene Blends and Sir-20 Compound on Mechanical and Thermal Properties

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    Erna Frida

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Having been researched the development of thermoplastic elastomer material of polypropylene and natural rubber SIR-20 compound with Crumb Rubber as the filler. Reinforced polypropylene with size 60 mesh with 1 mm, and the composition of the Crumb rubber (30, 40, and 50 wt%. Observed mechanical properties are tensile strength, fracture elongation, Young's modulus, tear strength and impact strength. Thermal properties are analyzed by DSC and DTA/TGA. It is acquired that for the size of 60 mesh crumb rubber tensile strength, fracture elongation, Young’s modulus, tear strength and impact strength are bigger than 1mm size. The addition of 60 mesh crumb rubber increases but it decreases by adding of 50 weight%. While for crumb rubber 1 mm tensile strength, fracture elongation, tear strength and impact strength decreas. Based on analysis of DSC that the addition of crumb rubber does not make a difference boiling point significantly between samples containing crumb rubber and polypropylene Analysis TGA/DTA to an increase in enthalpy and decomposition temperature with the addition of crumb rubber used and thermal stability.

  20. SYNTHESIS OF STYRYL-CAPPED POLYPROPYLENE via METALLOCENE-MEDIATED COORDINATION POLYMERIZATION: APPLY TO POLYPROPYLENE MACROMOLECULAR ENGINEERING

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    Hua-hua Huang; Chuan-hui Zhang; Ya-wei Qin; Hui Niu; Jin-yong Dong

    2013-01-01

    In this paper,we review our recent progress in the synthesis and application of styryl-capped polypropylene (PP-tSt),an excellent reactive polyolefin that is both convenient and efficient in synthesis and facile and versatile in application for preparing advanced polypropylene materials via macromolecular engineering.The synthesis of PP-t-St is made possible by a unique chain transfer reaction coordinated by a bis-styrenic molecule,such as 1,4-divinylbenzene (DVB) and 1,2-bis(4-vinylphenyl)ethane (BVPE),and hydrogen in typical C2-symmetric metallocene (e.g.rac-Me2Si(2-Me-4-Ph-Ind)2ZrC12,in association with methylaluminocene,MAO) catalyzed propylene polymerization.The regio-selective 2,1-insertion of the styrenic double bond in DVB or BVPE into the overwhelmingly 1,2-fashioned Zr-PP propagating chain enables substantial dormancy of the catalyst active site,which triggers selective hydrogen chain transfer that,with the formed Zr-H species ultimately saturated by the insertion of propylene monomer,results in an exclusive capping of the afforded PP chains by styryl group at the termination end.With a highly reactive styryl group at chain end,PP-t-St has been used as a facile building block in PP macromolecular engineering together with the employment of state-of-the-art synthetic polymer chemistry to fabricate broad types of new polypropylene architectures.

  1. Filament Winding of Co-Extruded Polypropylene Tapes for Fully Recyclable All-Polypropylene Composite Products

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    Cabrera, N. O.; Alcock, B.; Klompen, E. T. J.; Peijs, T.

    2008-01-01

    The creation of high-strength co-extruded polypropylene (PP) tapes allows the production of recyclable “all-polypropylene” (all-PP) composite products, with a large temperature processing window and a high fibre volume fraction. Available technologies for all-PP composites are mostly based on manufacturing processes such as thermoforming of pre-consolidated sheets. The objective of this research is to assess the potential of filament winding as a manufacturing process for all-PP composites made directly from co-extruded tapes or woven fabric. Filament wound pipes or rings were tested either by the split-disk method or a hydrostatic pressure test in order to determine the hoop properties, while an optical strain mapping system was used to measure the deformation of the pipe surfaces.

  2. Studying nanostructure gradients in injection-molded polypropylene/montmorillonite composites by microbeam small-angle x-ray scattering

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    Stribeck, Norbert; Schneider, Konrad; Zeinolebadi, Ahmad;

    2014-01-01

    The core–shell structure in oriented cylindrical rods of polypropylene (PP) and nanoclay composites (NCs) from PP and montmorillonite (MMT) is studied by microbeam small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS). The structure of neat PP is almost homogeneous across the rod showing regular semicrystalline st...

  3. 聚丙烯抗静电纤维的研究 Ⅰ.不同共混体系抗静电性能%STUDY ON ANTISTATIC POLYPROPYLENE FIBER Ⅰ. The Antistatic Behavior of Antistatic PP Blend S ystem

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    严玉蓉; 李瑞霞; 吴大诚

    2001-01-01

    The antistatic behavior of various antistatic blending syst em, including PET-PEG copolymer, PEG/CuI binary and PET-PEG/PEG/CuI trinary sy stem , was studied respectively. The results showed that these systems exhibit the an tistatic behavior in some degree and PET-PEG/PEG/CuI system shows the best. Whe n th e antistatic agent amounts to 6%, the bulk specific resistance of PET-PEG/PEG/C uI s ystem is 6.8×109 Ω*cm, the antistatic sensibility to relative humidity is l ower than that of PP/PET-PEG system, and the mechanical properties are improved compared with PP/PEG/CuI system. A matrix-fibril structure was observed in th e PP blending system.%分别对3种不同的抗静电体系 PP/PET-PEG,PP/PEG/CuI和PP/PET-PEG/PEG/CuI的抗静电性能进行了研究。结果表明:三类共混体系均有一定的抗静电性能,其中以PP/PE T-PEG/PEG/CuI共混体系的抗静电性能最好。当抗静电剂添加为总量的6%时,其体积电阻 率可达6.8×109 Ω*cm,抗静电性能对环境相对湿度的敏感性低于PP/PET-PEG体系,且 纤维的力学性能较PP/PEG/CuI体系有所改进。共混体系为海相-微纤复合结构。

  4. Application of Microcellular Foaming Technology in Polypropylene/EPDM Composite%微孔发泡技术在PP/EPDM复合材料中的应用研究

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    林增坤

    2005-01-01

    研究了复合交联剂、复合发泡剂及其用量对PP/EPDM复合材料力学性能的影响.实验结果表明:PP/EPDM(70:30)复合材料经过微孔发泡后,其力学性能达到PP/EPDM(50:50)复合材料力学性能;微孔发泡技术的应用可减少复合材料中EPDM用量,达到降低成本的目的.

  5. On Crystallization in Polypropylene-Polyethylene Blends

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    2001-01-01

    Blends of polypropylene(PP) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) have beencrystallized to form open structures(“cluster spherulites”) where the droplets of the minorityPP are bridged by PP lamellae which have grown in the LDPE-rich matrix. These are studiedby permanganic etching followed by electron and optical microscopies. Two similar PP typesare compared, one synthesized with Ziegler-Natta catalyst and one with metallocenecatalyst. The metallocene-catalysed material crystallized much more slowly due to thepresence of regio defects in the chains, even though the overall concentration of tacticitydefects in the Ziegler-Natta material is much higher. A mechanism involving reversal ofhelical direction at the regio defect interfering with the regular chain packing in the crystal issuggested. Growth of “cluster spherulites” is faster in regions where low molecular weightmaterial is concentrated. It is slower where droplets are larger, and this is attributed tocompetition between PP lamellar growth in the matrix and diffusion of PP to alreadycrystallized droplets.

  6. Study of gel formation by ionizing radiation in polypropylene

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    Oliani, W. L.; Parra, D. F.; Fermino, D. M.; Riella, H. G.; Lima, L. F. C. P.; Lugao, A. B.

    2013-03-01

    The objective of this work is to study the formation of microgel in pristine PP and modified PP. The modified PP in pellets was synthesized by gamma irradiation of pristine PP under a crosslinking atmosphere of acetylene in different doses of 5, 12.5 and 20 kGy, followed by thermal treatment for radical recombination and annihilation of the remaining radicals. The gel content of the modified polypropylenes was determined by extraction in boiling xylene for period of 12 h at 138 °C. The gel formed of pristine PP and modified (i.e., irradiated) was characterized using optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XDR). The PP morphological study indicated the microgel formation with increase of spherulitic concentration with dose.

  7. Properties of lightweight cement-based composites containing waste polypropylene

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    Záleská, Martina; Pavlíková, Milena; Pavlík, Zbyšek

    2016-07-01

    Improvement of buildings thermal stability represents an increasingly important trend of the construction industry. This work aims to study the possible use of two types of waste polypropylene (PP) for the development of lightweight cement-based composites with enhanced thermal insulation function. Crushed PP waste originating from the PP tubes production is used for the partial replacement of silica sand by 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 mass%, whereas a reference mixture without plastic waste is studied as well. First, basic physical and thermal properties of granular PP random copolymer (PPR) and glass fiber reinforced PP (PPGF) aggregate are studied. For the developed composite mixtures, basic physical, mechanical, heat transport and storage properties are accessed. The obtained results show that the composites with incorporated PP aggregate exhibit an improved thermal insulation properties and acceptable mechanical resistivity. This new composite materials with enhanced thermal insulation function are found to be promising materials for buildings subsoil or floor structures.

  8. Oriented crystallization and mechanical properties of polypropylene nucleated on fibrillated polytetrafluoroethylene scaffolds

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    Meer, van der Douwe W.; Milazzo, Daniel; Sanguineti, Aldo; Vancso, G. Julius

    2005-01-01

    It is known that friction deposited polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) layers are able to nucleate crystallization of thin films of isotactic polypropylene (iPP). In order to investigate the influence of PTFE on the crystallization behavior and morphology of iPP in bulk, PTFE-particles of two different

  9. Jute fiber reinforced polypropylene produced by continuous extrusion compounding. Part 1. Processing and ageing properties

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    Oever, van den M.J.A.; Snijder, M.H.B.

    2008-01-01

    This article addresses the processing and ageing properties of jute fiber reinforced polypropylene (PP) composites. The composite has been manufactured by a continuous extrusion process and results in free flowing composite granules, comprising up to 50 weight percent (wt %) jute fiber in PP. These

  10. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) as a reinforcing fibre in polypropylene composites

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    Oever, van den M.J.A.; Elbersen, H.W.; Keijsers, E.R.P.; Gosselink, R.J.A.; Klerk-Engels, de B.

    2003-01-01

    In this study the switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), a biomass crop being developed in North America and Europe, was tested as a stiffening and reinforcing agent in polypropylene (PP) composites with and without maleic anhydride grafted PP (MAPP) as a compatibiliser and to evaluate the effect of pul

  11. Jute fiber reinforced polypropylene produced by continuous extrusion compounding. Part 1. Processing and ageing properties

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    Oever, van den M.J.A.; Snijder, M.H.B.

    2008-01-01

    This article addresses the processing and ageing properties of jute fiber reinforced polypropylene (PP) composites. The composite has been manufactured by a continuous extrusion process and results in free flowing composite granules, comprising up to 50 weight percent (wt %) jute fiber in PP. These

  12. Formation and Detection of Clay Network Structure in Poly(propylene) /Layered Silicate Nanocomposites

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    Abranyi, Agnes; Szazdi, Laszlo; Pukanszky Jr., Bela; Vancso, Gyula J.; Pukanszky, B.; Pukanszky, Bela

    2006-01-01

    The study of the structure and the rheological properties of poly(propylene) (PP)/montmorillonite (MMT)/maleinated PP (MAPP) composites strongly suggests that a silicate network may form under certain conditions. Network formation could not be proven unambiguously with the usual techniques, i.e.,

  13. Reinforcement of polypropylene by annual plant fibers: optimisation of the coupling agent efficiency

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    Snijder, M.H.B.; Bos, H.L.

    2000-01-01

    Annual growth agrofibers like flax and jute can compete with glass fibers, considering their intrinsic mechanical properties. This paper discusses reinforcement of polypropylene (PP) homopolymer with flax bast fibers. Maleic Anhydride modified PP (MAPP) grades are screened on coupling efficiency. Th

  14. Protein repellent hydrophilic grafts prepared by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization from polypropylene

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    Fristrup, Charlotte Juel; Jankova Atanasova, Katja; Eskimergen, Rüya

    2012-01-01

    Grafting of poly(ethylene glycol)methacrylate (PEGMA) and N,N-dimethylacrylamide (DMAAm) from UV-initiator modified polypropylene (PP) was performed by Surface-Initiated Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (SI-ATRP). The modification and hydrophilization of the PP substrates were confirmed...

  15. Effect of Multiple Extrusions on the Impact Properties of Polypropylene/Clay Nanocomposites

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    Klitkou, Rasmus; Jensen, Erik Appel; Christiansen, Jesper de Claville

    2012-01-01

    Polypropylene (PP)-based polymer nanocomposites containing organically modified montmorillonite (OMMT) with and without maleic anhydride grafted PP, were compounded by twin-screw extrusion. The extrusion process was repeated various numbers of times to increase the extruder residence time (TR) and...

  16. GRAFT COPOLYMERIZATION OF ACRYLAMIDE ONTO POLYPROPYLENE FILMS BY PLASMA TECHNIQUE

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    WANG Shicai; YE Mu; LU Lizhen; CHEN Jie

    1988-01-01

    The graft copolymerization of acrylamide onto polypropylene (PP) film was carried out by using a capacitively coupled rf plasma apparatus with external plate electrodes. The relationship between the surface structure of the Ar plasma-treated PP films and the extent of grafting of acrylamide on the films was studied through observing the effects of discharge power and exposure time on the relative content of free-radical on the film surface. Meanwhile, the wettability and surface energy of the PP film were measured.

  17. Biodegradation of Polypropylene Nonwovens

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    Keene, Brandi Nechelle

    The primary aim of the current research is to document the biodegradation of polypropylene nonwovens and filament under composting environments. To accelerate the biodegradat ion, pre-treatments and additives were incorporated into polypropylene filaments and nonwovens. The initial phase (Chapter 2) of the project studied the biodegradation of untreated polypropylene with/without pro-oxidants in two types of composting systems. Normal composting, which involved incubation of samples in food waste, had little effect on the mechanical properties of additive-free spunbond nonwovens in to comparison prooxidant containing spunbond nonwovens which were affected significantly. Modified composting which includes the burial of samples with food and compressed air, the polypropylene spunbond nonwovens with/without pro-oxidants displayed an extreme loss in mechanical properties and cracking on the surface cracking. Because the untreated spunbond nonwovens did not completely decompose, the next phase of the project examined the pre-treatment of gamma-irradiation or thermal aging prior to composting. After exposure to gamma-irradiation and thermal aging, polypropylene is subjected to oxidative degradation in the presence of air and during storage after irradiat ion. Similar to photo-oxidation, the mechanism of gamma radiation and thermal oxidative degradation is fundamentally free radical in nature. In Chapter 3, the compostability of thermal aged spunbond polypropylene nonwovens with/without pro-oxidant additives. The FTIR spectrum confirmed oxidat ion of the polypropylene nonwovens with/without additives. Cracking on both the pro-oxidant and control spunbond nonwovens was showed by SEM imaging. Spunbond polypropylene nonwovens with/without pro-oxidants were also preirradiated by gamma rays followed by composting. Nonwovens with/without pro-oxidants were severely degraded by gamma-irradiation after up to 20 kGy exposure as explained in Chapter 4. Furthermore (Chapter 5), gamma

  18. CO-PYROLYSIS OF POLYPROPYLENE WITH PETROLEUM OF BACIA DE CAMPOS

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    DE ASSUMPÇÃO, Luiz Carlos Fonte Nova; MARQUES, Mônica Regina da Costa; CARBONELL, Montserrat Motas

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the process of co-pyrolysis of polypropylene (PP residues with gas-oil was evaluated, varying thetemperature and the amount of polypropylene fed to the reactor. The polypropylene samples and gas-oil weresubmitted to the thermal co-pyrolysis in an inert atmosphere, varying the temperature and the amount of PP.The influence of the gas-oil was evaluated carrying the co-pyrolysis in the absence of PP. The pyrolysed liquidsproduced by this thermal treatment were characterized by modified gaseous chromatography in order toevaluate the yield in the range of distillation of diesel. As a result, the increase of PP amount lead to a reductionin the yield of the pyrolytic liquid and to an increase of the amount of solid generated. The effect of temperatureincrease showed an inverse result. The results show that plastic residue co-pyrolysys is a potential method forchemical recycling of plastic products.

  19. Polypropylene/calcium carbonate nanocomposites – effects of processing techniques and maleated polypropylene compatibiliser

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    Full Text Available The mechanical properties and crystalline characteristics of polypropylene (PP and nano precipitated calcium carbonate (NPCC nanocomposites prepared via melt mixing in an internal mixer and melt extrusion in a twin screw extruder, were compared. The effect of maleic anhydride grafted PP (PP-g-MAH as a compatibiliser was also studied using the internal mixer. At low filler concentration of 5 wt%, impact strength was better for the nanocomposites produced using the internal mixer. At higher filler loading of more than 10 wt%, the extrusion technique was more effective to disperse the nanofillers resulting in better impact properties. The impact results are consistent with the observations made from Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM morphology study. As expected, the flexural modulus of the nanocomposites increased with filler concentration regardless of the techniques utilised. At a same filler loading, there was also no significant difference in the moduli for the two techniques. The tensile strength of the mixed nanocomposites were found to be inferior to the extruded nanocomposites. Introduction of PP-g-MAH improved the impact strength, tensile strength and modulus of the mixed nanocomposites. The improvements may be attributed to better interfacial adhesion, as evident from the SEM micrographs which displayed better dispersion of the NPCC in the presence of the compatibiliser. Though NPCC particles have weak nucleating effect on the crystallization of the PP, addition of PP-g-MAH into the mixed nanocomposites has induced significant crystallization of the PP.

  20. Improved Mechanical Properties of Compatibilized Polypropylene/Polyamide-12 Blends

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    Nora Aranburu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Compatibilized blends of polypropylene (PP and polyamide-12 (PA12 as a second component were obtained by direct injection molding having first added 20% maleic anhydride-modified copolymer (PP-g-MA to the PP, which produced partially grafted PP (gPP. A nucleating effect of the PA12 took place on the cooling crystallization of the gPP, and a second crystallization peak of the gPP appeared in the PA12-rich blends, indicating changes in the crystalline morphology. There was a slight drop in the PA12 crystallinity of the compatible blends, whereas the crystallinity of the gPP increased significantly in the PA12-rich blends. The overall reduction in the dispersed phase particle size together with the clear increase in ductility when gPP was used instead of PP proved that compatibilization occurred. Young’s modulus of the blends showed synergistic behavior. This is proposed to be both due to a change in the crystalline morphology of the blends on the one hand and, on the other, in the PA12-rich blends, to the clear increase in the crystallinity of the gPP phase, which may, in turn, have been responsible for the increase in its continuity and its contribution to the modulus.

  1. INTERFACE REACTION BETWEEN γ- AMINOPROPYLTRIMETHOXYSILANE AND ULTRAVIOLET IRRADIATED POLYPROPYLENE

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    2000-01-01

    The interface reaction between ultraviolet irradiated polypropylene(UV-PP) and an amino silane coupling agent, γ-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (γ-APS) adsorbed on glass fibers has been investigated by means of the combining use of solvent extraction and FTIR as well as XPS. First, polypropylene (PP) physisorbed on the glass fibers surface was removed by the solvent extraction in order to minimize the effect of the PP siginal in FTIR and XPS analyses. Second, the remaining glass fibers after solvent extraction were analyzed by FTIR and XPS. The results show that the absorption bands of PP still exist in the FTIR spectrum and two new bands of N1s at 399.1eV and 401.6eV appear in the XPS spectrum for the composite with UV-PP and γ-APS treated glass fibers. Thus, the interface reaction between the UV-PP and γ-APS has been monitored directly. In addition, it may be concluded that OH and COOH groups of UV-PP form chemical bonds with NH2 group of γ-APS , respectively.

  2. Effect of compatibilization and reprocessing on the isothermal crystallization kinetics of polypropylene/wood flour composites

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    Arieny Rodrigues

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Numerous studies have focused on polymer mixtures aimed at the potential applications of these materials. This work analyzed the effect of polymer reprocessing and the type and concentration of compatibilizer on the isothermal crystallization kinetics of polypropylene/wood flour composites. The composites, which were polypropylene grafted with acrylic acid (PP-g-AA and maleic anhydride (PP-g-MA, were processed in a twin screw extruder with and without compatibilizer. Reprocessed polypropylene reached complete crystallization in less time than the composites with virgin polypropylene. The addition of wood flour to the composites did not change the kinetics significantly compared to that of the pure polymers, but the compatibilizers did, particularly PP-g-AA. The nucleation exponent (n and crystallization rate (K were calculated from Avrami plots. The values of n ranged from 2 to 3, indicating instantaneous to sporadic nucleation. The crystallization half-time of reprocessed polypropylene was shorter than that of virgin polypropylene and of the compositions containing PP-g-AA compatibilizer. The activation energy of crystallization and the equilibrium melting temperature were calculated, respectively, from Arrhenius and Hoffman-Weeks plots. Both of these parameters showed lower values in the composites, particularly in the ones containing compatibilizers.

  3. Electrical properties of ion irradiated polypropylene films

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    N L Singh; Anita Sharma; V Shrinet; A K Rakshit; D K Avasthi

    2004-06-01

    The effect of high-energy (50 MeV) Li3+ ion beam irradiation on polypropylene (PP) film has been studied in the fluence range 2.4 × 1012-1.5 × 1014 ions/cm2. The a.c. electrical properties of PP films were measured in the frequency range from 0.05–100 kHz, and at temperature range between 30 and 140°C. This study indicates two peaks at 60°C and 120°C with comparatively high magnitudes. There is an exponential increase in conductivity with log of frequency and the effect is significant at higher fluences. The loss factor (tan ) vs frequency plot suggests that PP film based capacitors may be useful below 10 kHz. The capacitance is constant over a wide temperature range up to 130°C. FTIR spectra of the PP films before and after irradiation indicate that intensity of C–H stretching vibration at 2900 cm-1 is modified. The presence of many new peaks with the increase of fluence suggests the formation of alkanes and alkynes which might be responsible for the observed changes in the dielectric and electrical properties of PP films.

  4. ENHANCEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY OF POLYPROPYLENE AND NYLON-66 BY MALEATED POLYPROPYLENE

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    LI Xiaosan; WANG Dexi

    1992-01-01

    The compatibility of PP/N-66 blending system modified with maleated polypropylene was studied by means of SEM, DMA and other mechanical testing. It was found that when proper amount of modifier was applied, the compatibility was greatly enhanced and the impact toughness was significantly improved. An important direct evidence of the formation of the interfacial copolymer was also found. However, when excessive amount of modifier was used, the modification effect was not conspicuous. The phenomena were interpreted from a view of molecular motion that the interfacial block copolymer forced the two components to 'compatibilize' and many flexible PP molecules were set free from the restraint of the crystallites of plain PP so as to absorb much more impact energy.

  5. Effect of Nano-clay on Rheological and Extrusion Foaming Process of a Block-Copolymerized Polypropylene

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    Wang Mingyi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of nano-clay and the corresponding coupling agent maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (PP-g-MAH on thermal properties, rheological properties and extrusion foaming process of a block-copolymerized polypropylene (B-PP were studied. Supercritical CO2 (SC CO2 was used as the foaming agent with a concentration of 5wt%. Each step of foamed B-PP/ PP-g-MAH/ nano-clay composites processing is addressed, including mixing of the composites, manufacture of the composites, foaming process of the composites and characterization of the cell structure. The results showed that incorporation of nano-clay and PP-g-MAH caused reduced melt strength and complex viscosity of B-PP. However, the heterogeneous nucleation induced by nano-clay and PP-g-MAH improved the maximum foaming expansion ratio and cell-population density of B-PP foam.

  6. MARTINI Coarse-Grained Models of Polyethylene and Polypropylene.

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    Panizon, Emanuele; Bochicchio, Davide; Monticelli, Luca; Rossi, Giulia

    2015-06-25

    The understanding of the interaction of nanoplastics with living organisms is crucial both to assess the health hazards of degraded plastics and to design functional polymer nanoparticles with biomedical applications. In this paper, we develop two coarse-grained models of everyday use polymers, polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), aimed at the study of the interaction of hydrophobic plastics with lipid membranes. The models are compatible with the popular MARTINI force field for lipids, and they are developed using both structural and thermodynamic properties as targets in the parametrization. The models are then validated by showing their reliability at reproducing structural properties of the polymers, both linear and branched, in dilute conditions, in the melt, and in a PE-PP blend. PE and PP radius of gyration is correctly reproduced in all conditions, while PE-PP interactions in the blend are slightly overestimated. Partitioning of PP and PE oligomers in phosphatidylcholine membranes as obtained at CG level reproduces well atomistic data.

  7. Characterization of Fibers Produced from Blends of Polybutylene and Polypropylene

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    Robert L. Shambaugh, Ph.D

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Blends of polybutylene (PB-1 and polypropylene were used to produce fibers at spinning speeds of 800-2100 m/min. Concentrations ranged from 0% PP to 100% PP. The stress-strain behavior of the resultant fibers was examined, and the fibers were analyzed for crystallinity via DSC (differential scanning calorimetry. Fibers produced from blends of PB-1/PP show mechanical properties that are in between the properties of the pure polymers. The tensile strength of 50% PB-1 fibers is comparable to the tensile strength of pure PP fibers. Fibers produced from blend compositions of 25 and 75% have higher tensile strengths than pure PP fibers, although these blend compositions have lower tensile strengths than pure PB fibers.

  8. Analytical protocol to study the food safety of (multiple-)recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) crates: Influence of recycling on the migration and formation of degradation products

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    Coulier, L.; Orbons, H.G.M.; Rijk, R.

    2007-01-01

    An analytical protocol was set up and successfully applied to study the food safety of recycled HDPE and PP crates. A worst-case scenario was applied that focused not only on overall migration and specific migration of accepted starting materials but also on migratable degradation products of polyme

  9. Effect of processing conditions on the mechanical and thermal properties of high-impact polypropylene nanocomposites

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    Furlan, L.G. [Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Sul, IFRS, Campus Restinga, Estrada Joao Antonio da Silveira, 351, Porto Alegre 91790-400 (Brazil); Ferreira, C.I.; Dal Castel, C.; Santos, K.S.; Mello, A.C.E. [Chemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS, Av. Bento Goncalves, 9500, Porto Alegre 91501-970 (Brazil); Liberman, S.A.; Oviedo, M.A.S. [Braskem S.A., III Polo Petroquimico, Via Oeste, Lote 5, Triunfo 95853-000 (Brazil); Mauler, R.S., E-mail: mauler@iq.ufrgs.br [Chemistry Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS, Av. Bento Goncalves, 9500, Porto Alegre 91501-970 (Brazil)

    2011-08-25

    Highlights: {yields} Polypropylene montmorillonite (PP-MMT) produced at different processing conditions. {yields} Polypropylene Nanocomposites with higher increase on impact resistance. {yields} Higher enhancement on mechanical properties. - Abstract: Polypropylene montmorillonite (PP-MMT) nanocomposites have been prepared by using a co-rotating twin screw extruder. The effects of processing conditions at fixed clay content (5 wt%) on polymer properties were investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), flexural modulus, izod impact, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). It was noticed that the morphology and the mechanical properties of polypropylene nanocomposites were affected by different screw shear configuration. The results showed that the higher enhancement on mechanical properties was obtained by medium shear intensity profile instead of high configuration. An exceptional increase (maximum of 282%) on impact resistance was observed.

  10. Highly Conductive Polypropylene-Graphene Nonwoven Composite via Interface Engineering.

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    Pan, Qin; Shim, Eunkyoung; Pourdeyhimi, Behnam; Gao, Wei

    2017-08-01

    Here we report a highly conductive polypropylene-graphene nonwoven composite via direct coating of melt blown polypropylene (PP) nonwoven fabrics with graphene oxide (GO) dispersions in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF), followed by the chemical reduction of GO with hydroiodic acid (HI). GO as an amphiphilic macromolecule can be dispersed in DMF homogeneously at a concentration of 5 mg/mL, which has much lower surface tension (37.5 mN/m) than that of GO in water (72.9 mN/m, at 5 mg/mL). The hydrophobic PP nonwoven has a surface energy of 30.1 mN/m, close to the surface tension of GO in DMF. Therefore, the PP nonwoven can be easily wetted by the GO/DMF dispersion without any pretreatment. Soaking PP nonwoven in a GO/DMF dispersion leads to uniform coatings of GO on PP-fiber surfaces. After chemical reduction of GO to graphene, the resulting PP/graphene nonwoven composite offers an electrical conductivity of 35.6 S m(-1) at graphene loading of 5.2 wt %, the highest among the existing conductive PP systems reported, indicating that surface tension of coating baths has significant impact on the coating uniformity and affinity. The conductivity of our PP/graphene nonwoven is also stable against stirring washing test. In addition, here we demonstrate a monolithic supercapacitor derived from the PP-GO nonwoven composite by using a direct laser-patterning process. The resulted sandwich supercapacitor shows a high areal capacitance of 4.18 mF/cm(2) in PVA-H2SO4 gel electrolyte. The resulting highly conductive or capacitive PP/graphene nonwoven carries great promise to be used as electronic textiles.

  11. Interferometric Studies for the Annealing Effects on the Necking Deformation along Polypropylene Fibers

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    T.Z.N. Sokkar

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available An automated multiple-beam Fizeau fringes in transmission technique was used with a fiber-drawing device to detect necking deformation along polypropylene (PP fibers axis under different conditions of annealing process. The refractive indices, refractive index profiles and crystallinity were calculated along the annealed PP fibers at different draw ratios. The annealing temperature controls the propagation of necking deformation along PP fibers axis that stretched at low draw ratios (D< 2. The necking deformations along PP fibers axis due to fast drawing process could be avoided when PP fibers were annealed at the temperature of 120oC. Microinterferograms are given for illustrations.

  12. Preparation and Crystallization of Carbon Nanotube/maleic Anhydride-grafted Polypropylene Composites

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    Xiaohua CHEN; Jing HU; Lingping ZHOU; Wenhua LI; Zi YANG; Yanguo WANG

    2008-01-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT)/maleic acid anhydride (MAH)-grafted polypropylene (PP) composites were prepared by in situ grafting method. Infrared spectroscopy showed that the CNTs were linked to PP by MAH grafting. The microstructures and calorimetry analysis indicated that the crystallization behaviors of the filled and unfilled PP were quite different. The addition of CNTs dramatically reduced the spherulite size, increased crystallization rate and improved the thermal stability of PP. These results confirmed the expected nucleant effect of CNT on the crystallization of PP. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy showed that the CNTs were dispersed homogeneously, indicating that the original CNT bundles were separated into individual tubes by the grafting.

  13. Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Muscovite and Density Polyethylene-reinforced and-toughened Polypropylene Composites

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    ZHANG Lingyan; WEI Tingting; CHEN Huijie; LAI Weiqiang; BU Junfen

    2009-01-01

    The mechanical and thermal properties of polypropylene(PP)/muscovite/ low-density polyethylene(LDPE)/polypropylenegraftmaleic anhydride(PP-g-MAH)ternary com-posites were investigated.In PP matrix,muscovite,LDPE,and PP-g-MAH were added as strength-ening agent,toughening agent,and compatibilizer,respectively.The effects of dosages of the added materials were analyzed.The experimental results show that the optimum recipe of PP/muscovite/LDPE/PP-g-MAH composites is 100/10/6/20(mass ratio).Compared with the pure PP, the mechanical properties of PP/muscovite/LDPE/PP-g-MAH composites,including notched impact strength,Rockwell hardness and flexural strength,are improved.Although tensile strength is slightly decreased,they have better toughness.Filled with muscovite,the heat-resistance and heat-decompostion of the composites are improved.

  14. Effect of Soil Burial on Tensile Properties of Polypropylene/Plasticized Cassava Starch Blends

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    Henry C. Obasi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Polypropylene (PP/plasticized cassava starch (PCS blended with and without compatibilizer (polypropylene-graft-maleic anhydride (PP-g-MA via melt blending were prepared for soil burial which lasted for 90 days. Plasticized starch loadings of 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 wt.% were used, while pp-g-ma was used at 10 wt.% based on starch weight. The PP/PCS and PP/PCS/PP-G-MA blends were evaluated for their tensile properties. It was observed that the tensile strength, elongation at break, and young’s modulus decreased with increases in soil burial time as well as starch content for PP/PCS blends. Similar treads for the tensile properties were observed for PP/PCS/PP-g-MA, but with higher properties as compared to uncompatibilized blends. However, the tensile properties for both PP/PCS and PP/PCS/PP-g-Ma decrease with increases in starch loading and also as the burial period progressed.

  15. Phenolic stabilisers extraction constants of polypropylene geotextiles determination in alkali medium

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    Farcas, Fabienne; Fayolle, Bruno; Azzouz, Mériam; Richaud, Emmanuel

    2012-01-01

    The use of geotextiles made of polypropylene (PP) in civil engineering such as tunnel requieres adequates control over their durability, and this characteristic remains poorly known due to their inaccessibility. Considering concrete environment ageing conditions (alkali medium i.e. pH = 9 to 13), the aim of this study is to complete a non-empirical kinetic model for polypropylene ageing by the determination of the extraction parameters a frequently used phenolic process stabilisers: Irganox 1...

  16. Effect of the interfacial adhesion on the tensile and impact properties of carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene matrices

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    Clara Leal Nogueira

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Thermoplastic composites have been applied in a wide variety of industrial products, showing recently a great potential to be used in aeronautical field. The objectives of this work were to evaluate the fiber/matrix interface of carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene-based matrices after tensile and impact tests and also to compare the mechanical test results of the manufactured laminates. The laminates were prepared by stacking carbon fiber fabric style Plain Weave (CF and films of four different polypropylene matrices, described as (a polypropylene-PP, (b polypropylene-polyethylene copolymer-PP-PE, (c PP-PE with an interfacial compatibilizer-AM1 and (d PP-PE containing an elastomeric modifier-AM2. The composites were processed using hot compression molding. The mechanical testing results showed that the CF-AM1 laminate family presented the lowest impact strength and the highest tensile strength values when compared to the other laminates. SEM analysis observations of both tensile and impact fractured specimens of the CF-PP/PE-AM1 specimens revealed a stronger fiber/matrix interface. The CF-PP/PE-AM2 laminate showed a lower tensile strength and higher impact strength values when compared to the CF-PP/PE-AM1 one. PP-PE and PP laminates presented the lowest impact strength values.

  17. Preparation and Characterization of Extruded Composites Based on Polypropylene and Chitosan Compatibilized with Polypropylene-Graft-Maleic Anhydride

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    Fernando Javier Carrasco-Guigón

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The preparation of composites of synthetic and natural polymers represent an interesting option to combine properties; in this manner, polypropylene and chitosan extruded films using a different proportion of components and polypropylene-graft-maleic anhydride (PPgMA as compatibilizer were prepared. The effect of the content of the biopolymer in the polypropylene (PP matrix, the addition of compatibilizer, and the particle size on the properties of the composites was analyzed using characterization by fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, tensile strength, and contact angle, finding that in general, the addition of the compatibilizer and reducing the particle size of the chitosan, favored the physicochemical and morphological properties of the films.

  18. TENSILE STRENGTH CHARACTERISTICS OF POLYPROPYLENE COMPOSITES REINFORCED WITH STONE GROUNDWOOD FIBERS FROM SOFTWOOD

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    Joan P. López,

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The behavior of stone groundwood / polypropylene injection-molded composites was evaluated with and without coupling agent. Stone groundwood (SGW is a fibrous material commonly prepared in a high yield process and mainly used for papermaking applications. In this work, the use of SGW fibers was explored as a reinforcing element of polypropylene (PP composites. The surface charge density of the composite components was evaluated, as well as the fiber’s length and diameter inside the composite material. Two mixing extrusion processes were evaluated, and the use of a kinetic mixer, instead of an internal mixer, resulted in longer mean fiber lengths of the reinforcing fibers. On the other hand, the accessibility of surface hydroxyl groups of stone groundwood fibers was improved by treating the fibers with 5% of sodium hydroxide, resulting in a noticeable increase of the tensile strength of the composites, for a similar percentage of coupling agent. A new parameter called Fiber Tensile Strength Factor is defined and used as a baseline for the comparison of the properties of the different composite materials. Finally the competitiveness of stone groundwood / polypropylene / polypropylene-co-maleic anhydride system, which compared favorably to sized glass-fiber / polypropylene GF/PP and glass-fiber / polypropylene / polypropylene-co-maleic anhydride composite formulations, was quantified by means of the fiber tensile strength factor.

  19. CRUDE PALM OIL AS A BIOADDITIVE IN POLYPROPYLENE BLOWN FILMS

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    Emiliana Rose Jusoh,

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Growing public concern about environment and potential risks to health in the polymer and plasticizer industry promises to increase the market for a safer alternative plasticizer such as a vegetable oil-based agent. The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential of crude palm oil as a bio-additive in polypropylene blown films. The polypropylene was blended with 1%, 3%, and 5% dosages of CPO using a twin screw extruder. The extruded samples were blown using the blown thin film technique. Mechanical, physical, and morphological properties were characterized. Modifying polypropylene with CPO showed good enhancement in the mechanical properties of the polypropylene. Tensile strength, elongation at break, impact strength, and tear strength all increased. The scanning electron microscopy photographs of the CPO-modified PP clearly supported the results from the mechanical strength tests. The presence of CPO in the PP matrices decreased the density and increased the melt flow rate. These findings contribute new knowledge to the additives area and give important implications for designing and manufacturing polymer packaging materials.

  20. Interfacial enhancement of polypropylene composites modified with sorbitol derivatives and siloxane-silsesquioxane resin

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    Dobrzyńska-Mizera, Monika; Dutkiewicz, Michał; Sterzyński, Tomasz; Di Lorenzo, Maria Laura

    2015-12-01

    Composites based on polypropylene (iPP) modified with a sorbitol derivative (NX8000) and siloxane-silsesquioxane resin (SiOPh) containing maleated polypropylene (MAPP) as compatibilizer were prepared by melt extrusion. Calorimetric investigations were carried out using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), whereas the morphological and mechanical properties were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and static tensile tests. DSC measurements revealed no influence of SiOPh and a slight effect of MAPP addition on the crystallization kinetics of polypropylene. Additionally, the introduction of MAPP into the iPP+NX8000+SiOPh composites increased plastic properties of the samples. All the above was attributed to the compatibilizing effect of MAPP which improved interfacial adhesion between iPP, NX8000 and SiOPh. This phenomenon was also confirmed by the SEM images illustrating more homogenous distribution of the filler in the compatibilized samples.

  1. Interfacial enhancement of polypropylene composites modified with sorbitol derivatives and siloxane-silsesquioxane resin

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    Dobrzyńska-Mizera, Monika, E-mail: monika.dobrzynska-mizera@doctorate.put.poznan.pl; Sterzyński, Tomasz [Poznan University of Technology, Institute of Materials Technology, Polymer Division, Piotrowo, 3, 61-138 Poznan (Poland); Dutkiewicz, Michał [Centre for Advanced Technologies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89 C, 61-614 Poznan (Poland); Di Lorenzo, Maria Laura [Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per i Polimeri, Compositi e Biomateriali, c/o Comprensorio Olivetti, Via Campi Flegrei, 34, 80078 Pozzuoli (Italy)

    2015-12-17

    Composites based on polypropylene (iPP) modified with a sorbitol derivative (NX8000) and siloxane-silsesquioxane resin (SiOPh) containing maleated polypropylene (MAPP) as compatibilizer were prepared by melt extrusion. Calorimetric investigations were carried out using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), whereas the morphological and mechanical properties were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and static tensile tests. DSC measurements revealed no influence of SiOPh and a slight effect of MAPP addition on the crystallization kinetics of polypropylene. Additionally, the introduction of MAPP into the iPP+NX8000+SiOPh composites increased plastic properties of the samples. All the above was attributed to the compatibilizing effect of MAPP which improved interfacial adhesion between iPP, NX8000 and SiOPh. This phenomenon was also confirmed by the SEM images illustrating more homogenous distribution of the filler in the compatibilized samples.

  2. Constitutive modeling of the viscoelastic and viscoplastic responses of metallocene catalyzed polypropylene

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    Drozdov, Aleksey; Christiansen, Jesper de Claville; Sanporean, Catalina-Gabriela

    2012-01-01

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to perform experimental investigation and constitutive modeling of the viscoelastic and viscoplastic behavior of metallocene catalyzed polypropylene (mPP) with application to lifetime assessment under conditions of creep rupture. Design/methodology/approach ...... in long-term creep tests. Keywords Metallocene catalyzed polypropylene, Viscoelasticity, Viscoplasticity, Creep rupture, Constitutive modeling, Elastoplastic analysis, Viscosity, Creep, Physical properties of materials Paper type Research paper....../methodology/approach – Three series of experiments are conducted where the mechanical response of mPP is analyzed in tensile tests with various strain rates, relaxation tests with various strains, and creep tests with various stresses at room temperature. A constitutive model is derived for semicrystalline polymers under......Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to perform experimental investigation and constitutive modeling of the viscoelastic and viscoplastic behavior of metallocene catalyzed polypropylene (mPP) with application to lifetime assessment under conditions of creep rupture. Design...

  3. Gamma-Irradiation modified polypropylene and nano silver hybrid films: antibacterial activity

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    Oliani, Washigton L.; Alcantara, Mara T.S.; Lima, Luis F.C.P. de; Bueno, Nelson R.; Rogero, Sizue O.; Lugao, Ademar B.; Parra, Duclerc F., E-mail: washoliani@usp.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas Nucleares (IPEN-CNEN/SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Huenuman, Nilton E.L.; Santos, Priscila M. dos [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Dept. of Microbiologia; Riella, Humberto G. [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, SC (Brazil)

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    This paper presents a study of films based on blends of polypropylene (PP) with radiation modified PP and insertion of silver nanoparticles aiming bactericide effect. The use of silver (Ag) gives important antibacterial properties since silver is highly toxic for bacteria. The blend of 50/50 PP and gamma irradiated PP was processed in a twin screw extruder. The polypropylene was processed for five PP-Nanocomposite AgNPs in different concentrations of 0.25%; 0.5%; 1.0%; 2.0% and 4.0% in wt%. The material was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), cytotoxicity assay and reduction colony-forming unit (CFU). The analyzed films showed agglomeration of silver particles and regions with homogeneous distribution of the particles. The interactions of the nano silver bactericidal effect with E. coli and S. aureus were assessed. (author)

  4. Recycling of asbestos tailings used as reinforcing fillers in polypropylene based composites.

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    Zhai, Wensi; Wang, Yao; Deng, Yuan; Gao, Hongli; Lin, Zhen; Li, Mao

    2014-04-15

    In this work, asbestos tailings were recycled and used as reinforcing fillers to enhance the mechanical properties of polypropylene (PP). A silane coupling agent was used to chemically modify the asbestos tailings to increase the compatibility between asbestos tailings and polypropylene matrix. Both raw and chemically treated asbestos tailings with different loading levels (from 3 to 30 wt%) were utilized to fabricate composites. Mechanical properties of these composites have been investigated by dynamic mechanical analysis, tensile test and notched impact test. Results showed that hybridization of asbestos tailings in the composites enhanced the mechanical properties of neat PP evidently, and treated asbestos tailings/PP composites yielded even better mechanical properties compared with those of raw asbestos tailings/PP composites. This recycling method of asbestos tailings not only reduces disposal costs and avoids secondary pollution but also produces a new PP-based composite material with enhanced mechanical properties.

  5. Reinforced polypropylene composites: effects of chemical compositions and particle size.

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    Ashori, Alireza; Nourbakhsh, Amir

    2010-04-01

    In this work, the effects of wood species, particle sizes and hot-water treatment on some physical and mechanical properties of wood-plastic composites were studied. Composites of thermoplastic reinforced with oak (Quercus castaneifolia) and pine (Pinus eldarica) wood were prepared. Polypropylene (PP) and maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MAPP) were used as the polymer matrix and coupling agent, respectively. The results showed that pine fiber had significant effect on the mechanical properties considered in this study. This effect is explained by the higher fiber length and aspect ratio of pine compared to the oak fiber. The hot-water treated (extractive-free) samples, in both wood species, improved the tensile, flexural and impact properties, but increased the water absorption for 24h. This work clearly showed that lignocellulosic materials in both forms of fiber and flour could be effectively used as reinforcing elements in PP matrix. Furthermore, extractives have marked effects on the mechanical and physical properties.

  6. Evaluation of foaming polypropylene modified with ramified polymer

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    Demori, Renan; de Azeredo, Ana Paula; Liberman, Susana A.; Mauler, Raquel S.

    2015-05-01

    Polypropylene foams have great industrial interest because of balanced physical and mechanical properties, recyclability as well as low material cost. During the foaming process, the elongational forces applied to produce the expanded polymer are strong enough to rupture cell walls. As a result, final foam has a high amount of coalesced as well as opened cells which decreases mechanical and also physical properties. To increase melt strength and also avoid the coalescence effect, one of the current solution is blend PP with ramified polymers as well as branched polypropylene (LCBPP) or ethylene-octene copolymer (POE). In this research to provide extensional properties and achieve uniform cellular structures of expanded PP, 20 phr of LCBPP or POE was added into PP matrix. The blend of PP with ramified polymers was prepared by twin-screw extrusion. Injection molding process was used to produce PP foams using azodicarbonamide (ACA) as chemical blowing agent. The morphological results of the expanded PP displayed a non-uniform geometrical cell, apparent density of 0.48 g/cm3 and cell density of 13.9.104 cell/cm3. Otherwise, the expanded PP blended with LCBPP or POE displayed a homogeneous cell structure and increased the amount of smaller cells (50-100 μm of size). The apparent density slightly increased with addition of LCBPP or POE, 0.64 and 0.57 g/cm3, respectively. Thus, the cell density reduced to 65% in PP/LCBPP 100/20 and 75% in the sample PP/POE 100/20 compared to expanded PP. The thermo-mechanical properties (DMTA) of PP showed specific stiffness of 159 MPa.cm-3.g-1, while the sample PP/LCBPP 100/20 increased the stiffness values of 10%. Otherwise, the expanded PP/POE 100/20 decreased the specific stiffness values at -30%, in relation to expanded PP. In summary, blending PP with ramified polymers showed increasing of the homogenous cellular structure as well as the amount of smaller cells in the expanded material.

  7. Polypropylene-(high density polyethylene) precipitation from stirred solutions

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    Esperidião,Maria Cecília Azevedo; Galembeck,Fernando

    1993-01-01

    Texto completo: acesso restrito. p.993–997 The fast precipitation of mixtures of polypropylene (PP) with high density polyethylene (HDPE) from decalin solutions is affected by the stirring rate of the solutions. With fast stirring, two types of precipitates were obtained viz. globules dispersed in the liquid phase and fibres adhering to the stirrer. Studies by i.r., WAXD, DSC and optical microscopy indicated that the fibrous precipitate is more birefringent, richer in HDPE and richer in th...

  8. Heat Transfer of Mineral-Filled Polypropylene Foams

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    Antunes, Marcelo de Sousa Pais; Redondo Realinho, Vera Cristina de; Martínez Benasat, Antonio; Solórzano Quijano, Eusebio; Rodríguez-Pérez, Miguel Ángel; Velasco Perero, José Ignacio

    2010-01-01

    The thermal conductivity of unfilled polypropylene foams produced using different foaming processes has previously been demonstrated to be mainly affected by the foam’s bulk density [1]. The influence of adding inorganic particles is now studied, with the thermal conductivity of the mineral-filled PP foams being determined using the Transient Plane Source Method (TPS). To this end, two different fillers were used. The incorporation of high amounts (50 and 70 wt.%) of magnesium ...

  9. Rheological Behavior for Mica-filled Polypropylene Composite Melts

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    Yan Xia CAO; Miao DU; Qiang ZHENG

    2004-01-01

    The study on rheological properties of a series of mica-filled polypropylene ( PP ) composites was carried out. The influence of surface-treatment of mica particles on dynamic rheological behavior of the composites were dealt with. The viscosity ( η ) and dynamic modulus ( G′ ) of the composite melts were higher than those of PP matrix, especially those for systems treated with silane, which was attributed to the interfacial adhesion enhancement. However, surface-treatment of mica by titanate resulted in lower η and G′, as compared with the treatment by silane. The reason for this is believed to be the formation of the mono-molecular layer on the mica surface.

  10. Comparison of the performance of masterbatch and liquid color concentrates for mass coloration of polypropylene

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    Haastrup, Sonja; Yu, Donghong; Broch, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    The properties of polypropylene (PP) mixed with masterbatch (MB) and liquid color concentrates (LCC), respectively, were compared by preparing samples of PP with MB and PP with LCC and neat PP as a reference material using 1–4 extrusion cycles. Two colors were examined, i.e., a white color...... consisting of pigment white 6, and a green color consisting of pigment white 6, pigment blue 15:3, and pigment green 7. The color difference between PP prepared with MB and LCC was determined and the mechanical, rheological, and crystalline properties of PP prepared with MB and LCC were found to be generic....... The color of PP obtained from MB and LCC were comparable. Further, it was found that the tensile strength, the viscosity, and the crystal structure obtained were similar when using LCC instead of MB. The viscosity of the treated PP generally decreased with increasing extruder retention time due to thermal...

  11. Influence of Rubber Powders on Foaming Behavior and Mechanical Properties of Foamed Polypropylene Composites

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    HE Yue

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Polypropylene/rubber powders composites with different kinds of rubber powders were foamed by injection molding machine equipped with volume-adjustable cavity. The effect of dispersity of rubber powders and crystallization behavior of composites on the foaming behavior and mechanical properties was investigated. The results show that the addition of rubber powders can improve the cell structure of foamed PP with fine and uniform cell distribution. And cell density and size of PP/PP-MAH/NBR foams are 7.64×106cell/cm3 and 29.78μm respectively, which are the best among these foams. Combining cell structures with mechanical properties, notch impact strength of PP/PP-MAH/CNBR composites increases approximately by 2.2 times while tensile strength is reduced just by 26% compared with those of the pure PP. This indicates that PP/PP-MAH/CNBR composites are ideal foamed materials.

  12. Effect of maleated polypropylene emulsion on the mechanical and thermal properties of lignin-polypropylene blends

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    Abdelwahab, Mohamed; Misra, Manjusri; Mohanty, Amar

    2015-05-01

    The increasing oil rates and environmental concerns of the use of synthetic or petroleum-based polymers has newly led to a growing attention in eco-friendly materials. Lignin has received much attention as a novel eco-friendly material due to its abundant availability and its potential as a low-cost filler. Biobased blends from polypropylene (PP) and lignin were fabricated by extrusion followed by injection moulding. In order to improve the compatibility of the polar lignin and the non-polar matrix PP, three different maleated PP emulsions, namely ME91735 (nonionic PP emulsion), ME42035 (cationic water based emulsion of polyolefin waxes) and PP286 (containing 1-5% N,N-ethylethanolamine) were used as coupling agents. The mechanical properties such as tensile and flexural strength as well as tensile and flexural modulus of the blends were improved by using lignin treated with 2.5 wt.% of the emulsions. However, the elongation at break decreased in the case of the lignin treated with ME91735 and ME42035 as compared to the untreated lignin. The morphological and thermal properties of the blends were also studied.

  13. Polymorphic Behavior of Syndiotactic Polypropylene Induced by Heat Treatment

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    2001-01-01

    The polymorphic behavior of syndiotactic polypropylene (s-PP) crystallized from the melt under different conditions was investigated by means of WAXD and DSC. The isothermal melt crystallization of s-PP proceeded in form I at tc≥110 ℃ and in form Ⅱ at tc<110 ℃. S-PP crystallized nonisothermally from the melt was the mixture of forms Ⅰ and Ⅱ. With increasing the cooling rate(a), the content of form I increased, and the content of form Ⅱ decreased. On heating, at 10 K/min, of quenched s-PP, it crystallized in form Ⅱ at t<70 ℃, continuing heating resulted in form Ⅱ→form I transition, which was an endothermal process.

  14. Preparation and Performance of Continuous Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Composite Honeycomb Sandwich Panels

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    Chen Ke

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available As the light-weight and high-strength thermoplastic composites, novel honeycomb sandwich panels were discussed in this paper: continuous glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (GF/PP laminated sheets were used as the surface and polypropylene (PP honeycomb was used as the core. The effects of honeycomb core’s height, thickness and aperture on the mechanical properties were analyzed in this paper. The composite honeycomb sandwich panels exhibited excellent bending strength at 37.6MPa and lateral pressure strength at 25.8MPa.

  15. Thermal analysis of polypropylene modified by gamma irradiation composites under outdoor conditions

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    Komatsu, Luiz G.H.; Oliani, Washington L.; Lugao, Ademar B.; Parra, Duclerc F., E-mail: dfparra@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    This work reports the influence of the clay in the degradation process of the HMSPP.The polypropylene (PP) was irradiated under acetylene atmosphere in gamma irradiation source ({sup 60}Co) to obtain the HMSPP (high melt strength polypropylene). Composites of HMSPP were processed in twin-screw extruder with clay Cloisite 20A and Maleic Anhydride (PP-g-MA) as coupling agent. The obtained composites were exposed under outdoor conditions for 6 months. The ageing effects were characterized by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetry Analysis (TGA). Chemical oxidation was evaluated by Carbonyl Index (IC) through infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR). The results showed correlation between carbonyl index and ageing time. (author)

  16. The Application of Novel Polypropylene to the Insulation of Electric Power Cable (3)

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    Kurahashi, Kiyoshi; Matsuda, Yoshiji; Miyashita, Yoshitsugu; Demura, Tsuyoshi; Ueda, Asakiyo; Yoshino, Katsumi

    Having higher melting temperature than polyethylene, polypropylene has been expected as insulation material for power cable. But isotactic polypropylene used generally is unsuitable as cable insulation because it shows poor flexibility, low breakdown strength due to growing spherulites, and so on. But stereoregular syndiotactic polypropylene (s-PP) newly developed with metallocene catalyst shows quite different properties from i-PP. The authors had investigated the basic properties of s-PP and the initial properties as a cable which was manufactured using s-PP insulation, in the previous paper. As the results of this, it was revealed that s-PP had superior thermal and electrical properties to cross-linked polyethylene and the s-PP insulation cable showed satisfactory initial properties. However, in order to apply to an actual cable, the properties must be maintainable over 30 years after construction. In this paper, we estimated the long term and remaining properties for s-PP insulation cable. A series of experiments on long term properties gave following results. (1) S-PP cable shows longer life over 30 years. (2) The breakdown strength of s-PP cable after long term experiment equal to 30 years is slightly lower than initial breakdown strength, but it’s sufficient as remaining property. Furthermore, water-tree resistivity of s-PP was investigated and it was revealed that s-PP significantly suppressed the water tree propagation compared with XLPE. These results suggested that s-PP cable would be available as next generation cable.

  17. Dynamic-mechanical analysis and SEM morphology of wood flour/polypropylene composites

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    GUO Chui-gen; SONG Yong-ming; WANG Qing-wen; SHEN Chang-sheng

    2006-01-01

    A study was conducted to investigate the effects of compatibilizers, including Maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MA-PP) and maleic anhydride grafted ethylene-propylene-diene copolymer (MA-EPDM), on wood-flour/polypropylene (WF/PP) composites. WF/PP composites were prepared by direct extrusion profiles using a twin-screw/single-screw extruder system. DMA analysis showed that the loss factor of composites decreased and the storage modulus improved in the presence of MA-PP, which indicated much better interfacial adhesion between the PP matrix and wood flour filler than in the absence of compatibilizer. Morphological feature based on SEM observation showed that MA-PP and MA-EPDM improved the dispersion of the wood particles in the plastic matrix. MA-EPDM is a soft segment, although it improved the interfacial adhesion, storage modulus decreases with adding of MA-EPDM. As compatibilizer of wood-flour/polypropylene composites, both DMA analysis and SEM feature proved that MA-PP was superior to MA-EPDM.

  18. Effect of Polypropylene Fibers on the Long-term Tensile Strength of Concrete

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    YAO Wu; ZHONG Wenhui

    2007-01-01

    The influence of low volume fraction of polypropylene(PP) fibers on the tensile properties of normal and high strength concretes was studied. The experimental results indicate that the addition of PP fibers in concrete leads to a reduction in tensile strength during the age of 28 d. Whereas, after 28 days, there is a notable effect in tensile strength due to PP fibers restraining the formation and growth of microcracks in concrete, which improves the continuity and integrality of concrete structure. Thus, a low volume fraction of PP fibers is beneficial to enhancing the long-term tensile strength of concrete materials and improving the durability of concrete structures.

  19. Physical and Thermal Characterization of Alkali Treated Rice Husk Reinforced Polypropylene Composites

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    Ismat Zerin Luna

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Rice husk (RH reinforced polypropylene- (PP- based composites were prepared by compression molding. The RH was treated with sodium hydroxide solution (1 wt%; then composites were prepared using varying percentages of RH (5 to 20 wt%. The thermomechanical, spectroscopic, and morphological properties of the prepared composites (RH-PP were investigated. The scanning electron microscopic (SEM analysis showed better interfacial adhesion between alkali treated RH and the matrix PP. The Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR spectra confirmed the chemical bonding.The results revealed that physical properties as well as thermal stability of the composites improved significantly with the addition of alkali treated RH in PP matrix.

  20. Foaming Behavior of Polypropylene/Nano-Montmorillonite/High-Melt-Strength Polypropylene Composite%聚丙烯/纳米蒙脱土/高熔体强度聚丙烯复合材料的发泡行为水

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    高长云; 辛振祥; 段有顺

    2011-01-01

    The liner polypropylene/organically-modified nano-montmorillonite (PP/nano-OMMT)composite was synthesized by means of melt intercalation in twin-screw extruder. By adding a mount of high-melt-strength polypropylene (HMS-PP) to PP/nano-OMMT composites, the compress molded PP foams were studied by SEM micrographs. The results showed that the cell morphology improved obviously, cell density increased and the cell coalescence or rupture improved with the addition of HMS-PP.%利用线性聚丙烯(PP)和有机化处理的纳米蒙脱土(OMMT)在双螺杆挤出机上用熔融插层法制备PP/纳米OMMT 复合材料.通过在PP/纳米OMMT复合材料中加入少量的高熔体强度聚丙烯(HMS-PP),以模压发泡法制备了PP/0MMT和PP/HMs-PP/0MMT复合材料的发泡制品.利用扫描电镜研究了高熔体强度聚丙烯对PP/纳米0MMT复合材料发泡行为的影响.研究结果表明:HMS-PP的加入明显改善了PP的发泡性能,所得的泡孔密度增大,泡孔的合并现象明显改善.

  1. Radiation effects on the foaming of atactic polypropylene with supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Yang, Chenguang; Zhe, Xing; Zhang, Mingxing; Wang, Mouhua; Wu, Guozhong

    2017-02-01

    Atactic polypropylene (PP) samples with melt flow indices (MFI) of 7.0 g/10 min were irradiated and then foamed with supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2). A detailed investigation was carried out to understand the effect of radiation on the scCO2 foaming of polypropylene. Variations in the molecular weight, branching degree, crystallinity, and melting and crystallization temperatures of irradiated PP were investigated. The cell diameter, cell density, volume expansion ratio and foaming rate were analyzed in detail under different conditions. It was found that the cell structure of PP foam became more uniform and the foaming temperature window increased to 10 °C. This compares favorably to the 4 °C observed with pristine atactic PP. The best cell morphology was observed at a dose of 30 kGy. The corresponding average diameter and cell density were 16.4 μ m and 5.7×107 cells/cm3, respectively.

  2. A Phenomenological Thermal-Mechanical Viscoelastic Constitutive Modeling for Polypropylene Wood Composites

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    Xiongqi Peng

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a phenomenological thermal-mechanical viscoelastic constitutive modeling for polypropylene wood composites. Polypropylene (PP wood composite specimens are compressed at strain rates from 10−4 to 10−2 s−1 and at temperature of , , and , respectively. The mechanical responses are shown to be sensitive both to strain rate and to temperature. Based on the Maxwell viscoelastic model, a nonlinear thermal-mechanical viscoelastic constitutive model is developed for the PP wood composite by decoupling the effect of temperature with that of the strain rate. Corresponding viscoelastic parameters are obtained through curve fitting with experimental data. Then the model is used to simulate thermal compression of the PP wood composite. The predicted theoretical results coincide quite well with experimental data. The proposed constitutive model is then applied to the thermoforming simulation of an automobile interior part with the PP wood composites.

  3. Effects of antistatic agent on the mechanical, morphological and antistatic properties of polypropylene/organo-montmorillonite nanocomposites

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    Full Text Available Polypropylene (PP and PP/organo-montmorillonite (OMMT compounds containing antistatic agent (3, 6 and 9 wt% were prepared using co-rotating twin screw extruder followed by injection molding. PP/OMMT composites were prepared by mixing of PP, OMMT and maleated PP (PPgMAH. The mechanical properties of PP blends and PP/OMMT nanocomposites were studied by tensile and impact tests. The effect of antistatic agent (AA on the surface resistivity of PP and PP/OMMT nanocomposites were studied. The morphological properties of PP blends and PP/OMMT nanocomposites were characterized by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM. The intercalation of OMMT silicates layer in PP nanocomposites was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD. The impact strength of PP blends and PP/OMMT nanocomposites did not vary significantly by the addition of antistatic agent. The tensile modulus and tensile strength of PP/OMMT nanocomposites were slightly decreased with the increasing loading of antistatic agents. From FESEM analysis, the dispersion of antistatic agent in the PP matrix can be revealed. In addition, the surface resistivity of PP/OMMT compound was affected by the loading of antistatic agent. XRD results indicated the formation of intercalated nanocomposites for PP/OMMT/AA.

  4. Preparation and Characterization of Polypropylene / MWCNT Dispersions

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    Pujari, Saswati; Burghardt, Wesley; Ramanathan, Thillaiyan; Brinson, L. Catherine; Kasimatis, Kosmas; Torkelson, John

    2008-03-01

    Dispersions of multiwall carbon nanotubes in polypropylene are prepared via melt batch mixing and solid-state shear pulverization, and characterized via linear viscoelastic measurements, SEM, polypropylene crystallization kinetics, electrical conductivity and dynamic mechanical analysis. Increasing the intensity or duration of the melt mixing leads to higher dispersion, evidenced by increases in a low-frequency elastic plateau and accelerated PP crystallization kinetics attributed to more effective heterogeneous nucleation. The sample prepared by pulverization exhibits faster crystallization kinetics than any of the melt blended samples, but in contrast shows no measurable low frequency elastic plateau. Electrical conductivity measurements similarly show higher conductivity in melt blended samples. This may be attributable to scission of the nanotubes during pulverization, such that even well dispersed tubes cannot form an entangled network at a given concentration. At the same time, pulverized composites show marked increase in stiffness at low loadings, indicating that tube scission due to pulverization is not catastrophic. Conversely, long mixing times required in melt blending cause substantial thermal degradation of the polymer matrix with a corresponding loss of mechanical properties.

  5. STUDIES ON THE INTERFACIAL ADHESION BETWEEN FUNCTIONALIZED POLYPROPYLENE AND POLYAMIDE 1010

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    Xiao-min Zhang; Zhihui Yin; Yongxian Song; Jinghua Yin

    1999-01-01

    The interface behavior of polyamide 1010 (PA1010) and polypropylene (PP) was studied. In order to improve their interfacial adhesion, functional PP was prepared by means of grafting glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) on PP main chains and used instead of plain PP. Several technological characterizations were performed here on their interfaces. ESCA was used to confirm that some kind of reaction occurred between end groups of PA1010 and epoxy species of PP-g-GMA. The peel test was adopted to measure interfacial adhesion. It was found that the fracture energy of interfaces between PA1010 and PP-g-GMA was dramatically increased with the content of GMA. Their interfaces were observed as being blurred by using SEM and TEM and a crack that could be seen in the case of the interfaces of the PA1010 and the plain PP disappeared.

  6. Sorption of heavy metals on a chitosan-grafted-polypropylene nonwoven geotextile

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    Vandenbossche M.; Jimenez M.; Casetta M.; Bellayer S.; Bourbigot S.; Traisnel M.

    2013-01-01

    This work describes the development of an environmental friendly functionalized polypropylene nonwoven geotextile (PP) in order to trap heavy metals in sediments and sludges. Chitosan was chosen as the sorbent because of its ability to trap heavy metals, of its natural origin (from shells), and of its low cost. PP was first functionalized with acrylic acid using a cold plasma process, in order to bring some reactive carboxylic functions onto the surface. Chitosan was then covalently grafted o...

  7. CRYSTALLIZATION KINETICS OF SYNDIOTACTIC POLYPROPYLENE STUDIED BY TIME-DEPENDENT LIGHT ATTENUATION

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    Hui-ying Wen; Shi-chun Jiang; Yong-feng Men; Li-jia An

    2008-01-01

    Crystallization kinetics of syndiotactic polypropylene (sPP) was observed by light attenuation measurements.The initial stages of temperature dependent sPP crystallization fall in the range of Rayleigh scattering and Rayleigh-Debye-Gans scattering. Initial time and growth time of crystallization were obtained, and the trend of crystallization temperaturedependent linear attenuation coefficient on the radius and the index of the refraction of the spherulite were evaluated.

  8. Influence of Spinning Technology on Dye Uptake of Modified Polypropylene Fiber

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    张瑜; 朱美芳; 俞成丙; 陈彦模

    2001-01-01

    By adding small amount of olefin polymer additive, the dyeability of polypropylene fiber can be improved.Research results show that the improvement of dyeing performance of modified PP fiber is mainly due to the formation of looser structure of PP matrix and the microchannels among additive particles in blended fiber. The dye uptake of drawn fibers decreases with drawing ratios obviously and changes with temperature of heat plate and heat roller a little.

  9. Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Isotactic Polypropylene/TiO2 Particulate Composites

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    2001-01-01

    Particulate composites based on isotactic polypropylene(iPP) and titanium dioxide(TiO2) have been prepared and their morphology and thermal behavior investigated by scan-ning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermo-gravimetric analysis(TGA). Tensile tests were performed to assess the influence of TiO2 onthe mechanical properties of the iPP.

  10. Polypropylene Biocomposites with Boron Nitride and Nanohydroxyapatite Reinforcements.

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    Chan, Kai Wang; Wong, Hoi Man; Yeung, Kelvin Wai Kwok; Tjong, Sie Chin

    2015-03-10

    In this study, we develop binary polypropylene (PP) composites with hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) nanoplatelets and ternary hybrids reinforced with hBN and nanohydroxyapatite (nHA). Filler hybridization is a sound approach to make novel nanocomposites with useful biological and mechanical properties. Tensile test, osteoblastic cell culture and dimethyl thiazolyl diphenyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay were employed to investigate the mechanical performance, bioactivity and biocompatibility of binary PP/hBN and ternary PP/hBN-nHA composites. The purpose is to prepare biocomposite nanomaterials with good mechanical properties and biocompatibility for replacing conventional polymer composites reinforced with large hydroxyapatite microparticles at a high loading of 40 vol%. Tensile test reveals that the elastic modulus of PP composites increases, while tensile elongation decreases with increasing hBN content. Hybridization of hBN with nHA further enhances elastic modulus of PP. The cell culture and MTT assay show that osteoblastic cells attach and proliferate on binary PP/hBN and ternary PP/hBN-20%nHA nanocomposites.

  11. Polypropylenes foam consisting of thermally expandable microcapsule as blowing agent

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    Jeoung, Sun Kyung; Hwang, Ye Jin; Lee, Hyun Wook; Kwak, Sung Bok; Han, In-Soo; Ha, Jin Uk

    2016-03-01

    The structure of thermally expandable microcapsule (TEMs) is consisted of a thermoplastic shell which is filled with liquid hydrocarbon at core. The shell of TEMs becomes soft when the temperature is higher than boiling temperature of liquid hydrocarbon. The shell of TEMs is expanded under the high temperature because the inner pressure of TEMs is increased by vaporization of hydrocarbon core. Therefore, the TEMs are applicable for blowing agents and light weight fillers. In this research, we fabricated the polypropylene (PP) foam by using the TEMs and chemical blowing agents and compared to their physical properties. The density of the specimen was decreased when the contents of chemical blowing agents and TEMs were increased. In addition, the mechanical properties (i.e. tensile strength and impact strength) of specimens were deteriorated with increasing amount of chemical blowing agents and TEMs. However, PP foam produced with TEMs showed higher impact strength than the one with the chemical blowing agent. In order to clarify the dependence of impact strength of PP foam as the blowing agent, the morphology difference of the PP foams was investigated. Expanding properties of PP foams produced with TEMs was changed with TEMs content of PP foams. Processing conditions also influenced the mechanical properties of PP foam containing TEMs.

  12. Effects of surface modification of talc on mechanical properties of polypropylene/talc composites

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    Liu, Keyan; Stadlbauer, Wolfgang; Zitzenbacher, Gernot; Paulik, Christian; Burgstaller, Christoph

    2016-03-01

    Low compatibility of polymer matrix and dispersed filler negatively affects the performance of polymeric composites. In order to improve the adhesion between the components in a compound the polymer matrix or/and the filler particles should be modified with a compatibilizer or/and a coupling agent. An overview of our current research on the effect of the addition of silane treated and untreated talc powders on the mechanical properties of polypropylene/talc composites is presented in this paper. Different silane coupling agents (3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane, 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane) were used to improve the adhesion at the surface of talc powders. Maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene was utilized to increase the adhesion between the polypropylene matrix and talc powders. The content of maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MA-g-PP) was varied between 1 and 5 wt% in polypropylene/talc composites. The surface modification of talc powders has a significant effect on the interfacial structure and the mechanical properties such as tensile strength and impact strength of polypropylene/talc composites. The experiments show that polypropylene grafted with maleic anhydride together with silane surface treatment exhibits the highest potential for improvements in this field.

  13. Biocomposites from abaca strands and polypropylene. Part I: Evaluation of the tensile properties.

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    Vilaseca, Fabiola; Valadez-Gonzalez, Alex; Herrera-Franco, Pedro J; Pèlach, M Angels; López, Joan Pere; Mutjé, Pere

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, abaca strands were used as reinforcement of polypropylene matrix and their tensile mechanical properties were studied. It was found relevant increments on the tensile properties of the abaca strand-PP composites despite the lack of good adhesion at fiber-matrix interface. Afterwards, it was stated the influence of using maleated polypropylene (MAPP) as compatibilizer to promote the interaction between abaca strands and polypropylene. The intrinsic mechanical properties of the reinforcement were evaluated and used for modeling both the tensile strength and elastic modulus of the composites. For these cases, the compatibility factor for the ultimate tensile strength was deduced from the modified rule of mixtures. Additionally, the experimental fiber orientation coefficient was measured, allowing determining the interfacial shear strengths of the composites and the critical fiber length of the abaca strand reinforcement. The mechanical improvement was compared to that obtained for fiberglass-reinforced PP composites and evaluated under an economical and technical point of view.

  14. Characterization of the Microstructure Changes of Polypropylene Induced by Pan-milling

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    卢灿辉; 王琪

    2002-01-01

    The microstructure changes of polypropylene induced by a complex combination of shearing, friction, compression and stretching actions during pan-milling were revealed by spectroscopic techniques. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the structure of polypropylene transferred from crystal into amorphous after undergoing enough milling operation. No transformation between crystal forms was observed. The study of the high-frequency region of the Raman spectrum between 2800 and 3100cm-1 of polypropylene indicated that molecular motion and chain deformation of PP led to amorphization and deterioration of packing regularity during pan-milling. By co-panmilling PP with bis-(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-piperidinyl) sebacate under ambient condition, ESR signals of free radicals formed by mechanochemical scission of main chain were observed, and an increase of ESR intensity with milling was detected.

  15. Plasma enhanced modification of TMP fiber and its effect on tensile strength of wood fiber/PP composite

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    Sangyeob Lee; Todd F. Shupe; Chung Y. Hse

    2009-01-01

    Plasma-assisted surface treatment on thermomechanical pulp (TMP) fiber and polypropylene (PP) film was investigated to obtain interfacial adhesion at the wood fiber and PP interface. A metal plate between electrodes prevented thermal damage to the TMP fiber handsheets and PP film. Oxygen-plasma treatment provided better surface activation on the TMP fiber and...

  16. Interaction and release of catechin from anhydride maleic-grafted polypropylene films.

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    López de Dicastillo, Carol; Castro-López, Maria Del Mar; Lasagabaster, Aurora; López-Vilariño, Jose M; González-Rodríguez, M Victoria

    2013-04-24

    In this paper, investigations were carried out on catechin-loaded maleic anhydride (MAH)-modified polypropylenes (PP). Two maleic-modified polypropylenes (PPMAH) with different maleic concentrations have been blended with PP and catechin to obtain composites of improved catechin retention with the aim of studying the possible interactions between these grafted polymers with antioxidants, and a secondary interest in developing an active antioxidant packaging. Composite physicochemical properties were measured by thermal analysis (thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and oxidation induction time (OIT)) and infrared spectroscopy studies. Catechin release profiles into food simulants were obtained by HPLC-PDA-QqQ, following European legislation. Antiradical activity of composites was analyzed by the ABTS and DPPH method. The formation of intermolecular hydrogen bonds between catechin and functionalized PP has been confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) studies. Besides, a small fraction of ester bonds, formed as a result of a chemical reaction between a fraction of the hydrolyzed anhydride and the catechin hydroxyl groups, is not discarded. OIT results also showed an increase in antioxidant effectiveness caused by the presence of catechin- and maleic-modified PPMAH in the blend formulations. Incorporation of MAH-grafted PP increased substantially the retention rate of catechin, being dependent on the MAH content of the grafted polypropylene. The described interactions between catechin and maleic groups, together with changes in PP morphology in comparison with reference PP explained lower antioxidant release. Besides formulation, antioxidant release was dependent on the type of food, the temperature, and the time.

  17. Polypropylene/Layered Double Hydroxide (LDH) Nanocomposites: Influence of LDH Particle Size on the Crystallization Behavior of Polypropylene.

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    Nagendra, Baku; Mohan, Kiran; Gowd, E Bhoje

    2015-06-17

    Highly dispersed isotactic polypropylene (iPP) nanocomposites were prepared by incorporating two different sized Mg-Al LDH nanoparticles with different loadings from 1 to 10 wt % using a modified solvent mixing method. Larger sized LDH nanoparticles (∼3-4 μm) were prepared from the gel form of Mg-Al LDH, and the smaller sized nanoparticles (∼50-200 nm) were prepared by sonication of as-synthesized LDH particles. Such obtained LDH nanoparticles were carefully characterized using wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. WAXD and atomic force microscopy results indicate that the LDH nanoparticles were highly dispersed in the iPP matrix. The influence of LDH nanoparticles size and concentration on the thermal stability, spherulitic morphology, melting behavior, isothermal crystallization kinetics, and lamellar structure of iPP were investigated. Incorporation of low loadings of sonicated LDH particles (e.g., 1-2.5 wt %) show substantial effect on thermal stability, spherulite size, crystallinity, and crystallization half-time and lamellar morphology of iPP compared to the pure iPP and that of nanocomposites with larger LDH particles with same loadings. The better nucleation ability of iPP in the presence of sonicated LDH can be attributed to the high surface area of LDH nanoparticles along with its better dispersibility within the polymer matrix. The incorporation of LDH nanoparticles does not change the crystallization growth mechanism and crystal structure of iPP.

  18. Rheological study of polypropylene irradiated with polyfunctional monomers

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    Otaguro, H.; Rogero, S. O.; Yoshiga, A.; Lima, L. F. C. P.; Parra, D. F.; Artel, B. W. H.; Lugão, A. B.

    2007-12-01

    The aim of this paper is to investigate the rheological properties of polypropylene (PP) modified by ionization radiation (gamma rays) in the presence of two different monomers. The samples were mixed in a twin-screw extruder with ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) or trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate (TMPTMA) with concentration in the range of 0.5-5.0 mmol. After that, they were irradiated with 20 kGy dose of gamma radiation. The structural modification of polypropylene was analyzed in the melt state by measuring melt flow rate (MFR), η* (complex viscosity) and G' (storage modulus) in the angular frequency range of 10 -1 to 3 × 10 2 rad s -1. From the oscillatory rheology data, one could obtain the values of η0 (zero shear viscosity) that would be related to the molar mass. All results were discussed with respect to the crosslinking and degradation process that occur in the post-reactor treatment to produce controlled rheology polypropylene. The resulting polymeric materials were submitted the cytotoxicity in vitro test by neutral red uptake methodology with NCTC L 929 cell line from American Type Culture Collection bank. All modified PP samples presented no cytotoxicity.

  19. The effects of fiber length and fiber loading on the mechanical properties of wood-plastic (polypropylene) composites

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    BASIJI, Farshid; SAFDARI, Vahidreza; NOURBAKHSH, Amir; Pilla, Srikanth

    2014-01-01

    This study examined the effects of wood pulp fiber length (short, medium, and long), and fiber loading (27%, 37%, 47%, and 0% [non-reinforced PP]) with 3% maleic anhydride-grafted polypropylene on the mechanical properties of wood-plastic composites (WPCs). Polypropylene and fibers were compounded into pellets using a counter-rotating twin-screw extruder and test specimens were prepared by injection molding. The results show that increases in fiber length and fiber loading significantly incre...

  20. Spatially Resolved Characterization of Cellulose Nanocrystal-Polypropylene Composite by Confocal Raman Microscopy

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    Umesh P. Agarwal; Ronald Sabo; Richard S. Reiner; Craig M. Clemons; Alan W. Rudie

    2012-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy was used to analyze cellulose nanocrystal (CNC)–polypropylene (PP) composites and to investigate the spatial distribution of CNCs in extruded composite filaments. Three composites were made from two forms of nanocellulose (CNCs from wood pulp and the nanoscale fraction of microcrystalline cellulose) and two of the three composites investigated used...

  1. Chapter 1.4: Spatially Resolved Characterization of CNC-Polypropylene composite by Confocal Raman Microscopy

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    Umesh Agarwal; Ronald Sabo; Richard Reiner; Craig Clemons; Alan Rudie

    2013-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy was used to analyze cellulose nanocrystal (CNC)-polypropylene (PP) composites and to investigate the spatial distribution of CNCs in extruded composite filaments. Three composites were made from two forms of nanocellulose (CNCs from wood pulp and the nanoscale fraction of microcrystalline cellulose), and two of the three composites...

  2. BEHAVIOR OF CHO CELLS ON MODIFIED POLYPROPYLENE BY LOW TEMPERATURE AMMONIA PLASMA

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    ZHANG Hong; YU Yaoting; PAN Jilun; XU Yuanping; ZHU Hesun

    2001-01-01

    The surface of polypropylene (PP) membrane was modified by low temperature plasma with ammonia. The effect of exposure time was investigated by means of contact angle measurement. The results show that low temperature ammonia plcsma treatment can enhance its hydrophilicity. Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells attachment on the modified membrane was enhanced and the growth rate on the membrane was faster than unmodified one.

  3. Histological assessment of titanium and polypropylene fiber mesh implantation with and without fibrin tissue glue

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    Hallers, E.J.O. ten; Jansen, J.A.; Marres, H.A.M.; Rakhorst, G.; Verkerke, G.J.

    2007-01-01

    Polypropylene (PP) and titanium (Ti) meshes are well-known surgical implants that provoke a relative low foreign body reaction. Firm stabilization of the implant is important to prevent migration and subsequent failure of the operation. Fibrin tissue glues are commercially available adhesives and ar

  4. Evaluation of the mechanical and thermal properties of coffee tree wood flour - polypropylene composites

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    Columbian coffee trees are subject to frequent replacement plantings due to disease and local climate changes which makes them an ideal source of wood fibers for wood plastic composites (WPC). Composites of polypropylene (PP) consisting of 25% and 40% by weight of coffee wood flour (CF) and 0% or 5%...

  5. A new crystallization process in polypropylene highly filled with calcium carbonate

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    Schawe, Jurgen E.K.; Vermeulen, Paul A.; van Drongelen, Martin

    2015-01-01

    The influence of high amounts of calcium carbonate filler on the crystallization behavior of polypropylene (PP) is investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and fast scanning DSC measurements. The non-isothermal crystallization process at industrially relevant cooling rates of about

  6. Impregnation of a glass fibre roving with a polypropylene melt in a pin assisted process

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    Gaymans, R.J.; Wevers, E.

    1998-01-01

    The impregnation of a glass fibre bundle with a polypropylene (PP) melt is studied with a pin assisted process. A fibre is pulled over a pin, which is positioned in a chamber filled with a melt. The melt is at atmospheric pressure. The impregnation rate is studied as a function of size of the pin,

  7. Preparation and thermal behaviour of a series of liquid wood-polypropylene composites

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    Blanco, Ignazio; Cicala, Gianluca; Latteri, Alberta; Saccullo, Giuseppe

    2016-05-01

    Liquid Wood (a mixture of cellulose, hemp, fax and lignin) was used to prepare, by mechanical mixing followed by thermal extrusion, blends of various Polypropylene (PP)/Liquid Wood ratios. To verify if and how much the composition of the obtained composites affects their thermal properties Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) experiments were carried out.

  8. Superhydrophobic Properties of Nanotextured Polypropylene Foils Fabricated by Roll-to-Roll Extrusion Coating

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    Telecka, Agnieszka; Murthy, Swathi; Sun, Ling

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate the use of roll-to-roll extrusion coating (R2R-EC) for fabrication of nanopatterned polypropylene (PP) foils with strong antiwetting properties. The antiwetting nanopattern is originated from textured surfaces fabricated on silicon wafers by a single-step method of reactive ion...

  9. Fatigue mechanisms in unidirectional glass-fibre-reinforced polypropylene

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    Gamstedt, E.K.; Berglund, L.A.; Peijs, T.

    1999-01-01

    of interfacial strength on fatigue performance and on the underlying micromechanisms have been studied for these composite systems. Tension-tension fatigue tests (R = 0.1) were carried out on 0 degrees glass-fibre/PP and glass-fibre/ MA-PP coupons. The macroscopic fatigue behaviour was characterized in terms...... of stiffness reduction and fatigue-life curves. The results showed that the longitudinal Young's modulus degraded more rapidly for glass-fibre/PP, which was caused by a higher degree of damage growth and accumulation. The improvement in monotonic strength was negligible, but the fatigue life was prolonged...... by about one decade for the composite with the stronger interface by use of the maleic-anhydride grafted polypropylene matrix. During the fatigue testing, the microscopic mechanisms were monitored intermittently by a surface replication technique. From microscopic observations, it could be concluded...

  10. Thermal Degradation and Combustion Behavior of Polypropylene/MWCNT Composites

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    Zaikov, G. E.; Rakhimkulov, A. D.; Lomakin, S. M.; Dubnikova, I. L.; Shchegolikhin, A. N.; Davidov, E. Ya.

    2010-06-01

    Studies of thermal and fire-resistant properties of the polypropylene/multi-walled carbon nanotube composites (PP/MWCNT) prepared by means of melt intercalation are discussed. The sets of the data acquired with the aid of non-isothermal TG experiments have been treated by the model kinetic analysis. The thermal-oxidative degradation behavior of PP/MWCNT and stabilizing effect caused by addition of MWCNT has been investigated by means of TGA and EPR spectroscopy. The results of cone calorimetric tests lead to the conclusion that char formation plays a key role in the mechanism of flame retardation for nanocomposites. This could be explained by the specific antioxidant properties and high thermal conductivity of MWCNT which determine high-performance carbonization during thermal degradation process. Comparative analysis of the flammability characteristics for PP-clay/MWCNT nanocomposites was provided in order to emphasize the specific behavior of the nanocomposites under high-temperature tests.

  11. Aqueous Processes for Dyeing Generic, Unmodified Polypropylene Fiber

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    Murari L. Gupta

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Acid leuco vat dyeings of polypropylene (PP fabrics in combinations of a trichromatic series of colorants (red, yellow and blue plus an orange were performed in order to determine the compatibility of the component colorants in the developed single stage, batch exhaust dyeing process reported earlier. Cross-section micrographs of dyed fibers revealed the absence of "ring-dyeing". Tensile tests and X-ray crystallinity results confirmed that the developed dyeing process did not significantly alter the tensile strength and modulus of the dyed PP textiles. PP fabrics dyed with simulated, continuous acid vat dyeing processes (pad-steam and pad-dry heat demonstrated good color yields and levelness with adequate fastness to crocking, washing and dry cleaning.

  12. Preparation of Intumescent Flame Retardant Polypropylene composite through Solid State Mechanochemical Method

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    CHEN Ying-hong; WANG Qi

    2004-01-01

    Polypropylene (PP), with characteristics of good mechanical properties, good resistance to water and low cost, has been widely used in many fields such as building, transport, furniture and electrical industries. However, a fateful drawback of polypropylene is its high flammability,restricting its wider applications. Addition of flame retardants is an effective way to improve its flame retardancy. An effective halogen-free flame retardant system used is the mixture of melamine, ammounium phosphate and pentaerythritol (intumescent flame retardant). But how to enhance the dispersion of this mixture in polypropylene matrix is a big problem. A self-made mechanochemical reactor, pan type milling equipment, can exert strong shear and squeeze forces,and has good mixing function. As a result, a uniform dispersion of flame retardants in the polymer matrix can be expectably obtained by using this equipment.In this paper, flame-retarded Polypropylene (PP) composites with intumescent flame retardant (IFR) were prepared via solid state mechanochemical method (pan-mill) and conventional method (twin-roll masticator) respectively. Particle diameter analysis, melt flow index (MFI), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize these composites, and the mechanical properties and flame retardancy were also determined. The experimental results showed that the blend of PP and IFR were effectively pulverized from 3~4 mm to less than 300i m under the strong shear forces of pan-mill. With increasing the milling cycles, the MFI value of IFR/PP blend decreased first and then increased. The mechanical properties and flame retardancy of IFR/PP blends prepared by solid state mechanochemical method were proved to be better than those prepared by conventional method because of the dispersing function of pan-mill.Also it was found that IFRs were the nucleating agent for PP and the crystallinity of PP increased first and then

  13. Analysis of the fracture behavior of polypropylene: sawdust composites

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    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Natural fiber reinforced composite is an emerging area in Polymer science. The use of lignocellulosic materials in thermoplastic composites may contribute to reduce the waste of vegetal biomass. The natural fibers are biodegradable, low cost materials having density and specific properties comparable to those of conventional fiber composites. In this work composites of polypropylene (PP plus maleated polypropylene (MAPP filled with sawdust were prepared under fixed processing conditions (mixing temperature, mixing time and rate of rotation. The composites were fractured by tension and the fracture mechanisms were characterized by scanning electron microscopy. The SEM studies of the fractured surfaces of the composites indicate that the failure is due to fiber pull-out accompanied by tearing of the matrix; the pull-out increases with MAPP content.

  14. Modifikacija PP/SAN mešanic:

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    Musil, Vojko; Radonjič, Gregor

    1995-01-01

    Properties of isotactic polypropylene (PP) can be improved with the preparation of PP blends. Polymer blend PP/SAN is immiscible and it shows a decrease in some mechanical properties but processing and some other properties can be improved. Addition of an impact modifier can also change the final properties of the PP/SAN blends. As a modifier we used poly (styrene-b-ethylene-co-butylene-b-styrene) (SEBS) triblock copolymer. Blends were prepared in the melt in a Brabender kneading chamber, coo...

  15. Processing and Characterization of a Polypropylene Biocomposite Compounded with Maleated and Acrylated Compatibilizers

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    Brent A. Nerenz

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Polypropylene (PP biocomposites containing 20 wt.% sunflower hull as a particulate reinforcement were compounded and tested under tensile, flexural, and impact loadings. The incorporation of the sunflower hull without compatibilizer resulted in diminished tensile strength and impact energy absorption but increased flexural strength and both tensile modulus and flexural modulus when compared to neat PP. Formulations containing three different chemical compatibilizers were tested to determine their effectiveness in improving the interfacial adhesion between the fiber surface and PP chains. Maleic anhydride grafted with PP (MA-g-PP achieved greater improvements in tensile strength but reduced impact strength in comparison to an acrylic-acid-grafted PP compatibilizer (AA-g-PP. The molecular weight, graft level, and the ability to affect strength, modulus, and absorbed impact energy were also investigated for the compatibilizers. A MA-g-PP having high molecular weight and low graft level was most effective in improving the investigated properties of a sunflower hull-reinforced polypropylene biocomposite.

  16. Synergistic effects of sepiolite on intumescent flame retardant polypropylene

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    Full Text Available In this paper, the effects of sepiolite as a synergistic agent on the flame retardancy of intumescent flame retardant polypropylene (PP/IFR were studied using the limiting oxygen index (LOI, the UL-94 test, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, laser Raman spectroscopy (LRS, cone calorimeter test (CCT and scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and the IFR system mainly consisted of the ammonium polyphosphate modified with γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane coupling agent, melamine and dipentaerythritol. The results from the LOI and UL 94 tests show that sepiolite added to the PP/IFR system has a synergistic flame retardant effects with the IFR system. The TGA results reveal that sepiolite enhances the thermal stability of the PP/IFR composite and increases the char residue formation. The cone calorimeter results indicate that the heat release rate, mass loss rate, total heat release and average specific extinction area of the PP/IFR/sepiolite composite decrease in comparison with the PP/IFR composite. The LRS measurements provide useful information on the carbonaceous microstructures. The morphological structures observed by SEM have demonstrated that sepiolite promote the formation of the reinforced and homogeneous char barrier on the surface of the composites. Simultaneously, the Young’s modulus and flexural modulus of the PP/IFR composites are also much better improved with the increase of sepiolite added.

  17. Benzothiazole sulfide compatibilized polypropylene/halloysite nanotubes composites

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    Liu Mingxian [Department of Polymer Materials and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Guo Baochun, E-mail: psbcguo@scut.edu.cn [Department of Polymer Materials and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Lei Yanda; Du Mingliang; Jia Demin [Department of Polymer Materials and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China)

    2009-02-15

    Clay-philic benzothiazole sulfide, capable of donating electrons, is grafted onto polypropylene (PP) backbones when N-cyclohexyl-2-benzothiazole sulfonamide (CBS), a commonly used accelerator in the tire industry, is included in the processing of PP/halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) composites. CBS decomposes at elevated temperature and yields benzothiazole sulfide radicals, which react with the PP polymeric free radicals generated during the processing of the composites. On the other hand, the benzothiazole group of CBS is reactive to HNTs via electron transferring. The compatibilization between HNTs and PP is thus realized via interfacial grafting and electron transferring mechanism. The interfacial interactions in the compatibilized systems were fully characterized. Compared with the control sample, the dispersion of HNTs and the interfacial bonding are enhanced substantially in the compatibilized composites. The significantly improved mechanical properties and thermal properties of benzothiazole sulfide compatibilized PP/HNTs composites are correlated to the enhanced interfacial property. The present work demonstrates a novel interfacial design via interfacial grafting/electron transferring for the compatibilization of PP/clay composites.

  18. SAXS Study of Reversibly Crosslinked Isotactic Polypropylene/clay Nanocomposites

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    Bouhelal, S.; Cagiao, M; Benachour, D; Djellouli, B; Rong, L; Hsiao, B; Baltá-Calleja, F

    2010-01-01

    A new route based on reversibly crosslinking reactive extrusion is applied for the development of iPP/clay nanocomposites. Analysis of small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) reflections of isotactic polypropylene (iPP)/clay nanocomposites, prepared by two different mixing and chemical crosslinking methods (i.e., conventional and in situ), is presented and results are compared with preceding wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) results. It is shown that the presence of clay significantly affects the value of long spacing in iPP, as well as the coherence length of lamellar stacks. Results show that the size of the coherently diffracting nanodomains decreases in two stages, first rapidly and then slowly as a function of increasing clay content. This can be attributed to the influence of confined iPP lamellae under the effect of rising number of clay particles. The appearance of the {gamma}-crystalline form in the crosslinked iPP/clay nanocomposites is related with the difficulty in chain folding of iPP chains introduced by the chemical crosslinking process, as well as by the presence of clay particles.

  19. Relationships between processing-structure-migration properties for recycled polypropylene in food packaging.

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    Incarnato, L; Di Maio, L; Acierno, D; Denaro, M; Arrivabene, L

    1998-01-01

    In this work the relationships between processing, structure and migration properties of recycled polypropylene (PP) were analysed in relation to the possible use of recycled PP in food packaging applications. PP containers used in food packaging were contaminated with food and then washed, reduced into a processable size, dried and reprocessed by injection moulding. Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC) analysis, mechanical, and total migration tests were performed on injection moulded samples to verify the effect of the recycling process on the structure and properties of PP. In order to evaluate the effect of the molecular weight on the properties of the recycled polymer, the study was conducted on containers produced by injection moulding made from a low molecular weight (LMW) PP and on containers produced by thermoforming made from a high molecular weight (HMW) PP.

  20. Influence of Carbon Nanofiber Addition on Mechanical Properties and Crystallization Behavior of Polypropylene

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    Xin TONG; Yong CHEN; Huiming CHENG

    2005-01-01

    Carbon nanofiber (CNF)-reinforced polypropylene (CNF/PP) composites with different CNF contents were prepared by melt mixing, and the mechanical properties and crystallization behavior of the CNF/PP composites obtained were investigated. It was found that the tensile modulus of the composites was increased with the addition of CNFs, but their elongation at break and fracture strain energy were decreased, while the tensile strength of the composites was firstly increased and then decreased due to the agglomeration of CNFs at higher loading. Nonisothermal crystallization analysis showed that the CNFs played a role as nucleating agent in PP matrix, which led to increment in the crystallization rate and the degree of crystallinity of PP. Moreover, X-ray diffraction studies showed that the CNFs incorporated in the PP matrix favored the growth of (040)-oriented PP crystals. With the increase in the CNF content, the nucleating and orientation roles of the CNFs were obviously enhanced.

  1. Flammability properties of polypropylene containing montmorillonite and some of silicon compounds

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    A.A. Younis

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available New polypropylene (PP blends were prepared using phenyltrimethoxysilane (PTMS, glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS and potassium-montmorillonite (K-MMT. Polymers A (K-MMT/PTMS, B (MMT/GPTMS and C (modified-MMT were prepared using sol-gel technique then incorporated in the PP matrix by different concentrations. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC were used to investigate the structure and thermal stability. The mechanical properties (tensile strength/TS and elongation/% were measured. The flame-retardant properties of the unblended and blended (PP/A, PP/B and PP/C were estimated by limiting oxygen index (LOI, flame chamber (UL/94 and oxygen bomb calorimeter (OBC tests, whereas the thermal stabilities were investigated using TGA were carried flammability out to detect the properties of the blended PP.

  2. Radiation Effects on Polypropylene Carbon Nanofibers

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    Hamilton, John; Mion, Thomas; Chipara, Alin C.; Ibrahim, Elamin I.; Lozano, Karen; Chipara, Magdalena; Tidrow, Steven C.; Chipara, Mircea

    2010-03-01

    Dispersion of carbon nanostructures within polymeric matrices affects most physical and chemical properties of the polymeric matrix (increased Young modulus, improved thermal stability, faster crystallization rates, higher equilibrium degree of crystallinity, modified glass, melting, and crystallization temperatures, enhanced thermal and electrical conductivity). Such changes have been reported and explained by thorough spectroscopic investigations. Nevertheless, little is known about the radiation stability of such nanocomposites. The research is focused on spectroscopic investigations of radiation-induced modifications in isotactic polypropylene (iPP)-vapor grown nanofiber (VGCNF)composites. VGCNF were dispersed within iPP by extrusion at 180^oC. Composites containing various amounts of VGCNFs ranging from 0 to 20 % wt. were prepared and subjected to gamma irradiation, at room temperature, at various integral doses (10 MGy, 20 MGy, and 30 MGy). Raman spectroscopy, ATR, and WAXS were used to assess the radiation-induced modifications in these nanocomposites. Acknowledgements: This research was supported by the Welch Foundation (Department of Chemistry at UTPA) and by US Army Research Office (AMSRD-ARL-RO-SI: 54498-MS-ISP).

  3. INGUINAL HERNIA SURGERY UNDER LOCAL ANAESTHESIA, AS DAY CARE SURGERY AND COMPARISON AMONG THREE GROUP OF PATIENTS CLASSIFIED ACCORDING TO TYPE OF MESH USED

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Inguinal hernia repair is one of the most commonly performed operations worldwide . This study was done to evaluate , local anesthesia as choice of procedure for inguinal hernia as day care surgery including both regular & comorbidity associated patients , to know which mesh is suitable smallpore ( H eavy weight or largepore ( L igh t weight and to know if use of absorbable suture is better than non - absorbable suture for fixation of mesh. METHODS: We prospectively studied 69 patients with a primary unilateral inguinal hernia. The study group was randomized to Lichtenstein repair afte r taking full informed consent. Pain was assessed by visual analogue scale , Quality of life was assessed by responses to a health questionnaire administered to post - operative patients . RESULTS: The highest contraction rate was found in polypropylene small pore mesh (28.76% , followed by polypropylene large pore mesh (23.9% and the least contraction seen in knitted composite mesh (17.2%. Quality of life was assessed at 1 month and 3 month have shown significant difference among three groups. CONCLUSION: Mos t of the inguinal hernia surgery can be carried out smoothly in local anesthesia , as day care procedure. It is choice of procedure also in patients with comorbidity. Use of absorbable suture for Lichtenstein hernia repair did not affect recurrence rate. Qu ality of life is better with knitted composite group , than pp large pore group , than Polypropylene small pore mesh.

  4. Comportamento do polipropileno em presença de monômeros trifuncionais no estado fundido e sua influência na morfologia The behavior in the melt state of polypropylene (PP) in the presence of trifunctional monomers and their influence in PP morphology

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    Harumi Otaguro; Artel,Beatriz W. H.; PARRA, DUCLERC F.; CARDOSO, ELIZABETH C.L.; LIMA, LUIS F.C.P. de; Lugão, Ademar B.

    2004-01-01

    O aumento de ramificações e da massa molecular em polímeros essencialmente lineares influencia as propriedades no estado fundido desses polímeros. Este comportamento foi observado pela análise dos dados de resistência do fundido, extensibilidade e do conteúdo de gel em amostras de Polipropileno linear (iPP) modificado. A modificação foi obtida utilizando agentes modificadores (monômeros multifuncionais) e radiação gama. Os agentes modificadores empregados foram o Tri-metilol-propano-tri-acril...

  5. Synthesis and Application of a Novel Polyamide Charring Agent for Halogen-Free Flame Retardant Polypropylene

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    Jie Liu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel charring agent, poly(p-ethylene terephthalamide (PETA, for halogen-free flame retardant polypropylene was synthesized by using p-phthaloyl chloride (TPC and ethylenediamine through solution polycondensation at low temperature, and the effects of PETA on flame retardance of polypropylene (PP/IFR systems were studied. The experimental results showed that PETA could considerably enhance the fire retardant performance as proved by evidence of the increase of limiting oxygen index (LOI values, the results of UL-94 tests, and cone calorimeter tests (CCT. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and scanning electron microscope (SEM demonstrated that an appropriate amount of PETA could react with PP/IFR system to form cross-link network; a more compact char layer could be formed which was responsible for the improved thermal and flame retardant properties of PP/IFR systems. However, the superfluous amount of PETA would play the negative role.

  6. Toughening wood/polypropylene composites with polyethylene octene elastomer (POE)

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    JIANG Feng; QIN Te-fu

    2006-01-01

    Polyethylene octene elastomer (POE) as impact modifier was incorporated into wood/polypropylene composites (WPC) to enhance the impact strength of the composite. Two extruding routes, i.e. direct extruding route and two-stage extruding route, were adopted to produce Wood Powder/PP/POE ternary composites. The mechanical and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) properties of the composites were investigated. The results showed that the addition of POE can increase the impact strength of the composites, and the composites produced via two-stage extruding route showed superior mechanical properties. The results of the DMA confirmed the mechanical tests.

  7. Radiation Damage of Polypropylene Fiber Targets in Storage Rings

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    Rohdjess, H; Bisplinghoff, J; Bollmann, R; Büsser, K; Diehl, O; Dohrmann, F; Engelhardt, H P; Eversheim, P D; Greiff, J; Gross, A; Gross-Hardt, R; Hinterberger, F; Igelbrink, M; Langkau, R; Maier, R; Mosel, F; Müller, M; Muenstermann, M; Prasuhn, D; Von Rossen, P; Scheid, H; Schirm, N; Schwandt, F; Scobel, W; Trelle, H J; Wellinghausen, A; Wiedmann, W; Woller, K; Ziegler, R

    2004-01-01

    Thin polypropylene (CH$_2$) fibers have been used for internal experiments in storage rings as an option for hydrogen targets. The change of the hydrogen content due to the radiation dose applied by the circulating proton beam has been investigated in the range $1\\cdot10^6$ to $2\\cdot10^8$~Gy at beam momenta of 1.5 to 3 GeV/c by comparing the elastic pp-scattering yield to that from inelastic p-carbon reactions. It is found that the loss of hydrogen as a function of applied dose receives contributions from a fast and a slow component.

  8. Smart Natural Fiber Reinforced Plastic (NFRP) Composites Based On Recycled Polypropylene in The Presence Kaolin

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    Suharty, N. S.; Ismail, H.; Diharjo, K.; Handayani, D. S.; Lestari, W. A.

    2017-07-01

    Composites contain double filler material which act as reinforcement and flame retardants of recycled polypropylene (rPP)/kaolin(Kao)/palm oil empty bunch fiber (PEBF) have been succesfully prepared. The composites were synthesized through reactively solution method, using coupling agent PP-g-AA and compatibilizer DVB. The effect of double filler [Kao/PEBF] were investigated flexural strength (FS), inflammability, and morphology. Mechanical testing result in accordance to ASTM D790, the FS of rPP/DVB/PP-g-AA/Kao+ZB/PEBF composite was 48% higher than that of rPP matrix. Moreover, flexural modulus (FM) was significantly improved by 56% as compared to that of rPP matrix. The scanning electron images (SEM) shown good dispersion of [Ka/PEBF] and good filler-matrix interaction. The inflammability testing result which is tested using ASTM D635, showed that the flame resistance of rPP/DVB/PP-g-AA/Kao+ZB/PEBF composite was improve by increasing of time to ignition (TTI) about 857% and burning rate (BR) decreasing to 66% compared to the raw material rPP matrix. In the same time, the addition of 20% (w/w) PEBF as a second filler to form rPP/DVB/PP-g-AA/Kao+ZB/PEBF composites (F5) is able to increase: the FS by 17.5%, the FM by 19%, the TTI by 7.6% and the BR by 3.7% compared to the composite without PEBF (F2).

  9. Diffusion behaviour of additives in polypropylene in correlation with polymer properties.

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    Begley, T H; Brandsch, J; Limm, W; Siebert, H; Piringer, O

    2008-11-01

    The migration behaviour of polymer additives in 17 polypropylene (PP) samples is described. These samples cover the major types of PP used in food packaging. The diffusion coefficients of additives with relatively small molecular masses, M(r) = 136 (limonene), as well as the migration of typical antioxidants used in PP up to M(r) = 1178 (IRGANOX 1010), were measured at different temperatures. In addition, the diffusion data and percentages of xylene-soluble fractions were correlated. This enables a prediction of the migration behaviour of a PP sample by testing its 'isotactic index' with xylene. The results clearly indicate that PP can be subdivided, from the migration point of view, into the monophasic homopolymer (h-PP), the monophasic random copolymer (r-PP), and the heterophasic copolymer (heco-PP). The diffusion coefficients for r-PP are at least one order of magnitude higher than those of h-PP and comparable with the values for heco-PP. Upper limits for the diffusion values can be calculated based on the safety margin required by consumer protection laws.

  10. Water-wettable polypropylene fibers by facile surface treatment based on soy proteins.

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    Salas, Carlos; Genzer, Jan; Lucia, Lucian A; Hubbe, Martin A; Rojas, Orlando J

    2013-07-24

    Modification of the wetting behavior of hydrophobic surfaces is essential in a variety of materials, including textiles and membranes that require control of fluid interactions, adhesion, transport processes, sensing, etc. This investigation examines the enhancement of wettability of an important class of textile materials, viz., polypropylene (PP) fibers, by surface adsorption of different proteins from soybeans, including soy flour, isolate,glycinin, and β-conglycinin. Detailed investigations of soy adsorption from aqueous solution (pH 7.4, 25 °C) on polypropylene thin films is carried out using quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR). A significant amount of protein adsorbs onto the PP surfaces primarily due to hydrophobic interactions. We establish that adsorption of a cationic surfactant, dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODA) onto PP surfaces prior to the protein deposition dramatically enhances its adsorption. The adsorption of proteins from native (PBS buffer, pH 7.4, 25 °C) and denatured conditions (PBS buffer, pH 7.4, 95 °C) onto DODA-treated PP leads to a high coverage of the proteins on the PP surface as confirmed by a significant improvement in water wettability. A shift in the contact angle from 128° to completely wettable surfaces (≈0°) is observed and confirmed by imaging experiments conducted with fluorescence tags. Furthermore, the results from wicking tests indicate that hydrophobic PP nonwovens absorb a significant amount of water after protein treatment, i.e., the PP-modified surfaces become completely hydrophilic.

  11. Polypropylene/olive pit & almond shell polymer composites: wear and friction

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    Tasdemir, M.

    2017-05-01

    Wood plastic composites (WPC) are made from wood and annual plant fiber or flours, mixing with plastics materials. WPC provide better properties than resources that form it. This renewable material has many utilization areas because of outstanding properties such as enhanced strength, stiffness, creep, physical and mechanical properties and dimension stability. In the present work, series of filled Polypropylene (PP) composites with olive pit and almond shell flour loading (between 0-40 wt %) were prepared, to study the effect of the filler content on the mechanical, wear and friction properties of polypropylene polymer composites.

  12. Acrylation of pre-irradiated polypropylene and its application for removal of organic pollutants

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    Said, Hossam M.; Sokker, Hesham H.; El-Hag Ali, Amr

    2010-04-01

    Reactive extrusion of pre-irradiated polypropylene (PP) at different doses of gamma radiation was studied in the presence of different concentrations of acrylic acid monomer (AAc). Preliminary investigations study the feasibility or removal of organic pollutants. The optical properties and surface morphology of the grafted polypropylene were observed by FT-IR, UV/vis and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The affinity of this membrane to the basic dye was found to be increased with increase in the dose of gamma irradiation and the ratio of acrylic acid monomer (AAc).

  13. AN S- AND P-CONTAINING FLAME RETARDANT FOR POLYPROPYLENE

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    Hua-qiao Peng; De-yi Wang; Qian Zhou; Yu-zhong Wang

    2008-01-01

    A novel charring agent, bis(1-oxo-4-hydroxymethyl-2,6,7-trioxa-l-phosphabicyclo[2.2.2]octane) phenylphosphine sulfide (BCPPS), has been synthesized, and it is combined with ammonium polyphosphate (APP) and melamine phosphate (MP) to impart flame retardance and dripping resistance for polypropylene (PP). The fire performance of the treated PP is investigated by limiting oxygen index (LOI), vertical burning test (UL-94) and cone calorimeter, and the thermal stability and thermal oxidative stability of the composites are studied using thermogravimetric analysis (TG). It has been found that the treated PP with the optimal flame retardant formulation of APP:MP:BCPPS = 12:6:12 (weight ratio, formulation 10)gives an LOI of 31.3 and UL-94 V-0 rating. The results from cone calorimeter indicate that both the heat release rate (HRR)and the total heat evolved (THE) of IFR-PP (formulation 10) decrease significantly compared with those of neat PP. The TG result shows that the IFR-PP (formulation 10) has a high yield of residual char at high temperature. FTIR is used to investigate the residue of the treated PP that degrades at 400℃ for different time. The compact outer surface and the shaggy inner surface can be observed from the SEM graph of the residual chars after LOI test, which form a much better barrier for the transfer of heat and fuel during combustion and show good flame retardancy. Moreover, the treated PP and its residue are investigated by XPS analysis.

  14. Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Mechanical Properties Enhancement by Adhesion Improvement

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    Mariana Etcheverry

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Glass fibers (GF are the reinforcement agent most used in polypropylene (PP based composites, as they have good balance between properties and costs. However, their final properties are mainly determined by the strength and stability of the polymer-fiber interphase. Fibers do not act as an effective reinforcing material when the adhesion is weak. Also, the adhesion between phases can be easily degraded in aggressive environmental conditions such as high temperatures and/or elevated moisture, and by the stress fields to which the material may be exposed. Many efforts have been done to improve polymer-glass fiber adhesion by compatibility enhancement. The most used techniques include modifications in glass surface, polymer matrix and/or both. However, the results obtained do not show a good costs/properties improvement relationship. The aim of this work is to perform an accurate analysis regarding methods for GF/PP adhesion improvement and to propose a new route based on PP in-situ polymerization onto fibers. This route involves the modification of fibers with an aluminum alkyl and hydroxy-α-olefin and from there to enable the growth of the PP chains using direct metallocenic copolymerization. The adhesion improvements were further proved by fragmentation test, as well as by mechanical properties measurements. The strength and toughness increases three times and the interfacial strength duplicates in PP/GF composites prepared with in-situ polymerized fibers.

  15. A NEW SYNERGIST FOR INTUMESCENT FLAME RETARDANT POLYPROPYLENE

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    Qiang Wu; Bao-jun Qu

    2002-01-01

    The synergistic effects of silicotungstic acid (SiW12) as a catalyst in the phosphorus-nitrogen compounds AM-based intumescent flame-retardant (IFR) polypropylene (PP) were studied using the limiting oxygen index (LOI), the UL-94test, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), real time Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), laser Raman spectroscopy (LRS). TheLOI data show that SiW12 added to PP/IFR systems has a synergistic FR effect with an IFR additive named AM. The TGAdata show that SiW12 apparently increases the thermal stability of the PP/IFR systems at high temperature (T > 500 ℃). TheFTIR results provide the positive evidence that IFR can improve the thermal stability of PP and SiW12 can induce a higherrate of formation of phosphoric acid and its derivatives. The LRS measurements provide useful information on thecarbonaceous microstructures. In short, a suitable amount of SiW12 (1.5 wt%) exertssynergistic effects with the IFR byincreasing the LOI value and the thermal stability at high temperature and promoting the formation of charred structures onthe burning PP surface.

  16. Formation and antifouling properties of amphiphilic coatings on polypropylene fibers.

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    Goli, Kiran K; Rojas, Orlando J; Genzer, Jan

    2012-11-12

    We describe the formation of amphiphilic polymeric assemblies via a three-step functionalization process applied to polypropylene (PP) nonwovens and to reference hydrophobic self-assembled n-octadecyltrichlorosilane (ODTS) monolayer surfaces. In the first step, denatured proteins (lysozyme or fibrinogen) are adsorbed onto the hydrophobic PP or the ODTS surfaces, followed by cross-linking with glutaraldehyde in the presence of sodium borohydride (NaBH(4)). The hydroxyl and amine functional groups of the proteins permit the attachment of initiator molecules, from which poly (2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) polymer grafts are grown directly through "grafting from" atom transfer radical polymerization. The terminal hydroxyls of HEMA's pendent groups are modified with fluorinating moieties of different chain lengths, resulting in amphiphilic brushes. A palette of analytical tools, including ellipsometry, contact angle goniometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in the attenuated total reflection mode, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy is employed to determine the changes in physicochemical properties of the functionalized surfaces after each modification step. Antifouling properties of the resultant amphiphilic coatings on PP are analyzed by following the adsorption of fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled bovine serum albumin as a model fouling protein. Our results suggest that amphiphilic coatings suppress significantly adsorption of proteins as compared with PP fibers or PP surfaces coated with PHEMA brushes. The type of fluorinated chain grafted to PHEMA allows modulation of the surface composition of the topmost layer of the amphiphilic coating and its antifouling capability.

  17. EFFECT OF N,N,N',N'-TETRAALKYL TEREPHTHALAMIDE ON NON-ISOTHERMAL CRYSTALLIZATION KINETICS OF POLYPROPYLENE

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    Bao-qing Shentu; Ji-peng Li; Zhi-xue Weng

    2006-01-01

    The effect of N,N,N',N'-tetraalkyl terephthalamide (TATA) on the non-isothermal crystallization and melting characteristics of polypropylene (PP) was studied. The addition of TATA can lead to the formation of β-crystal PP. With the increase in TATA concentration the degree of crystallinity for β-crystal PP increased significantly, and that for α-crystal PP decreased, which indicated that TATA effectively induced the formation of β-crystal PP. WAXD also revealed the existence of β-crystal PP after the introduction of TATA into PP. PP containing TATA crystallized at a temperature range of 5-10℃ higher than that of pure PP, and the half-crystallization time (t1/2) and Avrami exponent (n) of PP at the same cooling rate were decreased by the addition of TATA, indicating that TATA influenced the crystallization rate and crystallization growth mode of PP. The rate constant of crystallization of PP containing TATA (Zc) was larger than that of pure PP, which further indicated that the crystallization of PP was accelerated by the addition of TATA.

  18. Development and characterisation of injection moulded, all-polypropylene composites

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    A. Kmetty

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work, all-polypropylene composites (all-PP composites were manufactured by injection moulding. Prior to injection moulding, pre-impregnated pellets were prepared by a three-step process (filament winding, compression moulding and pelletizing. A highly oriented polypropylene multifilament was used as the reinforcement material, and a random polypropylene copolymer (with ethylene was used as the matrix material. Plaque specimens were injection moulded from the pellets with either a film gate or a fan gate. The compression moulded sheets and injection moulding plaques were characterised by shrinkage tests, static tensile tests, dynamic mechanical analysis and falling weight impact tests; the fibre distribution and fibre/matrix adhesion were analysed with light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The results showed that with increasing fibre content, both the yield stress and the perforation energy significantly increased. Of the two types of gates used, the fan gate caused the mechanical properties of the plaque specimens to become more homogeneous (i.e., the differences in behaviour parallel and perpendicular to the flow direction became negligible.

  19. Preparation of polypropylene thermoplastic container via thermoforming process

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    Ruqiyah Nik Hassan, Nik; Amira Mohd Ghazali, Farah; Aziz Jaafar, Abdul; Mazni Ismail, Noor

    2016-02-01

    In this study, plastic containers made of polypropylene (PP) sheets were fabricated via vacuum thermoforming. Thermoforming is a process used in fabricating plastic parts by changing flat thermoplastic sheet to three dimensional shapes. In preparing these thermoplastic containers, the design and fabrication of mould were first done by using Catia V5 software and CNC milling machine, respectively. The thermoforming process was then performed at various temperatures ranging from 160°C until 200°C on the PP sheet to form the container. From the experiment, it can be suggested that the outcomes of final thermoplastic containers are significantly depends on temperature control during thermoforming process and also the vent holes design of the mould.

  20. Surface Modification of Polypropylene Membrane Using Biopolymers with Potential Applications for Metal Ion Removal

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    Omar Alberto Hernández-Aguirre

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This work aims to present the modification of polypropylene (PP membranes using three different biopolymers, chitosan (CHI, potato starch (PS, and cellulose (CEL, in order to obtain three new materials. The modified membranes may be degraded easier than polypropylene ones and could be used as selective membranes for metal ions removal, among other applications. For this purpose, the UV energy induced graft copolymerization reaction among polypropylene membrane, acrylic acid, benzophenone (as photoinitiator, and the biopolymer (CHI, PS, or CEL was conducted. The results of FT-IR-ATR, XRD, TGA, DSC, SEM, BET, and AFM analyses and mechanical properties clearly indicate the successful modification of the membrane surface. The change of surface wettability was monitored by contact angle. The grafting reaction depends on natural polymer, reaction time, and concentration. In order to prove the potential application of the modified membranes, a preliminary study of sorption of metal ion was carried out. For this purpose, the PP-CHI membrane was chosen because of the high hydrophilicity, proportionate to -OH and NH2; these groups could act as ligands of metal ions, provoking the interaction between PP-CHI and M+ (PP-CHI-M+ and therefore the metal ion removal from water.

  1. Isothermal and non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of polypropylene/exfoliated graphite nanocomposites

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    Ferreira, C.I. [PGCIMAT – IQ, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av Bento Gonçalves 9500, Porto Alegre-RS, 91501-970 (Brazil); Dal Castel, C. [Instituto de Química – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av Bento Gonçalves 9500, Porto Alegre-RS (Brazil); Oviedo, M.A.S. [Braskem S/A, III Pólo Petroquímico, Via Oeste Lote 5, Triunfo, RS (Brazil); Mauler, R.S., E-mail: raquel.mauler@ufrgs.br [PGCIMAT – IQ, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av Bento Gonçalves 9500, Porto Alegre-RS, 91501-970 (Brazil); Instituto de Química – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av Bento Gonçalves 9500, Porto Alegre-RS (Brazil)

    2013-02-10

    Highlights: ► The crystallization behavior of PP/exfoliated graphite nanocomposites was evaluated. ► Well dispersed exfoliated graphite acted as nucleating agent. ► The nucleation activity was evaluated using Hoffman–Lauritzen and Dobreva methods. ► Avrami model successfully described the changes under isothermal conditions. - Abstract: The crystallization behavior of polypropylene/exfoliated graphite nanocomposites prepared by melt compounding was analyzed using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Isothermal and non-isothermal experiments were used to evaluate the influence of exfoliated graphite (EG) content on the crystallization process of polypropylene (PP) from the molten state. The presence of exfoliated graphene layers in the polypropylene matrix modified was observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The addition of exfoliated graphite dramatically modified the non-isothermal crystallization behavior of the PP matrix, increasing the crystallization temperature, crystallization rate, and degree of crystallinity. The Avrami analysis was applied under isothermal conditions and the model showed that graphite acted as a nucleating agent reducing the barrier to nucleation and modifying the crystallite structures of PP.

  2. STRUCTURAL EVOLUTION AND COMPOSITION CHANGE IN THE SURFACE REGION OF POLYPROPYLENE/CLAY NANOCOMPOSITES ANNEALED AT HIGH TEMPERATURES

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    唐涛

    2009-01-01

    A model experiment was done to clear the formation mechanism of protective layers during combustion of polypropylene(PP)/organically modified montmorillonite(OMMT) nanocomposites.The investigation was focused on the effects of annealing temperature on the structural changes and protective layer formation.The decomposition of OMMT and degradation of PP/OMMT nanocomposites were characterized by means of thermogravimetric analysis(TGA).The structural evolution and composition change in the surface region of...

  3. Preparation and Compatibility Evaluation of Polypropylene/High Density Polyethylene Polyblends

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    Jia-Horng Lin

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This study proposes melt-blending polypropylene (PP and high density polyethylene (HDPE that have a similar melt flow index (MFI to form PP/HDPE polyblends. The influence of the content of HDPE on the properties and compatibility of polyblends is examined by using a tensile test, flexural test, Izod impact test, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, polarized light microscopy (PLM, and X-ray diffraction (XRD. The SEM results show that PP and HDPE are incompatible polymers with PP being a continuous phase and HDPE being a dispersed phase. The FTIR results show that the combination of HDPE does not influence the chemical structure of PP, indicating that the polyblends are made of a physical blending. The DSC and XRD results show that PP and HDPE are not compatible, and the combination of HDPE is not correlated with the crystalline structure and stability of PP. The PLM results show that the combination of HDPE causes stacking and incompatibility between HDPE and PP spherulites, and PP thus has incomplete spherulite morphology and a smaller spherulite size. However, according to mechanical property test results, the combination of HDPE improves the impact strength of PP.

  4. EFFECT OF COMPATIBILITY ON PHASE MORPHOLOGY AND ORIENTATION OF ISOTACTIC POLYPROPYLENE (IPP) BLENDS OBTAINED BY DYNAMIC PACKING INJECTION MOLDING

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    Jiang Li; Qin Zhang; Cong Wang; Hong Yang; Rong-ni Du; Qiang Fu

    2006-01-01

    The effect of compatibility on phase morphology and orientation of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) blends under shear stress was investigated via dynamic packing injection molding (DPIM). The compatibility of iPP blended with other polymers, namely, atactic polypropylene (aPP), octane-ethylene copolymer (POE), ethylene-propylene-diene rubber (EPDM)and poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) (EVA), have first been studied using dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). These blends were subjected to DPIM, which relies on the application of shear stress fields to the melt/solid interfaces during the packing stage by means of hydraulically actuated pistons. The phase morphology, orientation and mechanical properties of the injection-molded samples were characterized by SEM, 2D WAXS and Instron. For incompatible iPP/EVA blends, a much elongated and deformed EVA particles and a higher degree of iPP chain orientation were observed under the effect of shear.However, for compatible iPP/aPP blends, a less deformed and elongated aPP particles and less oriented iPP chains were deduced. It can be concluded that the compatibility between the components decreases the deformation and orientation in the polymer blends. This is most likely due to the hindering effect, resulting from the molecular entanglement and interaction in the compatible system.

  5. Soft Tissue Response to the Presence of Polypropylene-G-Poly(ethylene glycol) Comb-Type Graft Copolymers Containing Gold Nanoparticles

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    Derya Burcu Hazer; Baki Hazer; Nazmiye Dinçer

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the soft tissue response of the pure and Au-embedded PPg-PEG. PP-g-PEG2000, PP-g-PEG4000, Au-PP-g-PEG2000, and AuPP-g-PEG4000 were obtained via chlorination of polypropylene and polyethylene glycol in the presence of a base with a “grafting onto” technique. Solvent cast films of these four copolymers with PP as a control group were embedded into five different rats. After 30 days of implantation, microscopic evaluation of inflammation and SEM analysis were...

  6. Poly(acrylic acid surface grafted polypropylene films: Near surface and bulk mechanical response

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    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Radical photo-grafting polymerization constitutes a promising technique for introducing functional groups onto surfaces of polypropylene films. According to their final use, surface grafting should be done without affecting overall mechanical properties. In this work the tensile drawing, fracture and biaxial impact response of biaxially oriented polypropylene commercial films grafted with poly(acrylic acid (PAA were investigated in terms of film orientation and surface modification. The variations of surface roughness, elastic modulus, hardness and resistance to permanent deformation induced by the chemical treatment were assessed by depth sensing indentation. As a consequence of chemical modification the optical, transport and wettability properties of the films were successfully varied. The introduced chains generated a PAA-grafted layer, which is stiffer and harder than the neat polypropylene surface. Regardless of the surface changes, it was proven that this kind of grafting procedure does not detriment bulk mechanical properties of the PP film.

  7. Synthesis of PP-g-MA as compatibilizer for PP/PLA biocomposites: Thermal, mechanical and biodegradability properties

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    Ghozali, Muhammad; Rohmah, Elfi Nur

    2017-01-01

    A synthesis of polypropylene-graft-maleic anhydride (PP-g-MA) with benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as an initiator has been conducted in a stainless-steel reactor at 120°C for 1 hours. The composition of maleic anhydride (MA) was varied between 10-40 phr, whereas BPO was between 0.5-2.0 phr. The grafting degree (GD) was determined by calculating the MA monomer grafted into polypropylene (PP). Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) analysis was performed to study the functional group in the copolymer PP-g-MA. The result shows that the highest GD of 11.85% was obtained when the use of MA and BPO are 40 phr and 1 phr, respectively. PP/PLA biocomposites have been manufactured by adding polypropylene (PP), polylactic acid (PLA) and PP-g-MA as compatibilizer into rheomix at a temperature of 200-210°C with a stirring speed of 25 rpm for 7-10 minutes. PP/PLA biocomposites were varied at a ratio of 0/100, 20/80, 40/60, 60/40, 80/20 and 100/0. Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), Ultimate Testing Machine (UTM), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and biodegradation analysis were performed to determine the functional groups, thermal stability, tensile strength and the biodegradability level of PP/PLA biocomposites, respectively. Thermal and mechanical analysis results indicate that the addition of PLA into PP/PLA biocomposites can reduce the thermal stability and mechanical properties, however the biodegradability is increased.

  8. Effect of surface modified kaolin on properties of polypropylene grafted maleic anhydride

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    Yang, Ni; Zhang, Zuo-Cai; Ma, Ning; Liu, Huan-Li; Zhan, Xue-Qing; Li, Bing; Gao, Wei; Tsai, Fang-Chang; Jiang, Tao; Chang, Chang-Jung; Chiang, Tai-Chin; Shi, Dean

    To achieve reinforcement of mechanical and thermal performances of polypropylene (PP) product, this work aimed at fabrication of surface modified kaolin (M-kaolin) filled polypropylene grafted maleic anhydride (PP-g-MAH) composites with varying contents of fillers and investigation of their mechanical and thermal properties. And the prepared PP-g-MAH/M-kaolin composites were characterized by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Fracture analysis by SEM showed M-kaolin particles were well dispersed in the PP-g-MAH matrix. Mechanical behaviors were determined by tensile strength, tensile strain at break and impact strength analysis. Impact strength of PP-g-MAH/2 wt% M-kaolin composites was improved up to 30% comparing with unfilled composites. Thermostability had been found enhanced when M-kaolin added. The results revealed PP-g-MAH/M-kaolin composites showed the optimal thermal and mechanical properties when 2 wt% of M-kaolin was added.

  9. Optimization of acrylic acid grafting onto polypropylene using response surface methodology and its biodegradability

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    Mandal, Dev K.; Bhunia, Haripada; Bajpai, Pramod K.; Kushwaha, Jai P.; Chaudhari, Chandrasekhar V.; Dubey, Kumar A.; Varshney, Lalit

    2017-03-01

    Simultaneous radiation grafting was optimized to graft acrylic acid monomer on the polypropylene (PP) films to make them hydrophilic and enhance their biodegradability. Experiments were designed based on full factorial central composite design (response surface methodology) and influence of monomer concentration, radiation dose, inhibitor concentration, solvent concentration on degree of grafting was investigated. The extent of grafting was found to increase with increasing monomer concentration, inhibitor concentration and radiation dose. The targeted 35% grafting could be achieved at optimum condition viz. monomer concentration 12.09 wt%, radiation dose 12.40 kGy, inhibitor concentration 0.07 M and solvent concentration 0.12 M. The grafted PP films at different degrees of grafting were tested for tensile properties and characterized by swelling studies, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Successful grafting of acrylic acid onto polypropylene films was indicated by FTIR and confirmed quantitatively by determination of carboxylic groups on the film surface. Tensile strength of grafted PP films decreased with increase in degree of grafting. The crystallinity of the grafted PP films was lower than that of PP film as indicated by DSC studies. Grafting of acrylic acid increased the roughness on the surface of PP films indicated by SEM studies. The maximum biodegradability of the 34.55% grafted film was 5.5%.

  10. Morphology and properties of recycled polypropylene/bamboo fibers composites

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    Phuong, Nguyen Tri; chuong, Bui; Guinault, Alain; Sollogoub, Cyrille

    2011-05-01

    Polypropylene (PP) is among the most widely used thermoplastics in many industrial fields. However, like other recycled polymers, its properties usually decrease after recycling process and sometimes are degraded to poor properties level for direct re-employment. The recycled products, in general, need to be reinforced to have competitive properties. Short bamboo fibers (BF) have been added in a recycled PP (RPP) with and without compatibilizer type maleic anhydride polypropylene (MAPP). Several properties of composite materials, such as helium gas permeability and mechanical properties before and after ageing in water, were examined. The effects of bamboo fiber content and fiber chemical treatment have been also investigated. We showed that the helium permeability increases if fiber content is higher than 30% because of a poor adhesion between untreated bamboo fiber and polymer matrix. The composites reinforced by acetylated bamboo fibers show better helium permeability due to grafting of acetyl groups onto cellulose fibers surface and thus improves compatibility between bamboo fibers and matrix, which has been shown by microscopic observations. Besides, mechanical properties of composite decrease with ageing in water but the effect is less pronounced with low bamboo fiber content.

  11. Characterization of the morphology of iPP/sPP blends with various compositions

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    S. Bourbigot

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper investigates the morphology and the structural properties of blends of isotactic polypropylene (iPP and syndiotactic polypropylene (sPP having different compositions using different techniques. Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR permits via appropriate sequence to measure the composition, conformation and dynamics, and intimacy of mixing of polymeric materials. Measurement of relaxation times gives information on local structure of phases with different mobility. The morphology is directly related to the structural organization of the blends. The crystallization rate decreases as a function of the sPP content. The minor component is dispersed as a nodule in the main component of the blend and it plays the role of nucleating agent on it. Besides, morphology changes occur for the composition 50/50 (wt/wt of the blend iPP/sPP. Different phases are identified, namely free amorphous, constrained amorphous and crystalline regions which exhibit different molecular mobilities. It is also shown at the interphase matrix-nodules, the nodules create a constrained amorphous zone.

  12. EXPANDED POLYTETRAFLUOROETHYLENE PATCH VERSUS POLYPROPYLENE MESH FOR THE REPAIR OF CONTAMINATED DEFECTS OF THE ABDOMINAL-WALL

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    BLEICHRODT, RP; SIMMERMACHER, RKJ; VANDERLEI, B; SCHAKENRAAD, JM

    1993-01-01

    Contaminated defects of the abdominal wall continue to be a significant problem for patients and surgeons. The lack of sufficient tissue may require the insertion of a prosthetic material. Polypropylene (PP) mesh is still the most widely used material for this purpose, although the propensity to ind

  13. Recycled newspaper fibers as reinforcing fillers in thermoplastics. Part I, Analysis of tensile and impact properties in polypropylene

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    A. R. Sanadi; R. A. Young; C. Clemons; R. M. Rowell

    1994-01-01

    Recycled newspaper fibers (ONP) are potentially outstanding nonabrasive reinforcing fibers with high specific properties. In this study, a high energy thermokinetic mixer was used to mix these fibers in a polypropylene (PP) matrix, and the blends were then injection molded in order to observe the tensile and impact strengths of the composites. A 40% (weight) of ONP in...

  14. Influence of the physical structure of flax fibres on the mechanical properties of flax fibre reinforced polypropylene composites

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    Oever, van den M.J.A.; Bos, H.L.; Kemenade, van M.J.J.M.

    2000-01-01

    This study investigates the influence of the physical structure of flax fibres on the mechanical properties of polypropylene (PP) composites. Due to their composite-like structure, flax fibres have relatively weak lateral bonds which are in particular present in flax fibres that are often used in na

  15. Torrefied biomass-polypropylene composites

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    Torrefied almond shells and wood chips were incorporated into polypropylene as fillers to produce torrefied biomass-polymer composites. Response surface methodology was used to examine the effects of filler concentration, filler size, and lignin factor (relative lignin to cellulose concentration) on...

  16. Surface modification of polypropylene based particle foams

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    Schreier, P.; Trassl, C.; Altstädt, V.

    2014-05-01

    This paper deals with the modification of the surface properties of expanded polypropylene (EPP). EPP is a semi-hard to soft elastic thermoplastic foam. The characteristic surface of EPP shows process-related steam nozzle imprints and gussets. Therefore EPP does not satisfy the quality requirements for visible automotive applications. In order to meet these demands, plastic surfaces are usually enhanced with functional or decorative coatings, e.g. textiles, plastic films or paint. The coating of plastics with low surface energies such as PP often leads to adhesion problems by reason of the missing polar and functional groups. This paper gives an evaluation of activation and pre-treatment methods of EPP, with the aim to identify the most suitable pre-treatment method. For this purpose five typical surface treatment methods - flame treatment, corona, fluorination, atmospheric and low-pressure plasma - were performed on EPP samples. As a comparison criterion the maximum increase in the adhesion force between a polyurethane-based coating and the modified EPP substrate was selected. Moreover the influence of the selected pre-treatment method on the increase in the total surface energy and its polar component was investigated by the drop shape analysis method. The results showed that the contact angle measurement is a suitable method to determine the polar and disperse fractions of the surface tension of EPP. Furthermore, all performed methods increased the adhesion of EPP.

  17. Optical properties of polypropylene upon recycling.

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    De Santis, Felice; Pantani, Roberto

    2013-01-01

    In the last few years there has been an increasing interest in the possibility of recycling polymeric materials, using physical recycling. However, is it well known that polymers experience a depletion of all the properties upon recycling. These effects have been widely characterized in the literature for what concerns the mechanical or rheological properties. The changes of optical properties after recycling have been much less studied, even if, especially in food packaging, optical characteristics (above all the opacity) are of extreme importance, and thus it is quite significant to assess the effect of recycling on these properties. In this work, the influence of recycling steps on the opacity of films of a commercial grade of isotactic polypropylene (i-PP) was studied. The material was extruded several times to mimic the effect of recycling procedures. After extrusion, films were obtained by cooling samples of material at different cooling rates. The opacity of the obtained films was then measured and related to their crystallinity and morphology. It was found that opacity generally increases on increasing the amount of α phase and for the same amount of α phase on increasing the size of the spherulites.

  18. Nanostructured Antibacterial Silver Deposited on Polypropylene Nonwovens

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    Hong-Bo, Wang; Jin-Yan, Wang; Qu-Fu, Wei; Jian-Han, Hong; Xiao-Yan, Zhao

    Nanostructured silver films were deposited on polypropylene (PP) nonwovens by RF magnetron sputter coating to obtain the antibacterial properties. Shake flask test was used to evaluate the antibacterial properties of the materials. Atomic force microscope (AFM) was utilized to observe the surface morphology. Energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) was also employed to analyze the surface elemental compositions. The antibacterial results indicated that the prolonged deposition time led to a significant improvement in antibacterial effect, and sputtering power and argon pressure did not show obvious effect on antibacterial performance. It is believed that the total amount of silver ions released from the silver coating was increased as the deposition time increased. AFM images and quantitative analysis of EDX, respectively revealed that increase in deposition time led to the increased coverage of silver film and the increased silver weight percentage per unit surface, which provided evidences for the increased release rate of silver ions from the coating. Moreover, it was found that the optimum silver coating thickness was about 3 nm, taking antibacterial effect and cost of production into account.

  19. Optical Properties of Polypropylene upon Recycling

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    Felice De Santis

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In the last few years there has been an increasing interest in the possibility of recycling polymeric materials, using physical recycling. However, is it well known that polymers experience a depletion of all the properties upon recycling. These effects have been widely characterized in the literature for what concerns the mechanical or rheological properties. The changes of optical properties after recycling have been much less studied, even if, especially in food packaging, optical characteristics (above all the opacity are of extreme importance, and thus it is quite significant to assess the effect of recycling on these properties. In this work, the influence of recycling steps on the opacity of films of a commercial grade of isotactic polypropylene (i-PP was studied. The material was extruded several times to mimic the effect of recycling procedures. After extrusion, films were obtained by cooling samples of material at different cooling rates. The opacity of the obtained films was then measured and related to their crystallinity and morphology. It was found that opacity generally increases on increasing the amount of α phase and for the same amount of α phase on increasing the size of the spherulites.

  20. Functional behaviour of polypropylene/ZnO-soluble starch nanocomposites

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    Chandramouleeswaran, Subramani [Department of Paint and Polymer Engineering and Technology, University Institute of Chemical Technology, Adenwala Road, Matunga, Mumbai-400 019 (India); Mhaske, S T [Department of Paint and Polymer Engineering and Technology, University Institute of Chemical Technology, Adenwala Road, Matunga, Mumbai-400 019 (India); Kathe, A A [Nanotechnology Research Group, Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Adenwala Road, Matunga, Mumbai-400 019 (India); Varadarajan, P V [Nanotechnology Research Group, Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Adenwala Road, Matunga, Mumbai-400 019 (India); Prasad, Virendra [Nanotechnology Research Group, Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Adenwala Road, Matunga, Mumbai-400 019 (India); Vigneshwaran, Nadanathangam [Nanotechnology Research Group, Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Adenwala Road, Matunga, Mumbai-400 019 (India)

    2007-09-26

    ZnO-polypropylene nanocomposites (nano-PP) were prepared using nanoparticles of ZnO stabilized by soluble starch (nano-ZnO) as filler in PP by the melt mixing process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and other spectroscopic analysis-ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and photoluminescence-revealed the presence and characteristics of nano-ZnO in the composites. The presence of ZnO imparts whiteness, while starch increased the yellowing of polymers. The nanocomposites were analyzed for changes in optical, mechanical, electrical and rheological properties, as influenced by the increasing concentration of nano-ZnO. The mechanical properties were marginally increased and the dielectric strength of the nano-PP increased to a notable level. By monitoring the evolution of the carbonyl absorption bands from FTIR analysis, the efficacy of nano-ZnO in the reduction of photo-degradation due to UV irradiation was demonstrated. The excellent antibacterial activity exhibited by nano-ZnO impregnated PP against two human pathogenic bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae, makes it a suitable candidate for food packaging applications.

  1. Tailoring the wettability of polypropylene surfaces with halloysite nanotubes.

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    Liu, Mingxian; Jia, Zhixin; Liu, Fang; Jia, Demin; Guo, Baochun

    2010-10-01

    In this contribution, halloysite nanotubes (HNTs), a kind of natural hydrophilic nanoclay, are incorporated into polypropylene (PP) for tailoring the surface microstructures of the composites prepared by solution casting. HNTs act as heterogeneous nuclei for PP, which leads to the change of phase separation process during drying of the composites and consequently the microstructures of composite surfaces. Micro-papilla like hybrid spherulites with nanostructures are formed on the PP/HNTs composite surfaces. The rough surfaces demonstrate superhydrophobicity with a maximum water contact angle as nearly 170 degrees and sliding angle of about 2 degrees. The spherulites size, surface roughness, and wetting property of PP can be tuned by HNTs. HNTs can significantly improve the thermal degradation behavior of the composites which is attributed to the well-dispersed HNTs and the improved interfacial interactions by the nucleation effect. The present work provides an alternative routine for preparing polymer superhydrophobic surfaces via tailoring the surface microstructures by adding nanoparticles in a solution process.

  2. Functional behaviour of polypropylene/ZnO soluble starch nanocomposites

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    Chandramouleeswaran, Subramani; Mhaske, S. T.; Kathe, A. A.; Varadarajan, P. V.; Prasad, Virendra; Vigneshwaran, Nadanathangam

    2007-09-01

    ZnO-polypropylene nanocomposites (nano-PP) were prepared using nanoparticles of ZnO stabilized by soluble starch (nano-ZnO) as filler in PP by the melt mixing process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and other spectroscopic analysis—ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and photoluminescence—revealed the presence and characteristics of nano-ZnO in the composites. The presence of ZnO imparts whiteness, while starch increased the yellowing of polymers. The nanocomposites were analyzed for changes in optical, mechanical, electrical and rheological properties, as influenced by the increasing concentration of nano-ZnO. The mechanical properties were marginally increased and the dielectric strength of the nano-PP increased to a notable level. By monitoring the evolution of the carbonyl absorption bands from FTIR analysis, the efficacy of nano-ZnO in the reduction of photo-degradation due to UV irradiation was demonstrated. The excellent antibacterial activity exhibited by nano-ZnO impregnated PP against two human pathogenic bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae, makes it a suitable candidate for food packaging applications.

  3. Electron beam irradiation conditions and foam seat properties in polypropylene-polyethylene blends

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    Tokuda, S.; Kemmotsu, T.

    1995-02-01

    High expansion polypropylene foam (20-100kg/m 3) is industrially produced by blending polypropylene with thermal decomposition foaming agent, which is then irradiated with electron beam to induce crosslinking, and is finally heated, causing the foaming agent to decompose and generate foams. Here, crosslinking stage also serves to increase the melt viscosity of the mixture so that an appropriate value is obtained for foaming. In order to obtain desirable final product, the important factors in the above process are the material properties of the polypropylene and the appropriate control of crosslinking, which is governed by the selection of crosslinking-promoter and the irradiation conditions. We have used polypropylene random copolymer (R-PP) with low ethylene content and performed studies on the relation between the amount of electron beam irradiation and the degree of crosslinking and also on the effect of the multifunctional monomers as crosslinking-promoter. We have also produced foams using blends of this R-PP and linear low density polyethylene (L-LDPE) and evaluated their mechanical properties and their heat resistance.

  4. THERMAL ANALYSIS OF POLYPROPYLENE-b-POLYETHYLENE DIBLOCK COPOLYMERS AND CORRESPONDING BLENDS

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    QI Yuchen; WANG Lixiao; CHEN Donglin; HUANG Baotong

    1984-01-01

    Difference in thermal behavior of presumed polypropylene-b-polyethylene block copolymers (PP-PE) and corresponding PP+PE blends was studied. Different views in the literature were unified in our observation that faster cooling rate yielded only one exothermal peak for the blends, while slower cooling rates revealed both PP and PE exothermal peaks. Further details on when a single or double exothermal peaks would appear are discussed. Melting and crystallization temperatures for both PP and PE in blends were found to be a few degrees higher than for PP and PE in block copolymers. Thus, thermal analysis can be used to identify PP-PE block copolymers. These phenomena and the lower △Hf-values of PP and PE in block copolymers than the △Hf-values of pure homo-PP and -PE (for PE even more so) are explained in terms of restricted block movement due to covalent bond between blocks and of crystallization processes in block copolymers. The presence of block structure in the PP-PE samples studied is inferred.

  5. Nucleating Effect of Carbon Nanoparticles and Their Influence on the Thermal and Chemical Stability of Polypropylene

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    F. Avalos-Belmontes

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of carbon nanofibers (CNFs and carbon nanotubes (CNTs on the thermal and chemical stability of polypropylene (PP when subjected to oxidation in a strong acid medium was studied. The effect of CNFs and CNTs on the crystalline morphology and the melting and crystallization temperatures was also studied. The thermal stability increased markedly; the decomposition temperature, for example, increased from 293∘C for pure PP to 312 and 320∘C for PP with CNFs and CNTs, respectively. The crystallization temperature increased perceptibly with the addition of CNTs or CNFs, from 107∘C for pure PP to 112 and 114∘C for PP with CNFs and CNTs, respectively. The oxidative degradation with nitric acid produced a reduction in molecular weight; however, this negative effect was less pronounced in the PP compositions with carbon nanoparticles. After 8 hours in nitric acid, this reduction was from 141,000 to 68,000 (for pure PP, to 75,000 (for PP-CNFs, and 79,500 (for PP-CNTs. X-ray diffraction showed that the alpha type crystallinity remains, irrespective of the nucleating agent. Finally, the intensity ratio between the (040 (at 16.7∘ and the (110 (at 13.9∘ reflections increased, which was taken as an indication of an increasing nucleating efficiency.

  6. Chondrocyte behavior on nanostructured micropillar polypropylene and polystyrene surfaces

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    Prittinen, Juha [Department of Applied Physics, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio (Finland); Jiang, Yu [Department of Chemistry, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu (Finland); Ylärinne, Janne H. [Department of Applied Physics, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio (Finland); Pakkanen, Tapani A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu (Finland); Lammi, Mikko J., E-mail: mikko.lammi@uef.fi [Department of Applied Physics, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio (Finland); Qu, Chengjuan [Department of Applied Physics, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio (Finland)

    2014-10-01

    This study was aimed to investigate whether patterned polypropylene (PP) or polystyrene (PS) could enhance the chondrocytes' extracellular matrix (ECM) production and phenotype maintenance. Bovine primary chondrocytes were cultured on smooth PP and PS, as well as on nanostructured micropillar PP (patterned PP) and PS (patterned PS) for 2 weeks. Subsequently, the samples were collected for fluorescein diacetate-based cell viability tests, for immunocytochemical assays of types I and II collagen, actin and vinculin, for scanning electronic microscopic analysis of cell morphology and distribution, and for gene expression assays of Sox9, aggrecan, procollagen α{sub 1}(II), procollagen α{sub 1}(X), and procollagen α{sub 2}(I) using quantitative RT-PCR assays. After two weeks of culture, the bovine primary chondrocytes had attached on both patterned PP and PS, while practically no adhesion was observed on smooth PP. However, the best adhesion of the cells was on smooth PS. The cells, which attached on patterned PP and PS surfaces synthesized types I and II collagen. The chondrocytes' morphology was extended, and an abundant ECM network formed around the attached chondrocytes on both patterned PP and PS. Upon passaging, no significant differences on the chondrocyte-specific gene expression were observed, although the highest expression level of aggrecan was observed on the patterned PS in passage 1 chondrocytes, and the expression level of procollagen α{sub 1}(II) appeared to decrease in passaged chondrocytes. However, the expressions of procollagen α{sub 2}(I) were increased in all passaged cell cultures. In conclusion, the bovine primary chondrocytes could be grown on patterned PS and PP surfaces, and they produced extracellular matrix network around the adhered cells. However, neither the patterned PS nor PP could prevent the dedifferentiation of chondrocytes. - Highlights: • Methods to avoid chondrocyte dedifferentiation would be useful for cartilage

  7. The Physical Modification of a Natural Rubber-Polypropylene Thermoplastic Elastomer Blend by Azobisformamide Blowing Agent

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    Safia Merabet; Farid Riahi; Abdelmalek Douibi

    2012-01-01

    The decomposition of azobisformamide (ABFA) blowing agent and its expansion in a soft grade of thermoplastic natural rubber composed of a 70/30 natural rubber (NR)/polypropylene (PP) was monitored using a Haake plasticorder. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of different concentrations of the blowing agent and to investigate its eventual interactions with a sulfur-based curing system that was used for the dynamic vulcanization. The plastograms allowed to detect variations in the...

  8. Influence of melt annealing on rheological and electrical properties of compatibilized multiwalled carbon nanotubes in polypropylene

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    Nasti, Giuseppe; Ambrogi, Veronica; Cerruti, Pierfrancesco; Gentile, Gennaro; Di Maio, Rosa; Carfagna, Cosimo

    2014-05-01

    Pristine and surface functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) were melt mixed with a polypropylene (PP) polymer matrix. Rheology, morphology, electrical conductivity and mechanical properties of the nanocomposites were evaluated for different MWCNT loadings. Melt annealing effect on properties was also investigated. It was found that both surface functionalization of MWCNT and thermal annealing were able to favor a better dispersion of the particles, inducing the formation of a percolative network.

  9. BEHAVIOR OF CHO CELLS ON MODIFIED POLYPROPYLENE BY LOW TEMPERATURE AMMONIA PLASMA

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    ZHANGHong; ZHUHesun; 等

    2001-01-01

    The surface of polypropylene(PP) membrane was modified by low temperature plasma with ammonia.The effect of exposure time was investigated by means of contact angle measurement.The results show that low temperature ammonia plasma treatment can enhance its hydrophilicity.Chinese hamster ovary(CHO)cells attachment on the modified membrane was enhanced and the growth rate on the membrane was faster than unmodified one.

  10. Investigation on multiple-melting behavior of nano-CaCO3/polypropylene composites

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    LIN Zhidan; ZENG Chunlian; MAI Kancheng

    2007-01-01

    The multiple melting-peak behavior of polypropylene (PP) in nano-CaCO3/PP composites and modified nano-CaCO3/PP composites were investigated under the condition of isothermal crystallization and nonisothermal crystallization.The result indicated that the addition ofnano-CaCO3 markedly increased the crystallization temperatures of PP and induced the formation of the p-crystal of PP.The crystallization temperatures of nano-CaCO3/PP composites modified by reactive monomers were further increased,but the melting-peak intensity of the 13-crystal of PP was not greatly influenced.While in the presence of dicumyl peroxide,nanoCaCO3/PP composites modified by reactive monomers led to the significant increase in the melting-peak intensity of the β-crystal of PP.The double melting-peak of PP was observed,which was attributed to the formation of two kinds of different crystallization forms of or-crystal or β-crystal during the crystallization of PP.With the increase of crystallization temperatures,the double melting-peak moved toward the hightemperature side.The intensity of high-temperature melting peak was higher than that of low-temperature melting peak in nano-CaCO3/PP composites.While in modified nano-CaCO3/PP composites crystallized at higher temperature,the intensity of high-temperature melting peak was lower than that of low-temperature melting peak.The isothermal crystallization time had little effect on the melting temperatures.

  11. Biomimetic surface modification of polypropylene by surface chain transfer reaction based on mussel-inspired adhesion technology and thiol chemistry

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    Niu, Zhijun; Zhao, Yang; Sun, Wei; Shi, Suqing; Gong, Yongkuan

    2016-11-01

    Biomimetic surface modification of polypropylene (PP) is conducted by surface chain transfer reaction based on the mussel-inspired versatile adhesion technology and thiol chemistry, using 2-methacryloyloxyethylphosphorylcholine (MPC) as a hydrophilic monomer mimicking the cell outer membrane structure and 2,2-azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN) as initiator in ethanol. A layer of polydopamine (PDA) is firstly deposited onto PP surface, which not only offers good interfacial adhesion with PP, but also supplies secondary reaction sites (-NH2) to covalently anchor thiol groups onto PP surface. Then the radical chain transfer to surface-bonded thiol groups and surface re-initiated polymerization of MPC lead to the formation of a thin layer of polymer brush (PMPC) with cell outer membrane mimetic structure on PP surface. X-ray photoelectron spectrophotometer (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and water contact angle measurements are used to characterize the PP surfaces before and after modification. The protein adsorption and platelet adhesion experiments are also employed to evaluate the interactions of PP surface with biomolecules. The results show that PMPC is successfully grafted onto PP surface. In comparison with bare PP, the resultant PP-PMPC surface exhibits greatly improved protein and platelet resistance performance, which is the contribution of both increased surface hydrophilicity and zwitterionic structure. More importantly, the residue thiol groups on PP-PMPC surface create a new pathway to further functionalize such zwitterion modified PP surface.

  12. Evaluation of the Mechanical Properties of Polypropylene-Aluminum-Dross Composite

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    S. O. Adeosun; M. A. Usman; W. A. Ayoola; Sekunowo, I. O.

    2012-01-01

    Aluminum (Al) dross is a hazardous waste from the secondary smelting of aluminium industries, and safe disposal of this waste is a big challenge to these industries. Dumping of this waste is an environmental hazard to plants, animals, and even human beings. This study is aimed at improving the mechanical properties of polypropylene (PP) by adding Al dross in 2–50 wt% for particle sizes 53 μm and 150 μm. PP-Al-dross composite samples were cast, and ultimate tensile strength (UTS), impact resis...

  13. The effect of gamma-irradiation on the morphology of quenched isotactic polypropylene

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    Kostoski, D.; Stojanovic, Z.; Gal, O.; Stannett, V. T.

    Wide-angle X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and gel-permeation chromatography measurements have been used to investigate the effect of low absorbed doses of γ-radiation, up to 100 kGy, on isotactic polypropylene (iPP). The bimodal endotherm for the sample quenched in iced water was attributed to the presence of both "smectic" and monoclinic crystalline phases. The changes in the morphology, molecular weight distribution, decrease of melting temperature and heat of fusion with absorbed dose are related to the radiation processes in pure iPP.

  14. Studies on the preparation of multi-monomer grafted PP by one-step extrusion and the blends with PVC

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    Full Text Available Firstly, a novel grafted polypropylene (PP was prepared by one step free-radical melt grafting way in a single-screw extruder. The results were shown that the addition of St to the melt-grafting system as a comonomer could significantly enhance MMA grafting degree onto PP and reduce the degradation of PP matrix by means of FTIR and MFR test, respectively. Then, the extruded multi-monomer grafted PP, as a component, directly blend with poly (vinyl chloride (PVC, named as gPP/PVC. The corresponding improved compatibility was examined. Comparison with pure PP/PVC blends, due to the addition of gPP, the tensile strengths of gPP/PVC blends increased significantly and the impact strengths were unchanged as those of pure PP/PVC blends. The DSC results also suggested that the compatibility of PP/PVC blends were improved largely.

  15. Understanding the Morphological Changes in the Polypropylene/Polyamide 6 Fifty/Fifty Blends by Interfacial Modifiers Based on Grafted Atactic Polypropylenes: Microscopic, Mechanical, and Thermal Characterization

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    E. P. Collar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The main aim of the present work is to correlate the morphological changes observed in the modified PP/PA6 fifty/fifty blends molded at confined flow conditions with both their mechanical and thermal properties and the kind and the amount of the interfacial modifiers used. Both transmitted light optical microscopy in the positive phase contrast mode, PC TOM, and field emission scanning electronic microscopy, FE SEM, were the used techniques for, respectively, general morphology overview and fractures surface analysis. The interfacial modifiers, a succinic anhydride, aPP-SA, and a succinyl-fluorescein, aPP-SF/SA, grafted atactic polypropylenes obtained and well characterized in authors’ laboratories came from the chemical modification of an atactic polypropylene industrial by-product. The amounts of any of both the interfacial modifiers came coded by the Box-Wilson experiment design methodology applied to the overall PP/PA6 binary system, watching that the interfacial agent was not a third component on a ternary blend but a true interfacial modifier in a binary one. All the studies were carried out over suitable specimens according to each test procedure with no further material manipulations to preserve at any moment the morphology of the blends as they emerge from the compression molding step at confined flow conditions.

  16. Thermal, mechanical and morphological properties of poly (hydroxybutyrate and polypropylene blends after processing

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    Wagner Mauricio Pachekoski

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The ever increasing accumulation of plastic waste in the environment has motivated research on polymers that degrade rapidly after being discarded as possible substitutes for conventional inert plastics. Biodegradable polymers can be an alternative, since they have non-toxic residual products and low environmental permanence. Poly (hydroxybutyrate is a biodegradable polymer with a strong potential for industrial purposes, but its thermal instability and fragility limit its applications. Thus, an alternative to improve the processability and properties of poly (hydroxybutyrate is to mix it with another polymer, not necessarily a biodegradable one. In this work, different mixtures of poly(hydroxybutyrate or PHB and polypropylene or PP were extruded and injected. After processing, the blends were studied and their miscibility, mechanical properties and degradability in different soils were analyzed. The main results indicated that the PHB/PP blends had better mechanical properties than pure PHB, as well as improved immiscibility and higher degradation in alkaline soil. The poly-hydroxybutyrate/polypropylene blends showed a tendency for lower crystallinity and stiffness of the polymer matrix, proportional to the amount of polypropylene in the blends, rendering them less stiff and fragile. The degradation tests showed that both pure PHB and blends with 90% PHB and 10% PP were degraded, with loss of their mechanical properties and weight.

  17. Thermal and rheological behavior of reactive blends from metallocene olefin elastomers and polypropylene

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    Nei S. Domingues Junior

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Reactive blends of metallocene polyolefin elastomers (POE/polypropylene (PP with 60/40 composition were prepared with an organic peroxide, 2,5-dimethyl-2,5-di-(t-butylperoxyhexane, and a bis-azide derivative, diphenyloxid-4,4'-bis(sulfonylazide (BSA. Ethylene-1-butene (EB and ethylene-1-octene (EO copolymers and elastomeric polypropylene (ePP were used as the elastomeric phase. The effect of elastomeric phase on the thermal, rheological, morphological and mechanical properties of the thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs or dynamic vulcanizates were studied. All TPVs depicted pseudoplastic behavior and blends cured with azide curative showed higher viscosities. The TPVs showed both dispersed and continuous phase morphology that depends on the elastomeric phase type revealing a limited degree of compatibility between PP and the elastomers EO or EB. On the other hand, the TPV PP/ePP showed a uniform morphology suggesting an improved compatibility. Substantial changes observed in physical properties were explained on the basis of blends' morphology and dynamic vulcanization. The results confirm that the mechanical properties are more influenced by the elastomeric phase than by the curative agent. This study revealed a broad new range of opportunities for POE-based TPVs.

  18. Plasma treatment of polypropylene fabric for improved dyeability with soluble textile dyestuff

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    Yaman, Necla [Department of Textile Engineering, Usak University, Usak Universitesi Mueh. Fak. Tekstil Mueh. Boel. Bir Eyluel Kampusue Usak (Turkey); Ozdogan, Esen [Department of Textile Engineering, Ege University, E.U. Mueh. Fak. Tekstil Mueh. Boel., 35100 Bornova-Izmir (Turkey); Seventekin, Necdet, E-mail: necdet.seventekin@ege.edu.tr [Department of Textile Engineering, Ege University, E.U. Mueh. Fak. Tekstil Mueh. Boel., 35100 Bornova-Izmir (Turkey); Ayhan, Hakan [Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry Division, Mugla Uni. Fen Edebiyat Fak. Kimya Boel., 48000 Koetekli-Mugla (Turkey)

    2009-05-15

    The impact of plasma treatment parameters on the surface morphology, physical-chemical, and dyeing properties of polypropylene (PP) using anionic and cationic dyestuffs were investigated in this study. Argon plasma treatment was used to activate PP fabric surfaces. Activated surfaces were grafted different compounds: 6-aminohexanoic acid (6-AHA), acrylic acid (AA), ethylendiamine (EDA), acryl amide (AAMID) and hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDS). Compounds were applied after the plasma treatment and the acid and basic dyeing result that was then observed, were quite encouraging in certain conditions. The possible formed oxidizing groups were emphasized by FTIR and ATR and the surface morphology of plasma treated PP fibers was also investigated with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). PP fabric could be dyed with acid and basic dyestuffs after only plasma treatment and plasma induced grafting, and fastnesses of the dyed samples were satisfactory.

  19. The Addition of Aluminum Nanoparticles to Polypropylene Increases Its Thermal Stability

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    Javier Arranz-Andrés

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This work reports the thermal degradation kinetics of isotactic polypropylene (iPP and iPP with incorporated Al nanoparticles. The Friedman, Flynn-Wall–Ozawa (FWO, ASTM E698 and Coats-Redfern methods were used to calculate the activation energy of the samples from thermogravimetric data. The thermal stability of the iPP was improved by the introduction of the nanoparticles: the maximum decomposition temperature of the nanocomposite increased from 453 ºC to 457 ºC and the activation energy from 226 kJ/mol to 244 kJ/mol. The thermal degradation models of iPP can be described by “Contracting Sphere” model, whereas that to nanocomposite by Rn (n= 4.8 model (phase boundary reaction

  20. Study of the Synergistic Effect of Nanoporous Nickel Phosphates on Novel Intumescent Flame Retardant Polypropylene Composites

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    Shibin Nie

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A char forming agent (CFA and silica-gel microencapsulated ammonium polyphosphate (Si-MCAPP were selected to form novel intumescent flame retardant system to prepare flame retardant polypropylene (PP composites, and then the influences of nanoporous nickel phosphates (NiP on the thermal and flame retardant properties of flame retardant PP composites were studied by the real time FTIR (RTFTIR spectra, limited oxygen index (LOI test, and the scanning electron microscopy. RTFTIR shows the addition of NiP can improve the thermal stability of flame retardant PP composites. LOI test shows LOI value is increased with the increase of the content of NiP, and the optimized concentration of NiP is 1.0%. Furthermore, smoke toxicity of the novel flame retardant PP composites was studied by mice experiment. The upper limit of the no death smoke concentration of the composite is 12.37 mg/L.

  1. Changes of crystallinity and spherulite morphology in isotactic polypropylene after rolling and heat treatment

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    Juan Jia; Weimin Mao; Dierk Raabe

    2008-01-01

    The spherulite morphology of the rolled and subsequent heat-treated isotaetic polypropylene (iPP) was observed by polarized microscopy, and the crystallinity evolution of materials was also measured by the wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS). Rolling led to the oblate spherulites in the deformed iPP samples. The sheared crystalline lamellae broke apart into sets of crystalline blocks during rolling. As a result, the crystallinity of the iPP samples was greatly reduced during deformation, which induced the unclear spherulites and spherulite boundaries. Subsequent heat treatment resulted in the strong recrystallization of the rolled iPP samples. But the recrystallization in this work only meant the rearrangement of the macromolecule along the unbroken crystalline lamellae and the existing small crystalline blocks in the deformed spherulites. Heat treatment did not change the shape of the spherulites formed during deformation. The recrystallization also resulted in very clear spherulites and spherulite boundaries.

  2. Plasma treatment of polypropylene fabric for improved dyeability with soluble textile dyestuff

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    Yaman, Necla; Özdoğan, Esen; Seventekin, Necdet; Ayhan, Hakan

    2009-05-01

    The impact of plasma treatment parameters on the surface morphology, physical-chemical, and dyeing properties of polypropylene (PP) using anionic and cationic dyestuffs were investigated in this study. Argon plasma treatment was used to activate PP fabric surfaces. Activated surfaces were grafted different compounds: 6-aminohexanoic acid (6-AHA), acrylic acid (AA), ethylendiamine (EDA), acryl amide (AAMID) and hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDS). Compounds were applied after the plasma treatment and the acid and basic dyeing result that was then observed, were quite encouraging in certain conditions. The possible formed oxidizing groups were emphasized by FTIR and ATR and the surface morphology of plasma treated PP fibers was also investigated with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). PP fabric could be dyed with acid and basic dyestuffs after only plasma treatment and plasma induced grafting, and fastnesses of the dyed samples were satisfactory.

  3. Reinforcing effects of modified Kevlar(R) fiber on the mechanical properties of wood-flour/polypropylene composites

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    YUAN Fei-pin; OU Rong-xian; XIE Yan-jun; WANG Qing-wen

    2013-01-01

    Kevlar(R) fiber (KF) is a synthesized product with strong mechanical properties.We used KF as a reinforcement to improve the mechanical properties of wood-flour/polypropylene (WF/PP) composites.KF was pretreated with NaOH to improve its compatibility with the thermoplastic matrix.Maleated polypropylene (MAPP) was used as a coupling agent to improve the interfacial adhesion between KF,WF,and PP.Incorporation of KF improved the mechanical properties of WF/PP composites.Treatment of KF with NaOH resulted in further improvement in mechanical strength.Addition of 3% MAPP and 2% hydrolyzed KF (HKF) led to an increment of 93.8% in unnotched impact strength,17.7% in notched impact strength,86.8% in flexure strength,50.8% in flexure modulus,and 94.1% in tensile strength compared to traditional WF/PP composites.Scanning electron microscopy of the cryo-fractured section of WF/PP showed that the HKF surface was rougher than the virgin KF,and the KF was randomly distributed in the composites,which might cause a mechanical interlocking between KF and polypropylene molecules in the composites.

  4. Wall Slip Effect on Shear-Induced Crystallization Behavior of Isotactic Polypropylene Containing beta-Nucleating Agent

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    Luo, Baojing; Li, Hongfei; Zhang, Yao

    2014-01-01

    Shearing is unavoidable during the polymer process, and isotactic polypropylene (iPP) is one of the most used commercial polymers. iPP mixed with beta-nucleating agent TMB-5 was isothermally crystallized at 135 degrees C from melts under various shear conditions and investigated via synchrotron r......-iPP are in direct proportion to the orientation degree rather than shear rate especially at high shear rate, which proves that wall slip should not be neglected when taking shear effect or rheological behavior into consideration....

  5. Additive manufacturing with polypropylene microfibers.

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    Haigh, Jodie N; Dargaville, Tim R; Dalton, Paul D

    2017-08-01

    The additive manufacturing of small diameter polypropylene microfibers is described, achieved using a technique termed melt electrospinning writing. Sequential fiber layering, which is important for accurate three-dimensional fabrication, was achieved with the smallest fiber diameter of 16.4±0.2μm obtained. The collector speed, temperature and melt flow rate to the nozzle were optimized for quality and minimal fiber pulsing. Of particular importance to the success of this method is appropriate heating of the collector plate, so that the electrostatically drawn filament adheres during the direct-writing process. By demonstrating the direct-writing of polypropylene, new applications exploiting the favorable mechanical, stability and biocompatible properties of this polymer are envisaged. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  6. Functional barrier in two-layer recycled PP films for food packaging applications

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    Scarfato, P.; Di Maio, L.; Milana, M. R.; Feliciani, R.; Denaro, M.; Incarnato, L.

    2014-05-01

    A preliminary study on bi-layer virgin/contaminated polypropylene co-extruded films was performed in order to evaluate the possibility to realize an effective functional barrier in PP-based multi-layer systems. In particular, the specific migration in 10% v/v aqueous ethanol of two surrogate contaminants (phenyl-cyclohexane and benzophenone) contained in the contaminated layer across the PP functional barrier was measured at different times and the results were compared with those obtained from a contaminated mono-layer polypropylene film. Moreover, the thermal and mechanical performances of the produced films were investigated.

  7. Study on the Properties of Microcapsulated Chlorocyclophosphazene Polypropylene Composites%三聚氯化磷腈微胶囊阻燃剂/聚丙烯复合材料的性能研究

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    刘亚青; 赵贵哲

    2007-01-01

    Microcapsulated chlorocyclophosphazenes were synthesized, and then microcapsulated chlorocyclophosphazene/polypropylene(PP) composites were prepared.The results showed that microcapsulated chlorocyclophosphazene had good high thermal stability through thermogravimetric analysis (TGA).The flammability and mechanical properties of microcapsulated chlorocyclophosphazene/polypropylene composites were investigated by limiting oxygen index experiment, UL 94V flame retardancy test, cone calorimetry, tensile experiment, and impact test, respectively.It was shown that the microcapsulated chlorocyclophosphazene/PP composites had better tensile strength, impact strength, flame retardant properties and smoke suppress properties compared with chlorocyclophosphazene/PP composites.

  8. Synergistic thermal stabilization of ceramic/co-polyimide coated polypropylene separators for lithium-ion batteries

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    Lee, Yunju; Lee, Hoogil; Lee, Taejoo; Ryou, Myung-Hyun; Lee, Yong Min

    2015-10-01

    To improve the safety of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), co-polyimide (PI) P84 was introduced as a polymeric binder for Al2O3/polymer composite surface coatings on polypropylene (PP) separators. By monitoring the dimensional shrinkage of the PP separators at high temperatures, we verified a synergistic thermal stabilization effect between the Al2O3 ceramic and the PI polymeric binder. Although PI was thermally stable up to 300 °C, a coating consisting solely of PI did not impede the PP separator dimensional changes (-22% at 150 °C). On the other hand, the Al2O3/PI-coated PP separators efficiently impeded the thermal shrinkage (-10% at 150 °C). In contrast, an Al2O3/poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) combination lowered the thermal stability of the PP separators (-33% at 150 °C). As a result, the Al2O3/PI-coated PP separators remarkably suppressed the internal short-circuit of the unit half-cells associated with separator thermal shrinkage (100 min at 160 °C), whereas the PVdF-HFP retained only 40 min under identical conditions. The Al2O3/PI-coated PP separators achieved rate capabilities and cell performances similar to those of the bare PP separators.

  9. Synergistic effects of alkylated graphene oxide on the properties of polypropylene-based carbon nanocomposites.

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    Yun, Young Soo; Pyo, Hye-Ri; Lee, Jae Yun; Chin, In-Joo; Jin, Hyoung-Joon

    2013-10-01

    Polypropylene (PP)/carbon black (CB)-alkylated graphene oxide (AGO) hybrid nanocomposites were prepared via solution process and the synergistic effects of AGO on the properties of the PP/CB nanocomposites were investigated. AGO at a content of only 0.2 wt% formed an overlapped network structure in the PP matrix and affected the electrical, thermal and mechanical properties of the PP/CB nanocomposites. Specifically, PP/CB (5 wt%)-AGO (0.2 wt%) nanocomposites exhibited an electrical percolation threshold at lower CB contents than the PP/CB nanocomposites did, and the sheet resistance was decreased to 2.3 x 10(7) omega/sq. The thermal degradation temperature and recrystallization temperature of the PP/CB (10 wt%) nanocomposites were increased by 11.3 and 1.6 degrees C, respectively, by the addition of 0.2 wt% AGO. In addition, the Young's modulus of the PP/CB (10 wt%) nanocomposite was increased from 438.1 to 540.1 MPa.

  10. Preparation of Nanosilica-immobilized Antioxidant and the Antioxidation Effects in Polypropylene

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    Zai-man Liu; Yun Liu; Nai-pu He; Bai-yu Li

    2014-01-01

    To improve the dispersion of silica in polypropylene (PP) matrix and to avoid physical loss of the antioxidants,nanosilica with dendric polyamidoamines on the surface (SG-PAMAM) was synthesized by using divergent method.Then nanosilica-immobilized antioxidant (SG-PAMAM-AO) was prepared by grafting 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-aminophenol which was derived from 2,6-di-tert-butyl-4-phenol (AO).The SG-PAMAM-AO was added into PP by melt mixing to study the aging property.The oxidation induction time of PP/SG-PAMAM-AO and PP/AO compounds was measured.It was found that the antioxidant property of the SG-PAMAM-AO was superior to that of AO.According to the changes of carbonyl absorption before and after photo-thermal aging,the photo-thermal oxidative stability of PP/SG-PAMAM-AO was much higher than that of PP,PP/SG-PAMAM and PP/AO.

  11. Decoration of Silica Nanoparticles on Polypropylene Separator for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries.

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    Li, Jing; Huang, Yudai; Zhang, Su; Jia, Wei; Wang, Xingchao; Guo, Yong; Jia, Dianzeng; Wang, Lishi

    2017-03-01

    A SiO2 nanoparticle decorated polypropylene (PP) separator (PP-SiO2) has been prepared by simply immersing the PP separator in the hydrolysis solution of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) with the assistance of Tween-80. After decoration, the thermal stability and the electrolyte wettability of the PP-SiO2 separator are obviously improved. When the PP-SiO2 separator is used for lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, the cyclic stability and rate capability of the batteries are greatly enhanced. The capacity retention ratio of the Li-S battery configured with the PP-SiO2 separator is 64% after 200 cycles at 0.2 C, which is much higher than that configured with the PP separator (45%). Moreover, the rate capacity of the Li-S batteries using the PP-SiO2 separator reaches 956.3, 691.5, 621, and 567.6 mAh g(-1) at the current density of 0.2, 0.5, 1, and 2 C, respectively. The reason could be ascribed to that the polar silica coating not only alleviates the shuttle effect but also facilitates Li-ion migration.

  12. Non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of polypropylene and hyperbranched polyester blends☆

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    Qingchun Fan; Feihong Duan; Huaibing Guo; Tian Wu

    2015-01-01

    Polypropylene (PP) with different contents of the second generation hyperbranched polyester (HBP) is prepared by melt blending method. The non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of PP and PP/HBP blends is investigated under differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The Mo equation is used to analyze the DSC data. The results show that the Mo theory is suitable for crystal ization kinetics of the blends. Fast cooling rate is not good for crys-tallizing and nucleating. The values of half crystal ization time (t1/2), crystal ization enthalpy (ΔHc) and temper-ature range (ΔT) of PP/HBP blends decrease when HBP is added. The required cooling rate of PP is higher than that of PP/HBP blends in order to reach the same relative crystal inity. Crystallization rate increases with the ad-dition of HBP. The crystallization rate reaches a maximum when the content of HBP is 5%. In addition, the activa-tion energies of PP and PP/HBP blends are calculated by Kissinger equation, revealing that the content of HBP has a little effect on the crystallization activation energy.

  13. Development of Antibacterial Composite Films Based on Isotactic Polypropylene and Coated ZnO Particles for Active Food Packaging

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    Clara Silvestre

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was aimed at developing new films based on isotactic polypropylene (iPP for food packaging applications using zinc oxide (ZnO with submicron dimension particles obtained by spray pyrolysis. To improve compatibility with iPP, the ZnO particles were coated with stearic acid (ZnOc. Composites based on iPP with 2 wt % and 5 wt % of ZnOc were prepared in a twin-screw extruder and then filmed by a calender. The effect of ZnOc on the properties of iPP were assessed and compared with those obtained in previous study on iPP/ZnO and iPP/iPPgMA/ZnO. For all composites, a homogeneous distribution and dispersion of ZnOc was obtained indicating that the coating with stearic acid of the ZnO particles reduces the surface polarity mismatch between iPP and ZnO. The iPP/ZnOc composite films have relevant zinc oxide with respect to E. coli, higher thermal stability and improved mechanical and impact properties than the pure polymer and the composites iPP/ZnO and iPP/iPPgMA/ZnO. This study demonstrated that iPP/ZnOc films are suitable materials for potential application in the active packaging field.

  14. Flow-induced crystallization in isotactic polypropylene

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    Hamad, Fawzi Ghassan

    Brief intervals of strong flow stretch chains in a semicrystalline polymer melt, which results in an increase in the nuclei number density and a transformation of the crystal structure. This flow-induced crystallization (FIC) phenomenon is explored in this study using highly isotactic polypropylene (iPP) samples. Using one synthesized and five commercial linear isotactic polypropylene samples, we investigate the FIC behavior by imposing shear onto these samples in a rotational rheometer. Equipped with a good temperature control and flexible shear protocol, we apply different temperature and flow conditions. The magnitude of the FIC effect varies with basic processing parameters (shear rate, specific work, crystallization temperature, and shearing temperature) and material properties (totalistic, molecular weight distribution, and particle concentration in the polymer). The scope of this study is to systematically investigate the influences of these parameters on FIC. The FIC effects that are investigated in this dissertation are: crystallization kinetics, persistence time of flow-induced nuclei, and crystal morphology. The crystallization time was measured in the rheometer by monitoring the onset of crystallization after quenching samples sheared above Tm. These samples were subsequently used to study their flow-induced nuclei persistence time and crystal morphology. The lifetime of flow-induced nuclei was determined by measuring the time required to return from FIC back to quiescent crystallization using a differential scanning calorimeter. The crystal morphology was imaged using polarized optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy. We investigated the influence of specific work on the three FIC characteristics, and found three regimes that are separated by the critical work ( Wc) and the saturation work (Wsat) thresholds. Below the critical work threshold, the morphology is composed of mostly spherulite crystals, which keep a constant volume, and a small

  15. The effect of the compatibilizer SEBS-g-GMA on the blend PP-PET: virgin and recycled materials

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    2016-01-01

    Abstract. In the carpet industry poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) and poly(propylene) (PP) are often used together within a single product. Mechanical recycling of these carpets results in a blend of PET and PP, which are immiscible. To enhance impact strength of this waste stream, the compatibilizer SEBS-g-GMA was used. More specific the transferability of earlier results with the compatibilizer, obtained on virgin PET-PP blends with amorphous PET (PETg), was assessed. Firstly, from these ...

  16. Studies on the properties of rice-husk-filled-PP composites: effect of maleated PP

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    Simone Maria Leal Rosa

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Rice husk is a by-product of rice milling process that usually finds inadequate final disposal (burning, land filling. Thermoplastics composites filled with rice husk flour are materials that offer an alternative for using this agricultural resource viewing the production of low dense materials with some specific properties. In this work composites of polypropylene (PP and rice husk flour (RHF were prepared by melt extrusion. Maleic anhydride-modified PP (MAPP was added as a coupling agent. It was verified that tensile strength decreased with filler loading. The presence of MAPP improved this property showing a strong dependence on the MAPP/RHF ratio (MAPP/RHF = 0.03 produced the best results. The density of the composites slightly increased with filler and coupling agent in comparison to pure PP. The presence of MAPP diminished more than 20% water uptake in highly-loaded composites.

  17. Laparoscopic repair of congenital pleuroperitoneal hernia using a polypropylene mesh in a dog

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    H.F. Hartmann

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Pleuroperitoneal hernias are the most uncommon type of diaphragmatic hernias in dogs and cats. The treatment of choice is surgery and may involve the use of prosthetic implant through celiotomy. In the current report, laparoscopic repair of a congenital pleuroperitoneal hernia using polypropylene mesh in a dog is described. The surgery was feasible. Appropriate reduction of the hernia was carried out and no complications were noted.

  18. Local dielectric permittivity profiles of sapphire/polypropylene interfaces

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    Yu, Liping; Ranjan, V.; Buongiorno Nardelli, M.; Bernholc, J.

    2009-03-01

    Recently, the need for high-power-density capacitors has stimulated research to develop composite dielectric materials with high-k nanoparticles embedded in a polymer matrix. In these materials, surfaces and interfaces may play an important role in determining the overall dielectric properties. We present first-principles investigations of the dielectric permittivity profiles across slabs and interfaces of sapphire(α-Al2O3)/isotactic-polypropylene(iPP). Our results indicate that the permittivity profile at interface strongly depends on the nanoscale averaging procedure. We propose an averaging model that ensures near-locality of the dielectric function. We find that: (i) the dielectric permittivity approaches the corresponding bulk value just a few atomic layers away from the interface or surface; (ii) the dielectric constant is enhanced at the surfaces of the isolated α-Al2O3 slabs, while no enhancement is observed at the iPP slab surfaces; and (iii) the dielectric transition at the αAl2O3/iPP is mainly confined in the αAl2O3 side.

  19. Isotactic polypropylene carbon nanotube composites -- crystallization and ordering behavior

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    Georgiev, Georgi; Judith, Robert; Gombos, Erin; McIntyre, Michael; Schoen, Scott; Cebe, Peggy; Mattera, Michael

    2010-03-01

    The field of Polymer Nanocomposites (PNCs) is growing steadily in recent years. We use carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to affect the crystallization behavior of the polymers. Isotactic Polypropylene (iPP) is very widely used and is a good model system to understand the physics of other similar polymers. iPP/CNT PNCs form α, β, and γ crystallographic phases under a variety of crystallization conditions: non-isothermal and isothermal melt crystallization, shear, stress, fiber extrusion, etc. The crystal growth is altered from spherulitic to α-fibrillar upon the nucleation effect of CNTs. We are studying the effect of different temperature treatment schemes and different isothermal crystallization conditions. We found also that the smectic ordering in iPP is improved by the introduction of CNTs. We use Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Wide Angle X-ray scattering, Microscopic Transmission Ellipsometry and Avrami analysis. Research supported by: Assumption College Faculty Development Grant, funding for students' stipends, instrumentation and supplies, the NSF Polymers Program of the DMR, grant (DMR-0602473) and NASA grant (NAG8-1167).

  20. Electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness of polypropylene/conducting fiber composites

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    Lee, Pyoung-Chan; Kim, Bo-Ram; Jeoung, Sun Kyoung; Kim, Yeung Keun

    2016-03-01

    Electromagnetic released from the automotive electronic parts is harmful to human body. Electromagnetic interference (EMT) shielding refers to the reflection and/or adsorption of electromagnetic radiation by a material, which thereby acts as a shield against the penetration of the radiation through the shield. Polypropylene (PP)/conductive micro fiber composites containing various fiber contents and fiber length were injection-molded. The effect of fiber content and length on electrical properties of the composites was studied by electrical resistivity and EMT shielding measurements. The through-plane electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity were obtained by measuring dielectric properties. The EMT shielding effectiveness (SE) was investigated by using S-parameter in the range of 100 ~ 1500 MHz. Reflection, absorption and multiple-reflection are the EMT attenuation mechanisms. From the measurement of S-Parameters, the absorption coefficient, reflection coefficient, and the shielding efficiency of the materials were calculated. The EMT SE of PP/conducing fiber composites is 40 dB over a wide frequency range up to 1.5 GHz, which is higher than that of PP/talc composite used automotive parts, viz. 0 dB.

  1. Mechanical properties of polypropylene/calcium carbonate nanocomposites

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    Daniel Eiras

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to study the influence of calcium carbonate nanoparticles in both tensile and impact mechanical properties of a polypropylene homopolymer. Four compositions of PP/CaCO3 nanocomposites were prepared in a co-rotational twin screw extruder machine with calcium carbonate content of 3, 5, 7 and 10 wt. (% The tests included SEM analyzes together with EDS analyzer and FTIR spectroscopy for calcium carbonate, tensile and impact tests for PP and the nanocomposites. The results showed an increase in PP elastic modulus and a little increase in yield stress. Brittle-to-ductile transition temperature was reduced and the impact resistance increased with the addition of nanoparticles. From the stress-strain curves we determined the occurrence of debonding process before yielding leading to stress softening. Debonding stress was determined from stress-strain curves corresponding to stress in 1% strain. We concluded that the tensile properties depend on the surface contact area of nanoparticles and on their dispersion. Finally we believe that the toughening was due to the formation of diffuse shear because of debonding process.

  2. Electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness of polypropylene/conducting fiber composites

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    Lee, Pyoung-Chan, E-mail: pclee@katech.re.kr; Kim, Bo-Ram; Jeoung, Sun Kyoung [Korea Automotive Technology lnstitute, Dongnam-Gu, Chonan-Si, Chungnam 330-912 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yeung Keun [Win& Win Co., Ltd., Anseong-Si, Gyeonggi-Do, 456-931 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-03-09

    Electromagnetic released from the automotive electronic parts is harmful to human body. Electromagnetic interference (EMT) shielding refers to the reflection and/or adsorption of electromagnetic radiation by a material, which thereby acts as a shield against the penetration of the radiation through the shield. Polypropylene (PP)/conductive micro fiber composites containing various fiber contents and fiber length were injection-molded. The effect of fiber content and length on electrical properties of the composites was studied by electrical resistivity and EMT shielding measurements. The through-plane electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity were obtained by measuring dielectric properties. The EMT shielding effectiveness (SE) was investigated by using S-parameter in the range of 100 ~ 1500 MHz. Reflection, absorption and multiple-reflection are the EMT attenuation mechanisms. From the measurement of S-Parameters, the absorption coefficient, reflection coefficient, and the shielding efficiency of the materials were calculated. The EMT SE of PP/conducing fiber composites is 40 dB over a wide frequency range up to 1.5 GHz, which is higher than that of PP/talc composite used automotive parts, viz. 0 dB.

  3. ToF-SIMS imaging of PE/PP polymer using multivariate analysis

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    Miyasaka, Toyomitsu; Ikemoto, Takashi; Kohno, Teiichiro

    2008-12-01

    The distribution of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) in PE/PP blended-polymer film was determined by applying principal components analysis (PCA) and multivariate curve resolution (MCR) to time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS) imaging, together with preprocessing by pixel binning, normalization, and autoscaling to increase image contrast by reducing topographic and charge-distribution effects. The PE/PP distribution was confirmed by MVA conducted on the image data over static limit. The MCR score with normalized-autoscaling was found to give the PE/PP distribution distinctly.

  4. Effect of compatibilizer on non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of PP/r-PET blends%增容剂对PP/r-PET共混物非等温结晶动力学的影响

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    周红军; 卢永乐; 何桂銮

    2013-01-01

    The effect of the compatibilizer of glycidyl methacrylate-grafted polypropylene (PP-g-GMA) on the non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of polypropylene (PP)/recycled polyethylene terephthalate (r-PET) blend were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry. The results showed that r-PET had a heterogeneous nucleation effect in PP/r-PET blend system, resulting in an elevation of PP crystallization peak temperature and a decrease in the half-crystallization time of the blend system ; the addition of PP-g-GMA decreased the crystallization temperature of PP/r-PET and increased the half-crstallization time, but depressed the crystallization activation energy of PP.%采用差示扫描量热法研究了增容剂甲基丙烯酸缩水甘油酯接枝聚丙烯(PP-g-GMA)对聚丙烯(PP)/回收聚对苯二甲酸乙二酯(r-PET)共混物的非等温结晶动力学的影响.结果表明:在PP/r-PET共混体系中,r-PET起到异相成核的作用,PP的结晶峰温升高,半结晶时间减少;增容剂PP-g-GMA的加入使PP/r-PET的结晶温度降低,半结晶时间增大,但降低了PP的结晶活化能.

  5. The effect of modified ijuk fibers to crystallinity of polypropylene composite

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    Prabowo, I.; Nur Pratama, J.; Chalid, M.

    2017-07-01

    Nowadays, plastics becomes concern associated with its degradation and environmental issues. It has led studies to develop an environmental-friendly material. To minimize the impact of those problems, recently the usage of natural fibers as a filler are introduced because of biodegradability and availability. The promising natural fiber is “ijuk” fiber from Arenga pinnata plant as a filler and polypropylene (PP) polymer as a matrix. Unfortunately, the natural fibers and polymers have the different properties on which polymers are polar while natural fibers are non-polar so that reducing the compatibility and resulting the poor crystallinity. To enhance the compatibility and crystallinity, ijuk fibers were prepared by multistage treatments including alkalinization with 5 and 10% sodium hydroxide (NaOH), oxidation with 3 and 6% sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) and hydrolysis with 20% sulphuric acid (H2SO4) in sequences. The purposes of multistage treatments are to remove the components such as lignin, wax, hemicellulose, to cause an oxidative fragmentation of remaining lignin and to annihilate the amorphous parts respectively. Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) confirms the compatibility meanwhile Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) reveals the crystallinity and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) displays surface morphology of polypropylene. The experiments were revealing that the effects of “ijuk” fibers by the multistage treatments of 5 and 10% NaOH resulting the crystallinity of polypropylene around 31.2 and 27.64% respectively compared to the crystallinity before adding the “ijuk” fibers for 16.8%. It indicates that the entire treatments increasing the compatibility and crystallinity of polypropylene. In addition, the use of 5% NaOH offers the better crystallinity than non-treated polypropylene. The experiments conclude that by adding alkalinized “ijuk” fibers of multistage treatments can increase the compatibility and crystallinity of polypropylene.

  6. Preparation of High Shrinkage Polypropylene

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    吕文军; 王华平; 李建梅; 张玉梅

    2001-01-01

    The common PP chips have been used to prepare high shrinkage PP fibers with shrinkage in boiling water higher than 50%. Meanwhile, the process conditions on fiber structure and properties have been discussed in detail. With the increase of drawing temperature, the shrinkage in boiling water of the fiber increases at first,and then decreases in the temperature range from 70℃ to 100℃. The better drawing temperature is from 75℃ to 85℃ according to the melt index of the PP material. The shrinkage in boiling water of PP fiber increases with the increase of pump delivery. The orientation factor and crystallinity increase with the increase of drawing temperature. With an increase in drawing temperature,unit-cell numbers and monomer unit numbers in every crystal nucleus tend to increase, but unit volume crystal nucleus tend to reduce.

  7. Dyeing of Polypropylene Fibers with Vat Dyes

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    LIU Hang; ETTERS J. Nolan; LEONAS Karen K

    2006-01-01

    Polypropylene fibers have been extensively used in a variety of products, including carpets and upholstery, due to their non-absorbency, good weather resistance, good resistance to microorganisms and so on. Because of their hydrophobic and highly crystalline nature, those well-established conventional dyeing processes are difficult to apply to unmodified polypropylene. Colors of polypropylene fibers are primarily obtained by mass coloration which has the disadvantages of limited number of colors available and difficulties in inventory control due to the rapidly changing color needs of the market. In this paper, the use of vat dyes to dye polypropylene fabrics is investigated. Seventeen vat dyes were screened and factors influencing uptake of dyes by polypropylene fabrics were studied.

  8. Polypropylene suture--is it safe?

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    Calhoun, T R; Kitten, C M

    1986-07-01

    Polypropylene suture has steadily gained popularity for use in vascular and cardiac surgical procedures because of its long-term tensile strength and minimal tissue trauma. However, recently some questions have arisen concerning its safety. We recently had two cases of polypropylene fracture, one occurring early and the other late after operation. Comparison and collation of these two cases with other reports leads to the conclusion that polypropylene suture is safe in most situations, but care must be taken to avoid instrumentation trauma and kinking stresses at knots, which probably explain most of the reported cases of polypropylene failure. In addition, polypropylene probably should not be used in graft-to-graft anastomoses in which the continual sawing stresses of two rigid structures appears to lead to an excessive incidence of late suture fracture with resultant false aneurysm formation.

  9. IMPROVED PROPERTIES OF METALLOCENE-CATALYZED LINEAR LOW-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE/POLYPROPYLENE BLENDS DURING ULTRASONIC EXTRUSION

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    2007-01-01

    Metallocene-catalyzed linear low-density polyethylene/polypropylene (mLLDPE/PP) blends were prepared by ultrasonic extrusion in this work. Their extrusion processing behaviors were estimated by online measured data, such as the die pressure and flow rate. Crystallization and mechanical properties of the blends were also investigated. The results show that the addition of PP improves the processing behaviors of mLLDPE, but has little effect on its mechanical properties. On the other hand, the addition of mLLDPE improves the impact strength of PP, but has little effect on its processing behavior. The processing behaviors and mechanical properties of mLLDPE/PP blends get further improved due to the presence of ultrasonic oscillation during extrusion. Compared with PP-rich blends, the apparent viscosity drop of mLLDPE-rich blends is more sensitive to ultrasonic oscillation. The ultrasonic oscillation affects the crystal nucleation, while barely the other crystalline behaviors of the blends.

  10. Formation of CuxS Layers on Polypropylene Sulfurized by Molten Sulfur

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    Rasa ALABURDAITĖ

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The processes of formation of electrically conductive layers of copper sulfides CuxS by the sorption-diffusion method on polypropylene (PP using molten sulfur as sulfurizing agent was investigated. The amount of sorbed sulfur increased with the increase of the duration of treatment. Copper sulfide layers were formed on the surface of polypropylene after the treatment of sulfurized polymer with Cu(II/I salt solution. The amount of copper sulfide in layer increased with the increase of treatment duration in copper salt solution. XRD spectra of PP films treated for 3 min with molten sulfur and then with Cu(II/I salt solution for the different time showed that the copper sulfide phases, mostly digenite, Cu2-xS and a-chalcocite, Cu2S were formed in the layers. Electromotive force measurement results confirmed the composition of formed CuxS layers on PP. The phase composition of layers also changed after the annealing. The value of electrical resistance of copper sulfide layers on PP varied from 20 W/cm2 to 80 W/cm2 and after annealing at 80 °C - in the interval of 10 W/cm2 - 60 W/cm2.http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.17.4.776

  11. Formation of CuxS Layers on Polypropylene Sulfurized by Molten Sulfur

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    Rasa ALABURDAITĖ

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The processes of formation of electrically conductive layers of copper sulfides CuxS by the sorption-diffusion method on polypropylene (PP using molten sulfur as sulfurizing agent was investigated. The amount of sorbed sulfur increased with the increase of the duration of treatment. Copper sulfide layers were formed on the surface of polypropylene after the treatment of sulfurized polymer with Cu(II/I salt solution. The amount of copper sulfide in layer increased with the increase of treatment duration in copper salt solution. XRD spectra of PP films treated for 3 min with molten sulfur and then with Cu(II/I salt solution for the different time showed that the copper sulfide phases, mostly digenite, Cu2-xS and a-chalcocite, Cu2S were formed in the layers. Electromotive force measurement results confirmed the composition of formed CuxS layers on PP. The phase composition of layers also changed after the annealing. The value of electrical resistance of copper sulfide layers on PP varied from 20 W/cm2 to 80 W/cm2 and after annealing at 80 °C - in the interval of 10 W/cm2 - 60 W/cm2.http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.17.4.776

  12. Preparation of Microporous Polypropylene/Titanium Dioxide Composite Membranes with Enhanced Electrolyte Uptake Capability via Melt Extruding and Stretching

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    Shan Wang

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a blending strategy based on compounding the hydrophilic titanium dioxide (TiO2 particles with the host polypropylene (PP pellets, followed by the common membrane manufacture process of melt extruding/annealing/stretching, was used to improve the polarity and thus electrolyte uptake capability of the PP-based microporous membranes. The influence of the TiO2 particles on the crystallinity and crystalline orientation of the PP matrix was studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and infrared dichroic methods. The results showed that the TiO2 incorporation has little influence on the oriented lamellar structure of the PP-based composite films. Investigations of the deformation behavior indicated that both the lamellar separation and interfacial debonding occurred when the PP/TiO2 composite films were subjected to uniaxial tensile stress. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM observations verified that two forms of micropores were generated in the stretched PP/TiO2 composite membranes. Compared to the virgin PP membrane, the PP/TiO2 composite membranes especially at high TiO2 loadings showed significant improvements in terms of water vapor permeability, polarity, and electrolyte uptake capability. The electrolyte uptake of the PP/TiO2 composite membrane with 40 wt % TiO2 was 104%, which had almost doubled compared with that of the virgin PP membrane.

  13. Dielectric Properties of Polypropylene-Based Nanocomposites with Ionic Liquid-Functionalized Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Xu, Pei; Gui, Haoguan; Hu, Yadong; Bahader, Ali; Ding, Yunsheng

    2014-07-01

    Nanocomposites were prepared from polypropylene (PP) and untreated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) or MWCNTs surface-functionalized with ionic liquids (MIL), as fillers, and their dielectric properties were compared. The physical (cation-π/π-π) interaction between the ionic liquids and the MWCNTs was apparent from Raman spectroscopy and from thermogravimetric analysis. Morphology characterization revealed that ionic liquids improve the dispersibility of MWCNTs in the PP matrix. It is suggested that the substantial increase in the dielectric permittivity of the nanocomposites compared with that of the PP originates from a remarkable Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) effect at percolation threshold where mobile charge carriers are blocked at internal interfaces between the MIL and the PP matrix. The high polarity of ionic liquids may reinforce the MWS effect, and the nonconducting organic groups of the ionic liquids promote the low loss tangent and low conductivity of the MIL/PP nanocomposites. Compared with MWCNTs/PP nanocomposites, lower loss tangent and higher dielectric permittivity were observed for MIL/PP nanocomposites, making the material more attractive for application in electronics.

  14. Spatially resolved characterization of cellulose nanocrystal-polypropylene composite by confocal Raman microscopy.

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    Agarwal, Umesh P; Sabo, Ronald; Reiner, Richard S; Clemons, Craig M; Rudie, Alan W

    2012-07-01

    Raman spectroscopy was used to analyze cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) -polypropylene (PP) composites and to investigate the spatial distribution of CNCs in extruded composite filaments. Three composites were made from two forms of nanocellulose (CNCs from wood pulp and the nano-scale fraction of microcrystalline cellulose) and two of the three composites investigated used maleated PP as a coupling agent. Raman maps, based on cellulose and PP bands at 1098 and 1460 cm(-1), respectively, obtained at 1 μm spatial resolution showed that the CNCs were aggregated to various degrees in the PP matrix. Of the three composites analyzed, two showed clear existence of phase-separated regions: Raman images with strong PP and absent/weak cellulose or vice versa. For the third composite, the situation was slightly improved but a clear transition interface between the PP-abundant and CNC-abundant regions was observed, indicating that the CNC remained poorly dispersed. The spectroscopic approach to investigating spatial distribution of the composite components was helpful in evaluating CNC dispersion in the composite at the microscopic level, which helped explain the relatively modest reinforcement of PP by the CNCs.

  15. Time-resolved WAXD studies on the crystallization of isotactic polypropylene/graphene nanocomposites

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    Nishitsuji, Shotaro; Endoh, Maya; Guo, Yichen; Rafailovich, Miriam; Koga, Tadanori

    2015-03-01

    Graphene is one layer of carbon atoms, which has good electronic, thermal conductivity and mechanical properties. By adding graphene to isotactic polypropylene (iPP), the mechanical and electrical properties of the polymer are significantly improved. To further achieve high performance of iPP/graphene nanocomposites (``NCs''), it is important to investigate the relationship between the crystalline structure of iPP and the mechanical property of the iPP/graphene NCs. In this study, the effect of the graphene on the crystallization behavior of the polymer was investigated by using time-resolved wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). The iPP/graphene NCs with different weight ratios of graphene were prepared by using a twin screw extruder. After temperature jump from 210 °C (>Tm) to 170 °C, the melt-crystallization process was observed by in situ WAXD. The results showed that the crystalline structure of all the samples was still α-form that is the same as the neat PP, while the ratios of the diffraction peaks are quite different from those of the neat PP. We will discuss the detailed structure in this presentation.

  16. The Application of Novel Polypropylene to the Insulation of Electric Power Cable (2)

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    Miyashita, Yoshitsugu; Demura, Tsuyoshi; Ueda, Asakiyo; Someya, Akira; Kawahigashi, Masaki; Murakami, Tsuyoshi; Matsuda, Yoshiji; Kurahashi, Kiyoshi; Yoshino, Katsumi

    The authors had investigated the basic properties of newly developed stereoregular syndiotactic polypropylene (s-PP) which had been synthesized with homogeneous metallocene catalyst, in the previous paper. As the result of this, it was revealed that s-PP had superior thermal and electrical properties to cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) which was adopted as conventional insulating material for high voltage power cable. In this paper, we estimated the possibility to apply s-PP to the actual power cable from the viewpoint of long-term thermal durability and processability. Consequently, it was found that the thermal stability of s-PP could be significantly improved by adding both hindered phenol and sulfur antioxidants, and wide molecular weight distribution of s-PP contributed to good processability during extrusion. On the basis of these results, 600V and 22kV class cables with insulation of s-PP were manufactured. Successfully manufactured cables proposed that s-PP could be available to electric power cable. Lightning Impulse and AC breakdown strength of both cables at the temperature range of RT to 120°C will be discussed.

  17. Risk Factors for Mesh Exposure after Transvaginal Mesh Surgery

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    Ke Niu; Yong-Xian Lu; Wen-Jie Shen; Ying-Hui Zhang; Wen-Ying Wang

    2016-01-01

    Background:Mesh exposure after surgery continues to be a clinical challenge for urogynecological surgeons.The purpose of this study was to explore the risk factors for polypropylene (PP) mesh exposure after transvaginal mesh (TVM) surgery.Methods:This study included 195 patients with advanced pelvic organ prolapse (POP),who underwent TVM from January 2004to December 2012 at the First Affiliated Hospital of Chinese PLA General Hospital.Clinical data were evaluated including patient's demography,TVM type,concomitant procedures,operation time,blood loss,postoperative morbidity,and mesh exposure.Mesh exposure was identified through postoperative vaginal examination.Statistical analysis was performed to identify risk factors for mesh exposure.Results:Two-hundred and nine transvaginal PP meshes were placed,including 194 in the anterior wall and 15 in the posterior wall.Concomitant tension-free vaginal tape was performed in 61 cases.The mean follow-up time was 35.1 ± 23.6 months.PP mesh exposure was identified in 32 cases (16.4%),with 31 in the anterior wall and 1 in the posterior wall.Significant difference was found in operating time and concomitant procedures between exposed and nonexposed groups (F =7.443,P =0.007;F =4.307,P =0.039,respectively).Binary logistic regression revealed that the number of concomitant procedures and operation time were risk factors for mesh exposure (P =0.001,P =0.043).Conclusion:Concomitant procedures and increased operating time increase the risk for postoperative mesh exposure in patients undergoing TVM surgery for POP.

  18. Recycled and Virgin HDPEs as Bleed Inhibitors and Their Rheological Influences on Lubricating Greases Thickened with PP and mPP

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    Ravi Dixena

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Polypropylene (PP thickened lubricating grease exhibits high oil bleed tendency at low temperatures, which makes it a promising candidate for low temperature applications. At elevated temperatures, PP thickened lubricating grease exhibits excessive oil bleeding, which limits its use at high temperatures. Excessive oil bleed adversely affects the lubricating performance of the PP thickened grease. The present work is focused on the study of the oil bleed tendency of PP and Maleated Polypropylene (mPP thickened greases at various temperatures by incorporating virgin and recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE into the thickener system. Grease containing various percentages of PP and mPP thickeners were prepared and modified with different percentages of virgin and recycled HDPE. Polymers were characterized through differential scanning calorimetry (DSC techniques. The oil bleed performance of these greases was evaluated by the conical sieve method (ASTM D 6184 at various temperatures. Storage (G′ and loss modulus (G″ of greases was determined by rheometry at 25 °C. Incorporation of HDPE and recycled HDPE in PP thickened grease decreased oil bleeding compared to the base grease.

  19. Histopathological Comparison of Mosquito Net with Polypropylene Mesh for Hernia Repair: An Experimental Study in Rats.

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    Sharma, Mukesh; Sharma, Deepti Bala; Chandrakar, Shiv Kumar; Sharma, Dhananjaya

    2015-12-01

    Use of mosquito net, in place of polypropylene mesh, had been reported for tension-free hernia repair, as a better cost-effective option. This experimental histopathological study was performed in rats to find out the tissue response and the foreign body reaction and its comparison between commercial polypropylene mesh and the sterilized mosquito net. This experimental study was conducted in the Department of Surgery, Government NSCB, Medical College, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), India. It was carried out in 40 albino rats. A 1.5 × 0.5-cm hernial defect was created by excising full-thickness abdominal wall muscle. All rats underwent on-lay mesh repair of hernial defect (polypropylene mesh, n = 20; mosquito net, n = 20). Half of rats in each group were sacrificed on day 14, and the other half, on day 90. Sections of containing mesh were examined histopathologically for inflammatory infiltrate, giant cells, and collagen deposition. Mosquito net group showed significantly greater number of giant cells and inflammatory cells at 14 and 90 days (p  0.05 and p > 0.05, respectively). Results of mosquito net are comparable to conventional polypropylene mesh. In a setup, where cost-effectiveness is of primary importance, use of mosquito net for tension-free hernia repair can be an acceptable alternative as proven histologically, to commercially available polypropylene mesh.

  20. Dynamic Response of Stereoblock Elastomeric Polypropylene Studied by Rheo-Optics and X-ray Scattering: 1. Influence of Isotacticity

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    Pople, John A

    2002-08-06

    The dynamic response of elastomeric polypropylene (ePP) prepared by metallocene 2-arylindene hafnium catalyst was investigated by rheo-optical birefringence as well as wide- and small-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS and SAXS). Solvent extraction of ePP ([mmmm] = 34%) results in three fractions with increasing tacticity, crystallinity, and molecular weight in the following order: ether soluble ([mmmm] = 21%), heptane soluble (44%), and heptane insoluble (76%). Unstretched ePP reveals a crystalline phase of the {alpha}-form isotactic polypropylene (i-PP). Tensile stretching of ePP yields three sets of scatterings (equatorial, off-axis diagonal, and meridional arc). High-tacticity fractions contribute to the equatorial and off-axis diagonal scatterings, revealing molecular-scale orientation parallel to the strain axis and crystalline phase transformation from the {alpha}-form to the mesomorphic form. The meridional arc is contributed by the low-tacticity ether-soluble fraction with crystalline chains oriented with a preferred direction orthogonal relative to the strain direction. SAXS, which probes long-range ordering, exhibits broad and diffuse meridional peak for the intermediate-tacticity fraction. This implies that lamellae are oriented orthogonal to the strain direction upon stretching. Permanent deformation of ePP after stretching, as measured by the residual strain (tensile set), originates from permanently oriented crystallites and chains pinned within crystalline networks.

  1. Study of gel formation in polypropylene modified by gamma irradiation; Estudo da formacao de geis em polipropileno modificado por irradiacao gama

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    Oliani, W.L.; Parra, D.F.; Fermino, D.M.; Lima, L.F.C.P.; Lugao, A.B., E-mail: washoliani@usp.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Riella, H.G. [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, SC (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    The linearity of the chains of iPP (isotactic polypropylene) confers to this, low melt strength. This fact limits the use of iPP in processes that demand high stretching. The graft of branches confers improvements in its extensional viscosity, resulting in Polypropylene with High Melt Strength (HMS-PP). Preparation process of the HMS-PP, included iPP in pellets, conditioned in plastic container containing acetylene under pressure of 110 kPa and radiation with {gamma} source of {sup 60}Co in the doses of 5, 12.5 and 20 kGy. The gel fraction of the samples was determined by the extraction of soluble components in xylene under boiling for 12 hours at 138 deg C. The soluble part of the samples was decanted with the total volatilization of the xylene to the room temperature (25 deg C) and deposition in glass blades. These samples had been characterized by Optic Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Infrared Spectroscopy. In this study of the morphology, we obtained the formation of gel and microgel of polypropylene with higher incidence in HMS-PP 20 kGy. (author)

  2. Study of gel formation in polypropylene modified by gamma irradiation; Estudo da formacao de geis em polipropileno modificado por irradiacao gama

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    Oliani, Washington Luiz; Parra, Duclerc Fernandes; Lima, Luis Filipe Carvalho Pedroso de; Lugao, Ademar Benevolo, E-mail: washoliani@usp.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Riella, Humberto Gracher [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, SC (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    The linearity of the chains of iPP (isotactic polypropylene) confers to this, low melt strength. This fact limits the use of iPP in processes that demand high stretching. The graft of branches confers improvements in its extensional viscosity, resulting in Polypropylene with High Melt Strength (HMS-PP). Preparation process of the HMS-PP, included iPP in pellets, conditioned in plastic container containing acetylene under pressure of 110 kPa and radiation with γ source of {sup 60}Co in the doses of 5, 12.5 and 20 kGy. The gel fraction of the samples was determined by the extraction of soluble components in xylene under boiling for 12 hours at 138 °C. The soluble part of the samples was decanted with the total volatilization of the xilene to the room temperature (25 °C) and deposition in glass blades. These samples had been characterized by: Optic Microscopy (MO), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR). In this study of the morphology, we obtained the formation of gel and microgel of polypropylene with higher incidence in HMS-PP 20 kGy. (author)

  3. Abaca fibre reinforced PP composites and comparison with jute and flax fibre PP composites

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    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Abaca fibre reinforced PP composites were fabricated with different fibre loadings (20, 30, 40, 50wt% and in some cases 35 and 45 wt%. Flax and jute fibre reinforced PP composites were also fabricated with 30 wt% fibre loading. The mechanical properties, odour emission and structure properties were investigated for those composites. Tensile, flexural and Charpy impact strengths were found to increase for fibre loadings up to 40 wt% and then decreased. Falling weight impact tests were also carried out and the same tendency was observed. Owing to the addition of coupling agent (maleated polypropylene -MAH-PP, the tensile, flexural and falling weight impact properties were found to increase in between 30 to 80% for different fibre loadings. When comparing jute and flax fibre composites with abaca fibre composites, jute fibre composites provided best tensile properties but abaca fibre polypropylene composites were shown to provide best notch Charpy and falling weight impact properties. Odours released by flax fibre composites were smaller than jute and abaca fibre composites.

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Ag2S Layers Formed on Polypropylene

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    Valentina Krylova

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Silver sulphide, Ag2S, layers on the surface of polypropylene (PP film was formed by chemical bath deposition method (CBD. Film samples were characterised by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM, and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD. The surface morphology, texture, and uniformity of the silver sulphide layers were formed on PP surface dependent on the number of polymer immersions in the precursor solution. XPS analysis confirmed that on the surface of the polypropylene film, a layer of Ag2S was formed. ATR-FTIR and FTIR spectra analysis showed that the surface of Ag2S layers is slightly oxidized. All prepared layers gave multiple XRD reflections, corresponding to monoclinic Ag2S (acanthite. The Ag2S layer on polypropylene was characterized as an Ag+ ion selective electrode in terms of potential response and detection limit. The electrode was also tested as an end-point electrode for argentometric titration of thiamine hydrochloride.

  5. Catalytic copyrolysis of particle board and polypropylene over Al-MCM-48

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    Kim, Hannah; Choi, Suek Ju [School of Environmental Engineering, University of Seoul, Seoul 02504 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ji Man [Department of Chemistry, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 16419 (Korea, Republic of); Jeon, Jong-Ki [Department of Chemical Engineering, Kongju National University, Cheonan 31080 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Sung Hoon; Jung, Sang-Chul [Department of Environmental Engineering, Sunchon National University, Suncheon 57922 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sang Chai [Department of Environmental Education, Mokpo National University, Muan 58554 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Young-Kwon, E-mail: catalica@uos.ac.kr [School of Environmental Engineering, University of Seoul, Seoul 02504 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-10-15

    Highlights: • Al-MCM-48 was used for catalytic copyrolysis of particle board and polypropylene. • Catalytic produced mainly hydrocarbons. • The hydrocarbons produced were mainly in the diesel range. - Abstract: Particle board and polypropylene (PP) at a mixing ratio of 1:1 were copyrolyzed over two Al-MCM-48 catalysts with Si/Al ratios of 20 and 80. The catalyst characteristics were examined by measuring the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, temperature programmed desorption of ammonia, and X-ray diffraction. The main pyrolysis products of particle board were oxygenates, acids, and phenolics, whereas a large quantity of hydrocarbons within the diesel fuel range was produced from copyrolysis with polypropylene. The catalytic copyrolysis of particle board and PP over the Al-MCM-48 catalysts produced bio-oil with a much larger hydrocarbon content than that from the catalytic pyrolysis of particle board only. The hydrocarbons produced were mainly in the diesel range, highlighting the potential for the production of high-quality fuel.

  6. Nonisothermal crystallization behavior of waste nitrile rubber powder/polypropylene composites%废旧丁腈橡胶粉/聚丙烯复合材料的非等温结晶行为

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    李军伟; 刘志华

    2012-01-01

    The composites of waste nitrile rubber powder/polypropylene and waste nitrile rubber powder/polypropylene grafted maleic anhydride/polypropylene were prepared by melt extrusion. The noniso-thermal crystallization behavior of polypropylene, waste nitrile rubber powder/polypropylene and waste nitrile rubber powder/polypropylene grafted maleic anhydride/polypropylene composites were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry. The non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of the samples were analyzed by Jeziorny equation. The results showed that the crystallization peak temperature, initial crystallization temperature and crystallinity of the samples decreased, but the crystallization rate increased with increasing the cooling rate. The waste nitrile rubber powder could increase the crystallization rate of polypropylene and led to the changes in the mechanisms of crystal nucleation and growth due to its heterogeneous nucleation.%采用熔融共混法制备了废旧丁腈橡胶粉/聚丙烯(WNBR/PP)和废旧丁腈橡胶粉/聚丙烯接枝马来酸酐/聚丙烯( WNBR/PP-g-MAH/PP)复合材料,采用差示扫描量热仪研究了PP、WNBR/PP及WNBR/PP-g-MAH/PP复合材料的非等温结晶过程,并通过Jeziorny方程研究了复合材料的非等温结晶动力学.结果表明,随降温速率的增大,所有试样的结晶峰温和结晶起始温度均向低温偏移,结晶度减小,结晶速率增大.WNBR能起到异相成核的作用,提高了PP的结晶速率,并且导致PP结晶成核和生长机理发生改变.

  7. Controlled peroxide-induced degradation of polypropylene in a twin-screw extruder: change of molecular weight distribution under conditions controlled by micromixing

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    Iedema, P.D.; Remerie, K.; van der Ham, M.; Biemond, E.; Tacx, J.

    2011-01-01

    Controlled degradation of polypropylene (PP) by peroxide was carried out in a laboratory twin-screw extruder ZSK 18 and the change in Molecular Weight Distribution (MWD) was measured using Size Exclusion Chromatography-Differential Viscosimetry (SEC-DV). The MWD results were compared to MWD predicti

  8. Some Exploitation Properties of Wood Plastic Hybrid Composites Based on Polypropylene and Plywood Production Waste

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    Kajaks, Janis; Kalnins, Karlis; Uzulis, Sandris; Matvejs, Juris

    2015-12-01

    During the last 20-30 years many researchers have paid attention to the studies of properties of thewood polymer composites (WPC). A lot of works are closely related to investigations of exploitation properties of wood fibres or wood flour containing polyolefine composites [1, 2]. The most useful from wide selection of polyolefines are polypropylenes, but timber industry waste materials comprising lignocellulose fibres are often used as reinforcement of WPC [3-12]. Plywood industry is not an exception - part of waste materials (by-products) are used for heat energy, i.e. burned. In this work we have approbated reinforcing of polypropylene (PP) with one of the plywood industry by-products, such as birch plywood sawdust (PSWD),which containswood fibre fractions with different length [13]. The main fraction (50%) includes fibres with length l = 0.5 - 1 mm. Our previous study [13] has confirmed that PSWD is a promising filler for PP reinforcing. Addition of PSWD up to 40-50 wt.% has increased WPC tensile and flexural modulus, but decreased deformation ability of PP matrix, impact strength, water resistance and fluidity of composite melts. It was shown [13] that modification of the composites with interfacial modifier - coupling agent maleated polypropylene (MAPP content up to 5-7 wt.%) considerably improved all the abovementioned properties. SEM investigations also confirmed positive action of coupling agent on strengthening of adhesion interaction between components wood and PP matrix. Another way how to make better properties of the WPC is to form hybridcomposites [1, 14-24]. Very popular WPC modifiers are nanoparticle additions like organonanoclays, which increase WPC physical-mechanical properties - microhardness, water resistance and diminish barrier properties and combustibility [1, 2, 14-17, 19, 20]. The goal of this study was to investigate organonanoclays influence on plywood production industry by-product birch plywood sawdust (PSWD) containing

  9. Studies of the Rheological Behavior of Polypropylene/Polyamide-6 Blend by Capillary Rheometer

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    YIN Cui-yu; SHEN Xin-yuan

    2002-01-01

    The rheological behavior of blend, e.g. polypropylene,PP, with polyamide - 6, PA6, has been investigated.Results show that this blend is a pseudo plastic fluid and the amount of PA6 seems to be a dominator to influence all rheological properties. In addition to the expected influence by temperature generally for polymer, it has been found the amount of PA6 is valid in a range, e.g. 0-20% corresponding to the PP amount, i.e. in this range, the larger the PA6 added, the larger is the nonNewtonian index, n, and this is obviously especially for PP/PA6 blend with the high shear stress.

  10. "Cutting effect" of organoclay platelets in compatibilizing immiscible polypropylene/polystyrene blends

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    Yan ZHU; Hai-yun MA; Li-fang TONG; Zheng-ping FANG

    2008-01-01

    In this work,polypropylene(PP)/polystyrene(PS)blends with different organoclay concentrations were prepared via melt compounding.Differing from the results of previous reports,the organoclay platelets are mostly located in the dispersed Ps phase instead of the interface.The dimensions of the dispersed PS droplets are greatly reduced and apparent compatibilization effect still exists,which cannot be explained by the traditional compatibilization mechanism.A novel compatibilization mecha-nism,"cutting" to apparently compatibilize the immiscible PP/PS blends was proposed.The organoclay platelets tend to form a special "knife-like structure" in the PS domain under the shear stress of the continuous PP phase during compounding.The "clay knife" can split the dispersed PS domain apart and lead to the dramatic reduction of the dispersed domain size.

  11. Adsorption of chromium (Vi) on radiation grafted N,N-dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate onto polypropylene, from aqueous solutions

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    Burillo, G. [UNAM, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Departamento de Quimica, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Serrano G, J.; Bonifacio M, J., E-mail: juan.serrano@inin.gob.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2013-08-01

    Polypropylene (Pp) grafted with dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate (DMAEMA), was prepared by irradiation with a {sup 60}Co {gamma} source. The obtained Pp-g-DMAEMA was used to study the Cr(Vi) ion adsorption as a function of contact time, initial ph, initial concentration of metal ion and temperature. Chromium adsorption data on Pp-g-DMAEMA at various initial concentration fit well the Freundlich and Langmuir isotherms. The maximum adsorption capacity (a{sub max}) was found to be 0.3103 x 0{sup -4} mol g{sup -1}. The thermodynamic parameters {Delta}H{sup 0}, {Delta}G{sup 0} and {Delta}S{sup 0} were estimated showing the adsorption process to be exothermic and spontaneous. (Author)

  12. Vibration-dependent Crystal Form of Isotactic Polypropylene under Nonisothermal Crystallization

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    SHANGGUAN Yong-gang; TONG Li-fang; PENG Mao; ZHENG Qiang

    2004-01-01

    A study concerning the effect of vibration on the crystal structure and morphology for isotactic polypropylene(iPP) was conducted. The crystallite size, crystal structure and crystallinity of iPP under or without vibration treatment were investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry(DSC) and wideangle X-ray diffraction(WAXD). The results reveal that the crystallinity of the vibrated samples decreases at a high cooling rate, but it remains constant at a low cooling rate because of the chain relaxation of iPP. It has been found that vibration obviously increases the content of β-form of crystal phase and the amount of β-crystal mainly depends on the vibration amplitude.

  13. Thermal Conductivity Performance of Polypropylene Composites Filled with Polydopamine-Functionalized Hexagonal Boron Nitride

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    Xu, Hong-Fei; He, Shao-Jian; Du, Yi-Hang; Yu, Nan-Jie; Du, Xiao-Ze; Lin, Jun; Nazarenko, Sergei

    2017-01-01

    Mussel-inspired approach was attempted to non-covalently functionalize the surfaces of boron nitride (BN) with self-polymerized dopamine coatings in order to reduce the interfacial thermal barrier and enhance the thermal conductivity of BN-containing composites. Compared to the polypropylene (PP) composites filled with pristine BN at the same filler content, thermal conductivity was much higher for those filled with both functionalized BN (f-BN) and maleic anhydride grafted PP (PP-g-ma) due to the improved filler dispersion and better interfacial filler-matrix compatibility, which facilitated the development of more thermal paths. Theoretical models were also applied to predict the composite thermal conductivity in which the Nielsen model was found to fit well with the experimental results, and the estimated effective aspect ratio of fillers well corresponded to the degree of filler aggregation as observed in the morphological study. PMID:28107466

  14. Piezoelectricity of single- and multi-layer cellular polypropylene film electrets

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    QIU Xunlin; XIA Zhongfu; WANG Feipeng

    2007-01-01

    The piezoelectricity of a pressure-treated cellular polypropylene (PP) (commercially available,trade name PQ50) film electret was studied by the measurement of direct- and inverse-piezoelectric d33 coefficient.The sample expanded with optimal parameters has a quasi-static piezo-electric d33 coefficient of more than 600 Pc/N,which is about 40 times as high as that of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). In addition,the hybrid multi-layer system,which properly combines single-layer cellular PP film electrets,shows a quasi-static piezoelectric sensitivity of as high as 2010 Pc/N. This is around three times higher than that of well-known lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics.The results are theoreti-cally and technically helpful to promote the application of cellular PP film electrets.

  15. Spalling Assessment of Self-Compacting Concrete with and Without Polypropylene Fibres at Elevated Temperatures

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    Qahir N. S. Al-Kadi

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This research presents an experimental study on the spalling of self-compacting concrete (SCC with and without polypropylene (PP fibres subjected to elevated temperatures and at 2 and 4 hour exposure times. The results showed spalling occurred in all specimens that did not contain PP fibre in the concrete mixture above 400oC. On the other hand, spalling did not occur in specimens containing PP fibres above 0.05 % by volume. Spalling resistance performance was significantly improved. The hardened densities, weight losses, permeability, and scanning electron microscopy tests showed that the main cause for spalling was the low permeability of the SCC and the presence of water inside the concrete. Vapour developed inside the concrete during a fire finds it difficult to escape and will produce high internal stresses that lead to spalling. Statistical models were devised for the above test.

  16. Thermal Conductivity Performance of Polypropylene Composites Filled with Polydopamine-Functionalized Hexagonal Boron Nitride.

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    Chen, Lin; Xu, Hong-Fei; He, Shao-Jian; Du, Yi-Hang; Yu, Nan-Jie; Du, Xiao-Ze; Lin, Jun; Nazarenko, Sergei

    2017-01-01

    Mussel-inspired approach was attempted to non-covalently functionalize the surfaces of boron nitride (BN) with self-polymerized dopamine coatings in order to reduce the interfacial thermal barrier and enhance the thermal conductivity of BN-containing composites. Compared to the polypropylene (PP) composites filled with pristine BN at the same filler content, thermal conductivity was much higher for those filled with both functionalized BN (f-BN) and maleic anhydride grafted PP (PP-g-ma) due to the improved filler dispersion and better interfacial filler-matrix compatibility, which facilitated the development of more thermal paths. Theoretical models were also applied to predict the composite thermal conductivity in which the Nielsen model was found to fit well with the experimental results, and the estimated effective aspect ratio of fillers well corresponded to the degree of filler aggregation as observed in the morphological study.

  17. Stability of Asp(B28) Insulin Exposed to Modified and Unmodified Polypropylene

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    Fristrup, C. J.; Jankova, K.; Eskimergen, R.

    2015-01-01

    Polypropylene (PP) plates have been modified with two different hydrophilic polymeric materials, poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (poly(DMAAm)) and poly(poly(ethylene glycol)methacrylate) (poly(PEGMA)) in order to reduce insulin adsorption when the plates were exposed to insulin aspart (Asp(B28......) insulin). The influence of surface modification on the chemical and physical stability of Asp(B28) insulin was evaluated by two chromatographic methods, size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and reverse phase high pressure liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) and the Thioflavin T assay. A clear difference...... in the stability of Asp(B28) insulin was observed between the three tested surfaces. PP coated with poly(DMAAm) resulted in a poor chemical stability and a significantly improved physical stability compared with unmodified PP. In addition to this a lower phenol concentration was observed for the poly...

  18. Synergistic effects of iron powder on intumescent flame retardant polypropylene system

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    Full Text Available The effects of iron powder as a synergistic agent on the flame retardancy of intumescent flame retardant polypropylene composites (IFR-PP were studied. The thermogravimetric analysis (TGA and cone calorimeter (CONE were used to evaluate the synergistic effects of iron powder (Fe. The TGA data showed that Fe could enhance the thermal stability of the IFR-PP systems at high temperature and effectively increase the char residue formation. The CONE results revealed that Fe and IFR could clearly change the decomposition behavior of PP and form a char layer on the surface of the composites, consequently resulting in efficient reduction of the flammability parameters, such as heat release rate (HRR, mass loss (ML, Mass loss rate (MLR, total heat release (THR, carbon monoxide and so on. Thus, a suitable amount of Fe plays a synergistic effect in the flame retardancy of IFR composites.

  19. Thermal & morphological evaluation of linear and radial SEBS-polypropylene blends

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    Martha Belem Mendienta-García

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Blending of two or even more immiscible polymers is a very useful method to obtain new polymeric materials with ordered and tailored properties. Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE's are interesting materials for various applications, including the automotive industry, due to their excellent balance between processability and physical properties, especially using hydrogenated styrene-butadiene copolymer. In the present work, two structures of styrene-ethylene/buthylene-styrene (SEBS triblock copolymer (linear and radial were blended with polypropylene (PP using a process aid oil. Three different SEBS-PP ratios were evaluated. Phase behavior was studied by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, which confirmed the formation of a single phase material. PP crystallinity was affected by SEBS structure causing a lamellar thinning of crystals. The SEM analysis shows that radial and linear structures of SEBS have different morphology.

  20. Electron beam processing of oil palm empty fruit bunch fibers - polypropylene composites

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    Khairul Zaman, Hj. Mohd Dahlan [Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Technology Research, Kajang, Selangor (Malaysia); Manarpaac, Gloria A.; Jalaluddin, Harun [Universiti Putra Malaysia, Faculty of Forestry, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2002-03-01

    Researches on oil palm empty fruit bunch (EFB) fibers and thermoplastic composites have been carried out by many workers in the last decade. The main focus was to enhance the properties of the resultant composites in view of the incompatibility of the two components. Thus, efforts have been made to enhance their properties by using coupling agents, treating the fibers and modifying the matrices. In this study, the effects of electron beam (EB) irradiation and some reactive additives (RAs) on the mechanical properties of EFB-PP (polypropylene) composites were evaluated. Different modes of irradiation were investigated. Mono, di and tri functional of monomers of RAs were used. Irradiating PP alone, compared to irradiating the EFB fibers or irradiating both components, gave optimum properties for EFB-PP composites. Further improvements of the properties of the composites were achieved with the addition of RAs with TMPTA (trimethylol propane triacrylate) giving the optimum results. (author)

  1. Tensile Properties and Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Investigation of Stereoblock Elastomeric Polypropylene

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    Pople, John A

    2002-08-06

    Elastomeric polypropylene (ePP) produced from unbridged 2-arylindene metallocene catalysts was studied by uniaxial tensile and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) techniques. The ePP can be separated into three fractions by successive boiling-solvent fractionation method to yield: a low-tacticity fraction soluble in ether (ES), an intermediate-tacticity fraction soluble in heptane (HS), and a high-tacticity fraction insoluble in heptane (HI). Tensile properties of ePP were compared to its solvent fractions, and the role of each solvent fraction residing within ePP was investigated by blending 5 weight % deuterated fraction with ePP. The tensile properties of each fraction vary considerably, exhibiting properties from a weak gum elastomer for ES, to a semi-crystalline thermoplastic for HI. The intermediate-tacticity HS fraction exhibits elastic properties similar to the parent elastomer (ePP). In the melt at 160 C, SANS shows that all deuterated fractions are homogeneously mixed with ePP in a one-phase system. At 25 C upon a slow cooling from the melt, the low-tacticity fraction is preferentially segregated in the amorphous domains induced by different crystallization temperatures and kinetics of the deuterated ES and high-tacticity components. The high-tacticity component within ePP (dHI-ePP) retains its plastic properties in the blend. Despite its low crystallinity ({le} 2%), the low-tacticity fraction can co-crystallize with the crystalline matrix. The dES-ePP shows little or no relaxation when held under strain and recovers readily upon the release of stress.

  2. Highly toughened polypropylene/ethylene–propylene-diene monomer/zinc dimethacrylate ternary blends prepared via peroxide-induced dynamic vulcanization

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    Chen, Yukun, E-mail: cyk@scut.edu.cn [The Key Laboratory of Polymer Processing Engineering, Ministry of Education, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Xu, Chuanhui [College of Material Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Cao, Liming [The Key Laboratory of Polymer Processing Engineering, Ministry of Education, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Cao, Xiaodong [College of Material Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China)

    2013-02-15

    Polypropylene (PP)/ethylene–propylene-diene monomer (EPDM)/zinc dimethacrylate (ZDMA) blends with remarkable toughness and extensibility were successfully prepared via peroxide dynamical vulcanization. A unique structure with the EPDM particles surrounded by a transition zone containing numerous polymerized ZDMA (PZDMA) nano-particles was observed for the first time by using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) examination, which contributed to the dramatically increase of Izod impact strength. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) confirmed that the possible PZDMA graft products resulted from peroxide dynamical vulcanization improved the compatibility between EPDM and PP phases. The specific morphology of the PP/EPDM/ZDMA blends indicated that ZDMA can lead to size reduction and good distribution uniformity of the crosslinked rubber particles and the increase of adhesion between PP matrix and EPDM phases during deformation. The synergic effect of the increase in the effective volume of the EPDM phase, the improved compatibility and adhesion between EPDM and PP phases and the deformation of those fine rubber particles is believed to result in the remarkable high toughness and extensibility of the PP/EPDM/ZDMA blends. Particularly for the PP/EPDM ratio of 70/30, the PP/EPDM/ZDMA (70/30/9, w/w/w) ternary blends with the Izod impact strength nearly 2 times higher than PP/EPDM (70/30, w/w) binary blends and 15–20 times higher than PP are achieved; besides, the elongation at break of PP/EPDM/ZDMA ternary blends is 4–5 times higher than that of PP/EPDM binary blends. - Highlights: ► ZDMA largely toughen peroxide dynamically vulcanized PP/EPDM blend. ► PZDMA graft products improved the compatibility and adhesion between EPDM and PP. ► Size reduction and good distribution uniformity of crosslinked rubber particles.

  3. 聚丙烯接枝马来酸酐修饰碳纳米管增强聚丙烯复合材料的制备及性能%PP-g-MAH Modified MWNTs Reinforced the Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Polypropylene Nanocomposite

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    胡斌; 张玲; 陶涛; 李春忠

    2011-01-01

    A study on the electrical and mechanical properties of polypropylene(PP) based nanocomposites with polypropyle-graft-maleic Anhydride(PP-g-MAH) modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes(MWNTs) was carried out.Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(FT-IR),Raman spectroscopy,field emission scanning electron microscope(FE-SEM),differential scanning calorimeter(DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis(TGA) were used to study the structure,thermal and mechanical properties of the composites.FT-IR results indicate the carboxyl groups appear on the surface of MWNTs.FE-SEM results show that treated MWNTs also disperses well in the PP matrix and has a improved adhesion with PP.The tensile strength and the conductivity of the PP-g-MAH-MWNT/PP composite are increased,especially the conductivity increasing two orders of magnitude compared to PP composites with untreated MWNTs.%采用混合溶剂的溶液法技术,对聚丙烯接枝马来酸酐(PP-g-MAH)包覆碳纳米管(MWNTs)与聚丙烯(PP)纳米复合材料的电学和力学性能进行了研究。PP-g-MAH包覆MWNTs在二甲苯溶液中呈现良好的分散性,红外结果表明,酸化碳纳米管后表面官能团如羟基、羧基与马来酸酐发生氢键作用。场发射扫描电镜(FESEM)也证明了PP-g-MAH修饰MWNTs在PP基体中分散良好,并且相容性也得到了明显改善。复合材料的拉伸强度和电导率都有较大的提高,其中导电性相比未处理碳管/聚丙烯提高了两个数量级。

  4. Influence of flavour absorption on oxygen permentation through LDPE, PP, PC and PET plastics food packaging

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    Willige, van R.W.G.; Linssen, J.P.H.; Meinders, M.B.J.; Stege, van der H.J.; Voragen, A.G.J.

    2002-01-01

    The effect of flavour absorption on the oxygen permeability of low-density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP), polycarbonate (PC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) was studied using an isostatic continuous flow system. Polymer samples were exposed to a model solution containing limonene,

  5. Design and synthesis of structurally well-defined functional polypropylenes via transition metal-mediated olefin polymerization chemistry

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    Dong Jinyong

    2006-01-01

    Functionalization of polyolefins is an industrially important yet scientifically challenging research subject.This paper summarizes our recent effort to access structurally well-defined functional polypropylenes via transition metal-mediated olefin polymerization.In one approach,polypropylenes containing side chain functional groups of controlled concentrations were obtained by Ziegler-Natta-catalyzed copolymerization of propylene in combination with either living anionic or controlled radical polymerization of polar monomers.The copolymerization of propylene with 1,4-divinylbenzene using an isospecific MgC12-supported TIC14 catalyst yielded potypropylenes containing pendant styrene moieties.Both metalation reaction with n-butyllithium and hydrochlorination reaction with dry hydrogen chloride selectively and quantitatively occurred at the pendant reactive sites,generating polymeric benzyllithium and 1-chloroethylbenzene species.These species initiated living anionic polymerization of styrene(S)and atom transfer radical polymerization(in the presence of CuC1 and pentamethyldiethylenetriamine) of methyl methacrylate(MMA),respectively,resulting in functional polypropylene graft copolymers(PP-g-PS and PP-g-PMMA)with controllable graft lengths.In another approach,chain end-functionalized polypropylenes containing a terminal OH-group with controlled molecular weights were directly prepared by propylene polymerization with a metaUocene catalyst through a selective aluminum chain transfer reaction.Both approaches proved to be desirable polyolefin functionalization routes in terms of efficiency and polymer structure controllability.

  6. A strategy of precipitated calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}) fillers for enhancing the mechanical properties of polypropylene polymers

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    Thenepalli, Thriveni; Ahn, Ji Whan [Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Ahn, Young Jun; Han, Choon [Kwangwoon University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Ramakrishna, Chilakala [Hanil Cement, Danyang (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-06-15

    A wide variety of fillers are currently used in more than twenty types of polymer resins, although four of them alone (polypropylene, polyamides, thermoplastic polyesters, and polyvinyl chloride) account for 90% of the market of mineral fillers in plastics. Polypropylene (PP) and PVC dominate the market for calcium carbonate. PP is a versatile reinforcement material that can meet engineering and structural specifications and is widely used for automotive components, home appliances, and industrial applications. Talc, mica, clay, kaolin, wollastonite, calcium carbonates, feldspar, aluminum hydroxide, glass fibers, and natural fibers are commonly used in fillers. Among these, calcium carbonate (both natural and synthetic) is the mos abundant and affords the possibility of improved surface finishing, control over the manufacture of products, and increased electric resistance and impact resistance. Meeting the global challenge to reduce the weight of vehicles by using plastics is a significant issue. The current the global plastic and automobile industry cannot survive without fillers, additives, and reinforcements. Polypropylene is a major component of the modern plastic industry, and currently is used in dashboards, wheel covers, and some engine parts in automobiles. This article reports that the use of calcium carbonate fillers with polypropylene is the best choice to enhance the mechanical properties of plastic parts used in automobiles.

  7. Interrelationships of morphology, thermal and mechanical properties in uncrosslinked and dynamically crosslinked PP/EOC and PP/EPDM blends

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    Full Text Available Thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs based on polypropylene (PP with ethylene octene copolymer (EOC and ethylene propylene diene rubber (EPDM have been developed by coagent assisted dicumyl peroxide crosslinking system. The study was pursued to explore the influence of two dissimilar polyolefin polymers (EOC and EPDM having different molecular architectures on the state and mode of dispersion of the blend components and their effects with special reference to morphological, thermal and mechanical characteristics. The effects of dynamic crosslinking of the PP/EOC and PP/EPDM have been compared by varying the concentration of crosslinking agent and ratio of blend components. The results suggested that the uncrosslinked and dynamically crosslinked blends of PP/EOC exhibit superior mechanical properties over PP/EPDM blends. From the hystersis experiments it was found that PP/EOC blends also perform better fatigue properties over PP/EPDM based blends. It was demonstrated that, the origin of the improved mechanical properties of EOC based blends is due to the combined effect of the unique molecular architecture with the presence of smaller crystals and better interfacial interaction of EOC phase with PP as supported by the results of thermal and fatigue analyses.

  8. Improvement of Mechanical Properties of Noil Hemp Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Composites by Resin Modification and Fiber Treatment

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    Zili Yan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study aims to improve the reinforcement of hemp fibre to polypropylene (PP by simple resin modification and fibre treatment. Maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MAPP was used as resin modifier by direct mixing with PP, and hydrophobically modified hydroxyethyl cellulose (HMHEC was used as fibre treatment reagent by immersing fibre into its aqueous solution. The influences of fibre content, resin modification, and fibre treatment on the mechanical properties (tensile, flexural, and impact strengths of composites were investigated. The change of interfacial bonding between fibre and resin in composites caused by MAPP and HMHEC was studied by scanning electron microscopy and dynamic mechanical analysis. Resin modification and fibre treatment were effective to enhance the mechanical properties of the composites. The improvement in interfacial bonding is quantitatively evaluated with adhesion factor.

  9. Cross-linking effect on dielectric properties of polypropylene thin films and applications in electric energy storage

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    Yuan, Xuepei; Chung, T. C. Mike

    2011-02-01

    A family of cross-linked polypropylene (x-PP) thin film dielectrics is systematically studied to understand the cross-linking effect on the dielectric properties. Evidently, the butylstyrene (BSt) cross-linkers increase both the dielectric constant (ɛ) and breakdown strength (E), without increasing energy loss. An x-PP dielectric, with 3.65 mol % BSt cross-linkers, exhibits a ɛ ˜3, which is independent of a wide range of temperatures and frequencies, slim D-E hysteresis loops, high breakdown strength (E=650 MV/m), narrow breakdown distribution, and reliable energy storage capacity >5 J/cm3 (double that of state-of-the-art biaxially oriented polypropylene capacitors), without showing any increase in energy loss.

  10. Surface modification and micromechanical properties of jute fiber mat reinforced polypropylene composites

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    Full Text Available A new treating method using sodium hydroxide (NaOH and Maleic anhydride-grafted polypropylene (MPP emulsion was introduced to treat jute fiber mat in order to enhance the performance of jute/polypropylene (PP composite prepared by film stacking method. The surface modifications of jute fiber mat have been found to be very effective in improving the fiber-matrix adhesion. It was shown that treatments changed not only the surface topography but also the distribution of diameter and strength for the jute fibers, which was analyzed by using a two-parameter Weibull distribution model. Consequently, the interfacial shear strength, flexural and tensile strength of the composites all increased, but the impact strength decreased slightly. These results have demonstrated a new approach to use natural materials to enhance the mechanical performances of composites.

  11. Multiaxial yield behaviour of polypropylene

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    Lang R.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available In order to characterize the yield behavior of polypropylene as a function of pressure and to verify the applicability of the Drucker-Prager yield function, various tests were conducted to cover a wide range of stress states from uniaxial tension and compression to multiaxial tension and confined compression. Tests were performed below and above the glass transition temperature, to study the combined effect of pressure and temperature. The pressure sensitivity coefficient as an intrinsic material parameter was determined as a function of temperature. Increasing pressure sensitivity values were found with increasing temperature, which can be related to the change in the free volume and thus, to the enhanced molecular mobility. A best-fit Drucker-Prager yield function was applied to the experimental yield stresses and an average error between the predictions and the measurements of 7 % was obtained.

  12. Preparation and properties of polystyrene encapsulated paraffin wax as possible phase change material in a polypropylene matrix

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    Mochane, M.J. [Department of Chemistry, University of the Free State (Qwaqwa Campus), Phuthaditjhaba (South Africa); Luyt, A.S., E-mail: LuytAS@qwa.ufs.ac.za [Department of Chemistry, University of the Free State (Qwaqwa Campus), Phuthaditjhaba (South Africa)

    2012-09-20

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Polystyrene microcapsules containing about 30 wt% soft paraffin wax were successfully prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The presence of microcapsules in polypropylene influenced the morphology and properties of the matrix. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The SEBS modifier had little influence on the interaction between polypropylene and microcapsules. - Abstract: The study deals with the preparation and characterization of polystyrene (PS) capsules containing Fischer-Tropsch paraffin wax (PS:wax) as phase change material (PCM) for thermal energy storage embedded in a polypropylene (PP) matrix. Blends of PP/PS:wax were prepared without and with polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene-ran-butylene)-block-polystyrene (SEBS) as a modifier. The influence of PS:wax microcapsules on the morphology, as well as thermal and mechanical properties of the PP was investigated. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of the microencapsulated PCM show that the capsules were grouped in irregular spherical agglomerates of size 16-24 {mu}m. However, after melt-blending with PP smaller, perfectly spherical microcapsules were well dispersed in the PP matrix. There was fairly good interaction between the microcapsules and the matrix, even in the absence of SEBS modification. The FTIR spectrum of the microcapsules is almost exactly the same as that of polystyrene, which indicates that the microcapsules were mostly intact and that the FTIR only detected the polystyrene shell. The amount of wax in the PS:wax microcapsules was determined as 20-30% by weight. An increase in PS:wax content resulted in a decrease in the melting peak temperatures of PP. The thermal stability of the blends decreased with an increase in PS:wax microcapsules content as a consequence of the lower thermal stability of both the wax and PS. There was a drop in storage modulus with increasing PS:wax microcapsules content.

  13. Properties of isotactic polypropylene irradiated in various atmospheres

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    Miličević Dejan S.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, changes in structure and physical properties of stabilized isotactic polypropylene (iPP were created by gamma irradiation, up to a dose of 700 kGy, in different media: air, deionized distilled (DD water and acetylene. Two main effects occur when polyolefins, such as iPP, are subjected to ionizing radiation: crosslinking and scission of macromolecules. The domination of one or the other of these competitive processes is determined by both the structural peculiarities of the polymers and the experimental irradiation conditions. Gel and infrared (IR spectroscopy measurements were used to determine the changes in the degree of network formation and oxidative degradation, respectively. Sol-gel analysis was studied in detail using the Charlesby-Pinner (C-P equation. The radiation-induced changes in the structure and evolution of oxygen-containing species were also studied through dielectric loss (tan δ analysis in a wide temperature and/or frequency range. Evolution of low temperature dielectric relaxations with gamma irradiation was investigated. The results showed that degradation was the major reaction in the initial step of irradiation, no matter what the atmosphere was. The C-P equation seemed applicable when stabilized iPP was irradiated within a certain dose range in various atmospheres. The iPP irradiated in acetylene/air had the lowest/highest values for oxidation level, dielectric losses, Dg and G(s/G(x values. The calculated Dg values are 1.5 and 5 times larger for the irradiation in DD water and air than for the acetylene. Furthermore, our data confirm that oxidation strongly affects the gel point but has a much lower effect on the G(S/G(X ratio. In the case of dielectric relaxation measurements, the connection between the oxidative degradation and dielectric properties is well established and is in good agreement with IR spectroscopy measurements. The amount of carbonyl, hydroperoxide and other polar groups is much higher

  14. Effect of Addition of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes on the Piezoelectric Properties of Polypropylene Filaments.

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    Bayramol, D Vatansever; Soin, N; Hadimani, R L; Shah, T H; Siores, E

    2015-09-01

    The effect of addition of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on the piezoelectric properties of polypropylene (PP) monofilaments has been investigated. Various amounts of CNTs (0%, 0.01%, 0.1% and 1% weight ratios) were melt-blended with PP and the resulting nanocomposites were extruded in a continuous process with simultaneous on-line poling to produce monofilaments. Concurrent stretching at a draw ratio of 5:1 and polarisation at applied electric fields of 15 kV of PP/CNT filaments was observed to enhance the piezoelectric properties. The microstructure and crystallinity of the filaments was analysed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) techniques. Voltage generation by the CNT-modified PP filaments was determined by the application of predetermined load impact. The results show that the incorporation of CNTs in the PP fibre structure has a considerable impact on the enhancement of piezoelectric properties of the PP filament obtained that the peak voltage generation was almost four fold (from 0.76 V to 2.92 V) when 0.1 wt% of CNTs added into the polymer. This is owing to the fact that carbon nanotubes act as nucleating agent for enhancing the crystallisation during the melt extrusion process.

  15. Phenolic rigid organic filler/isotactic polypropylene composites. Ⅲ. Impact resistance property

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    Heming LIN; Dongming QI; Jian HAN; Zhiqi CAI; Minghua WU

    2009-01-01

    A novel phenolic rigid organic filler (KT) was used to modify isotactic polypropylene (iPP). The influence of KT particles on the impact resistance property of PP/KT specimens (with similar interparticles distance, 1.8 μm) was studied by notched izod impact tests. It was found that the brittle-ductile transition (BDT) of the PP/KT microcomposites took place at the filler content of about 4%, and the impact strength attains the maximum at 5% (with filler particles size of 1.5 μm), which is about 2.5 times that of unfilled iPP specimens. The impact fracture morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). For the PP/KT specimens and the high-density polyethylene/KT (HDPE/KT) specimens in ductile fracture mode, many microfibers could be found on the whole impact fracture surface. It was the filler particles that induced the plastic deformation of interparticles ligament and hence improved the capability of iPP matrix on absorbing impact energy dramatically. The determinants on the BDT were further discussed on the basis of stress concentration and debonding resistance. It can be concluded that aside from the interparticle distance, the filler particles size also plays an important role in semicrystal-line polymer toughening.

  16. Polypropylene nonwoven surface modified through introducing porous microspheres: Preparation, characterization and adsorption

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    Du, Xiao; Wei, Junfu; Liu, Wei; Zhou, Xiangyu; Dai, Danyang

    2016-01-01

    A new porous fabric adsorbent (PM/PP nonwoven) was prepared by hydrogen bonding self-assembly method, in which poly(divinylbenzene-co-4-vinylpyridine) microspheres were introduced onto the surface of PP-g-AA (polypropylene grafted acrylic acid) nonwoven. The effects of the main conditions for self-assembly reaction such as mass ratio of microsphere to nonwoven, pH and the grafting degree of acrylic acid were studied. In addition, the adsorption mechanisms and interactions for three VOCs (styrene, cyclohexane, acetone) were systematically elucidated. The resulting 28.2% PM/PP nonwoven obtained a higher adsorption amount (52.8 mg/g) of styrene vapor, which was 88 times greater than that of original PP nonwoven. Meanwhile, the kinetic studies suggested that the Yoon and Nelson model is suitable to describe the adsorption mechanism of styrene over the modified nonwovens. Adsorption and pressure drop data showed that PM/PP nonwoven had good adsorption ability and air permeability due to its abundant functional groups and porous structures. Taken together, it is expected that PM/PP nonwoven would be a promising adsorbent for removal of VOCs from the gas streams.

  17. CRYSTALLIZATION AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF POLYPROPYLENE FILLED WITH SiO2 NANOPARTICLES

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    Bao-qing Shentu; Ji-peng Li; Zhi-xue Weng

    2007-01-01

    Oleic acid (OA)-modified SiO2 (OA-m-SiO2) nanoparticles were prepared using surface modification method.Infrared spectroscopy (IR) was used to investigate the structure of the OA-m-SiO2 nanoparticles, and the result showed that OA attached onto the surface of SiO2 nanoparticles through esterification. Effect of OA concentration on the dispersion stability of OA-m-SiO2 in heptane was also studied, and the result indicated that OA-m-SiO2 nanoparticles were dispersed in heptane more stably than the unmodified ones. OA-m-SiO2 nanoparticles can also be dispersed in polypropylene (PP) matrix in nano-scale. The effect of OA-m-SiO2 on crystallization of PP was studied by means of DSC. It was found that the introduction of OA-m-SiO2 resulted in significant increase in the crystallization temperature, crystallization degree and crystallization rate of PP, and OA-m-SiO2 could effectively induce the formation of β-crystal PP. Effect of OA-m-SiO2 content on mechanical properties of PP/OA-m-SiO2 nanocomposites was also studied. The results show that OA-m-SiO2 can significantly improve the mechanical properties of PP.

  18. Lightweight polypropylene/stainless-steel fiber composite foams with low percolation for efficient electromagnetic interference shielding.

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    Ameli, Aboutaleb; Nofar, Mohammadreza; Wang, Sai; Park, Chul B

    2014-07-23

    Lightweight polypropylene/stainless-steel fiber (PP-SSF) composites with 15-35% density reduction were fabricated using foam injection molding. The electrical percolation threshold, through-plane electrical conductivity, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) of the PP-SSF composite foams were characterized and compared against the solid counterparts. With 3 wt % CO2 dissolved in PP as a temporary plasticizer and lubricant, the fiber breakage was significantly decreased during injection molding, and well-dispersed fibers with unprecedentedly large aspect ratios of over 100 were achieved. The percolation threshold was dramatically decreased from 0.85 to 0.21 vol %, accounting for 75% reduction, which is highly superior, compared to 28% reduction of the previous PP-carbon fiber composite foam.1 Unlike the case of carbon fiber,1 SSFs were much longer than the cell size, and the percolation threshold reduction of PP-SSF composite foams was thus primarily governed by the decreased fiber breakage instead of fiber orientation. The specific EMI SE was also significantly enhanced. A maximum specific EMI SE of 75 dB·g(-1)·cm(3) was achieved in PP-1.1 vol % SSF composite foams, which was much higher than that of the solid counterpart. Also, the relationships between the microstructure and properties were discussed. The mechanism of EMI shielding enhancement was also studied.

  19. ENHANCING CHAIN SEGMENTS MOBILITY TO IMPROVE THE FRACTURE TOUGHNESS OF POLYPROPYLENE

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    Jing-wei Chen; Jian Dai; Jing-hui Yang; Nan Zhang; Ting Huang; Yong Wang

    2013-01-01

    As a part of a serial work about the annealing inducing improvement of fracture toughness of polypropylene (PP)articles,in this work,a highly efficient mobilizer was introduced into PP and the injection-molded samples were annealed at different temperatures.The mobility of chain segments of PP was investigated by measuring the glass transition temperature.Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) were used to characterize the variation of crystalline structure of PP during the annealing process.The fracture behaviors including notched Izod impact fracture and universal tensile fracture were investigated to detect the mechanical properties in response to the variations of both chain segments mobility and crystalline structures.It was found that the mobilizer greatly improved the chain segments mobility.Further results showed that the mobilizer also induced apparent changes of the glass transition temperature and the degree of crystallinity of PP during the annealing process.Consequently,the annealed PP samples containing a few amount of mobilizer exhibited largely increased fracture toughness.

  20. Morphology and properties of polypropylene/ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer/wood powder blend composites

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    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Polypropylene (PP was blended with ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA to form PP/EVA polymer blends. Wood powder (WP was mixed into these blends at different weight fractions (50/50/0, 45/45/10, 40/40/20, 35/35/30 w/w PP/EVA/WP to form PP/EVA/WP blend composites. The morphology, as well as thermal and mechanical properties, of these composites were investigated. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC results confirm the immiscibility of EVA and PP in the blends, and show that WP is primarily concentrated in the EVA phase. DSC results further show that the EVA crystallization behaviour is significantly influenced by the presence of WP. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA results confirm immiscibility of PP and EVA, as well as an interaction between EVA and WP. Interaction between EVA and WP was further confirmed by Fourier-Transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR. TGA results show that the blend composite degradation was also influenced by the presence of WP.

  1. Ethylene-octene copolymer (POE toughened polyamide 6/polypropylene nanocomposites: Effect of POE maleation

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    Full Text Available Ethylene-octene elastomer (POE and ethylene-octene elastomer grafted maleic anhydride (POEgMAH toughened nanocomposites of polyamide 6/polypropylene (PA6/PP containing 4 wt% organophilic modified montmorillonite (MMT were produced by melt compounding followed by injection moulding. The PA6/PP composition was kept constant (PA6/PP = 70/30 parts while the elastomer (either POE or POEgMAH content varied between 5 and 20 wt%. PP grafted maleic anhydride (PPgMAH was used to compatibilize the blend system. The impact strength of the nanocomposite system was examined by the conventional Izod impact test at room temperature (RT. In addition, linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM approach was used to study the fracture response of the notched three point bending type specimens at room temperature (RT and –40°C. Fracture surfaces of the broken specimens were examined using scanning electron microscopy. The results show that while POEgMAH can remarkably improve the compatibility between PA6 and the elastomer thus increasing the toughness, the unmodified POE has less significant contribution to PA6/PP/organoclay toughness. Elastomer domains of POEgMAH show a finer and more uniform dispersion than that of POE in the PA6/PP/organoclay matrix. It is also observed that the toughness increased with the increasing elastomer concentration for both unmaleated and maleated POE.

  2. Effect of Different Nucleating Agents on the Crystallization of Ziegler-Natta Isotactic Polypropylene

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    Felipe Avalos-Belmontes

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Ziegler-Natta isotactic polypropylene (iPP was melt mixed with four different nucleating agents (carbon nanotubes (CNT, carbon nanofibers (CNF, lithium benzoate (LiBe, and a sorbitol derivative (Millad in order to study their effect on the crystallization of iPP. It was found that the four different nucleating agents promote the alpha crystalline form. At 0.01 wt%, the carbon nanoparticles produced the higher crystallization temperature “Tc” (~119°C, whereas, at 0.10 wt%, LiBe and Millad produced a markedly higher Tc (~125°C. Tc of pure iPP was 111°C. With 0.1 wt% nucleating agent, at 120°C, the crystallization half-life time of PP, when using LiBe or Millad, was 15 times faster than for pure PP, whereas, when using carbon nanoparticles, it was 20–25 times faster. At 135°C, with 0.01 wt% nucleating agent, the isothermal crystallization process of iPP was completed after 25 min, as well as with Millad. With LiBe, it was completed after just 15 min and, with any of the carbon nanoparticles, it was practically over after only a couple of minutes.

  3. Biomimetic surface modification of polypropylene by surface chain transfer reaction based on mussel-inspired adhesion technology and thiol chemistry

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    Niu, Zhijun; Zhao, Yang; Sun, Wei; Shi, Suqing, E-mail: shisq@nwu.edu.cn; Gong, Yongkuan

    2016-11-15

    Highlights: • Biomimetic surface modification of PP was successfully conducted by integrating mussel-inspired technology, thiol chemistry and cell outer membranes-like structures. • The resultant biomimetic surface exhibits good interface and surface stability. • The obvious suppression of protein adsorption and platelet adhesion is also achieved. • The residue thoil groups on the surface could be further functionalized. - Abstract: Biomimetic surface modification of polypropylene (PP) is conducted by surface chain transfer reaction based on the mussel-inspired versatile adhesion technology and thiol chemistry, using 2-methacryloyloxyethylphosphorylcholine (MPC) as a hydrophilic monomer mimicking the cell outer membrane structure and 2,2-azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN) as initiator in ethanol. A layer of polydopamine (PDA) is firstly deposited onto PP surface, which not only offers good interfacial adhesion with PP, but also supplies secondary reaction sites (-NH{sub 2}) to covalently anchor thiol groups onto PP surface. Then the radical chain transfer to surface-bonded thiol groups and surface re-initiated polymerization of MPC lead to the formation of a thin layer of polymer brush (PMPC) with cell outer membrane mimetic structure on PP surface. X-ray photoelectron spectrophotometer (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and water contact angle measurements are used to characterize the PP surfaces before and after modification. The protein adsorption and platelet adhesion experiments are also employed to evaluate the interactions of PP surface with biomolecules. The results show that PMPC is successfully grafted onto PP surface. In comparison with bare PP, the resultant PP-PMPC surface exhibits greatly improved protein and platelet resistance performance, which is the contribution of both increased surface hydrophilicity and zwitterionic structure. More importantly, the residue thiol groups on PP-PMPC surface create a new pathway to further functionalize such

  4. Supercritical CO2 assisted electroless plating on polypropylene substrate-effect of injection speed on adhesive force of metal to polymer

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    Ohshima, Masahiro; Tsubouchi, Kensuke; Ishihara, Shota; Hikima, Yuta; Tengsuwan, Siwach

    2016-03-01

    The aqueous plating solution cannot be diffused into a plain polypropylene (PP) substrate and consequently Ni-P metal layer cannot be formed by electroless plating on the PP substrate with a satisfied degree of adhesive force unless the hydrophilicity of the substrate surface was increased. A block copolymer PP-b-polyethylene oxide (PP-b-PEO) was used to increase the hydrophilicity of the surface and the adhesive force of the metal layer to the satisfactory level. Our previous study showed the morphology of PP-b-PEO domain near the surface of substrate strongly affected the adhesiveness of the metal layer to the substrate. The degrees of elongation and orientation of the PP-b-PEO domains in PP matrix were the key factors of determining the thickness of the metal-PP composite layer and the resulting adhesive strength. In this study, the effect of injection molding condition on the degrees of elongation and orientation was investigated: PP/PP-b-PEO blend substrates were prepared by injection molding at different injection speed. The higher injection speed increased the degrees of elongation and orientation of copolymer and formed multilayered structure of the copolymer domains. It could produce the electroless plating PP substrate with the higher adhesive strength of the Ni-P metal layer to the PP substrate.

  5. Radiation Effects on Polypropylene Carbon Nanofibers Composites: Spectroscopic Investigations

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    Hamilton, John; Mion, Thomas; Cristian Chipara, Alin; Ibrahim, Elamin I.; Lozano, Karen; Tidrow, Steven; Magdalena Chipara, Dorina; Chipara, Mircea

    2010-03-01

    Dispersion of carbon nanostructures within polymeric matrices affects their physical and chemical properties (increased Young modulus, improved thermal stability, faster crystallization rates, higher equilibrium degree of crystallinity, modified glass, melting, and crystallization temperatures, enhanced thermal and electrical conductivity). Nevertheless, little is known about the radiation stability of such nanocomposites. The research is focused on spectroscopic investigations of radiation-induced modifications in isotactic polypropylene (iPP)-vapor grown nanofiber (VGCNF) composites. VGCNF were dispersed within iPP by extrusion at 180^oC. Composites containing various amounts of VGCNFs ranging from 0 to 20 % wt. were prepared and subjected to gamma irradiation, at room temperature, at various integral doses (10 MGy, 20 MGy, and 30 MGy). Raman spectroscopy, ATR, and WAXS were used to assess the radiation-induced modifications in these nanocomposites. Acknowledgements: This research was supported by the Welch Foundation (Department of Chemistry at UTPA), by Air Force Research Laboratory (FA8650-07-2-5061) and by US Army Research Laboratory/Office (W911NF-08-1-0353).

  6. Extensional Flow-Induced Dynamic Phase Transitions in Isotactic Polypropylene.

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    Ju, Jianzhu; Wang, Zhen; Su, Fengmei; Ji, Youxin; Yang, Haoran; Chang, Jiarui; Ali, Sarmad; Li, Xiangyang; Li, Liangbin

    2016-09-01

    With a combination of fast extension rheometer and in situ synchrotron radiation ultra-fast small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering, flow-induced crystallization (FIC) of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) is studied at temperatures below and above the melting point of α crystals (Tmα). A flow phase diagram of iPP is constructed in strain rate-temperature space, composing of melt, non-crystalline shish, α and α&β coexistence regions, based on which the kinetic and dynamic competitions among these four phases are discussed. Above Tmα , imposing strong flow reverses thermodynamic stabilities of the disordered melt and the ordered phases, leading to the occurrence of FIC of β and α crystals as a dynamic phase transition. Either increasing temperature or stain rate favors the competiveness of the metastable β over the stable α crystals, which is attributed to kinetic rate rather than thermodynamic stability. The violent competitions among four phases near the boundary of crystal-melt may frustrate crystallization and result in the non-crystalline shish winning out.

  7. Effect of Nanosilica Filled Polyurethane Composite Coating on Polypropylene Substrate

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    Yern Chee Ching

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Acrylic based polyurethane (PU coatings with various amounts of nanosilica contents were prepared using solution casting method. The nanosilica (SiO2 particles used are around 16 nm in diameter. The friction and wear test was conducted using the reciprocating wear testing machine. The tests were performed at rotary speed of 100 rpm and 200 rpm with load of 0.1 kg to 0.4 kg under 1 N interval. The effect of the PU/nano-SiO2 composite coating on friction and wear behavior of polypropylene substrate was investigated and compared. The worn surface of coating film layer after testing was investigated by using an optical microscope. The introduction of PU/nanosilica composite coating containing 3 wt% of nano-SiO2 content gives the lowest friction coefficient and wear rate to PP substrate. Both the friction and wear rate of PP substrate coated with >3 wt% of nano-SiO2 filled PU coating would increase with the increasing of applied load and sliding time.

  8. Radiation modification of the properties of polypropylene/carboxymethyl cellulose blends and their biodegradability

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    A M ABDEL GHAFFAR; H E ALI

    2016-12-01

    Polypropylene (PP)/carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) blend films were prepared by changing content of CMC in the range of 0–20 wt%. Different analytical techniques such as thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), mechanicaltest and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to investigate some selected properties such as thermal properties, tensile strength, elongation and morphology. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) was performedto identify the chemical structure of the prepared blend films. The blend film with composition PP/15wt% CMC was selected due to its modified properties rather than other blends. The properties of original and irradiated PP/15wt% CMC blend were investigated. It was found that the swelling behaviour is slightly increased with increasing CMC content and does not exceed 7%. It is observed that for PP/15wt% CMC as irradiation dose increases the mechanical property (tensile strength) is enhanced up to 10 kGy and water resistant increases. The prepared PP/CMC with different concentration blends and the selected irradiated PP/15wt% CMC blend with different doses 0, 5, 10 and 20 kGy were subjected to biodegradation in soil burial tests for 6 months using two different types of soils,namely, agricultural and desert soils. The properties of original PP/CMC blends and irradiated PP/15wt% CMC blend that undergo biodegradation were investigated by mechanical test and SEM. From the study it can be concludedthat there is a possibility of using PP/15wt% CMC blend film irradiated to 10 kGy as a potential candidate for packaging purpose.

  9. Effect of compatibilizer and electron irradiation on free-volume and microhardness of syndiotactic polypropylene/clay nanocomposites

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    Misheva, M. [Faculty of Physics, Sofia University ' Kl. Ohridsky' , J. Bourchier Blvd. 5, 1126 Sofia (Bulgaria); Djourelov, N. [Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko shoosse Blvd., 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria)], E-mail: nikdjour@inrne.bas.bg; Zamfirova, G. [Higher School of Transport ' T. Kableshkov' , Geo Milev str. 159, 1574 Sofia (Bulgaria); Gaydarov, V.; Cerrada, M.L.; Rodriguez-Amor, V.; Perez, E. [Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Polimeros (CSIC), Juan de la Cierva 3, 28006-Madrid (Spain)

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    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and microindentation methods were applied to study the modification of syndiotactic polypropylene properties (PP) due to introducing of nanoclay (4 wt%) and maleic anhydride-modified PP oligomer into the polymer matrix. The influence of electron irradiation of nanocomposites with different doses ({<=}440 kGy) was also studied. It was found that the initial irradiation with 30 kGy has a considerable effect on o-Ps lifetimes and intensities. However, the studied materials do not show noticeable differences in their behavior.

  10. Radiation grafting of N,N'-dimethylacrylamide and N-isopropylacrylamide onto polypropylene films by two-step method

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    Contreras-Garcia, A.; Burillo, G.; Aliev, R. [Departamento de Quimica de Radiaciones y Radioquimica, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico, DF 04510 (Mexico); Bucio, E. [Departamento de Quimica de Radiaciones y Radioquimica, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico, DF 04510 (Mexico)], E-mail: ebucio@nucleares.unam.mx

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    Polypropylene (PP) films were modified by the consecutive grafting of N,N'-dimethylacrylamide (DMAAm) and N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) (two-step method) using preirradiation method with gamma-rays. The effect of absorbed dose, monomer concentration and reaction time on the degree of grafting was determined. The grafted samples were verified by the FTIR-ATR spectroscopy; thermal properties were analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and the stimuli-responsive behavior was studied by swelling and contact angle in water as well as DSC. Thermoresponsive films of (PP-g-DMAAm)-g-NIPAAm presented a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) at 36.5 deg. C.

  11. Tailored sPP/Silica Nanocomposite for Ecofriendly Insulation of Extruded HVDC Cable

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    Bin Dang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE is a thermosetting material that cannot be recycled at the end of its lifetime. This study investigated the potential of syndiotactic polypropylene (sPP/silica as an ecofriendly extruded insulation system for HVDC cables. We investigated the morphology, Fourier transform infrared, and thermal, thermomechanical, and electrical behaviors of sPP modified with 0.5–3% nanosilica. We found that the silica/sPP nanocomposite without cross-linking offered a suitable mechanical modulus at room temperature and sufficient intensity at high temperatures, and adding nanosilica modified by a silane coupling agent to the sPP resulted in significant DC resistivity and space charge improvement. The optimal nanosilica content in the sPP was determined by balancing the mechanical and thermomechanical characteristics and the DC resistivity. The sPP/silica nanocomposite reported here shows great potential as a candidate insulation material for future ecofriendly extruded HVDC cables.

  12. Electrical properties of polypropylene-based composites controlled by multilayered distribution of conductive particles.

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    Gao, Wanli; Zheng, Yu; Shen, Jiabin; Guo, Shaoyun

    2015-01-28

    Materials consisting of alternating layers of pure polypropylene (PP) and carbon black filled polypropylene (PPCB) were fabricated in this work. The electrical behaviors of the multilayered composites were investigated from two directions: (1) Parallel to interfaces. The confined layer space allowed for a more compact connection between CB particles, while the conductive pathways tended to be broken up with increasing number of layers leading to a distinct enhancement of the electrical resistivity due to the separation of insulated PP layers. (2) Vertical to interfaces. The alternating assemblies of insulated and conductive layers like a parallel-plate capacitor made the electrical conductivity become frequency dependent. Following the layer multiplication process, the dielectric permittivity was significantly enhanced due to the accumulation of electrical charges at interfaces. Thus, as a microwave was incident on the dielectric medium, the interfacial polarization made the main contribution to inherent dissipation of microwave energy, so that the absorbing peak became strengthened when the material had more layers. Furthermore, the layer interfaces in the multilayered system were also effective to inhibit the propagation of cracks in the stretching process, leading to a larger elongation at the break than that of the PP/CB conventional system, which provided a potential route to fabricate electrical materials with optimal mechanical properties.

  13. Impact of Surface Modification and Nanoparticle on Sisal Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Nanocomposites

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    Idowu David Ibrahim

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of plant fibers, polymer, and nanoparticles for composite has gained global attention, especially in the packaging, automobile, aviation, building, and construction industries. Nanocomposites materials are currently in use as a replacement for traditional materials due to their superior properties, such as high strength-to-weight ratio, cost effectiveness, and environmental friendliness. Sisal fiber (SF was treated with 5% NaOH for 2 hours at 70°C. A mixed blend of sisal fiber and recycled polypropylene (rPP was produced at four different fiber loadings: 10, 20, 30, and 40 wt.%, while nanoclay was added at 1, 3, and 5 wt.%. Maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MAPP was used as the compatibilizer for all composites prepared except the untreated sisal fibers. The characterization results showed that the fiber treatment, addition of MAPP, and nanoclay improved the mechanical properties and thermal stability and reduced water absorption of the SF/rPP nanocomposites. The tensile strength, tensile modulus, and impact strength increased by 32.80, 37.62, and 5.48%, respectively, when compared to the untreated SF/rPP composites. Water absorption was reduced due to the treatment of fiber and the incorporation of MAPP and nanoclay.

  14. Polypropylene Nanocomposites Obtained by In Situ Polymerization Using Metallocene Catalyst: Influence of the Nanoparticles on the Final Polymer Morphology

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    Paula Zapata

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Polypropylene nanocomposites containing silica nanospheres based on the sol-gel methods were produced via in situ polymerization using a rac-Et(Ind2ZrCl2/methylaluminoxane (MAO system. Two different routes were used depending on the interaction between the silica nanoparticles with the catalytic system. In route 1 the nanoparticles were added together with the catalytic system (rac-Et(Ind2ZrCl2/(MAO directly into the reactor, and in route 2 the metallocene rac-Et(Ind2ZrCl2 was supported on silica nanospheres pretreated with (MAO. SEM images show that when the nanospheres were added by both routes, they were replicated in the final polymer particle morphology; this phenomenon was more pronounced for PP obtained by route 2. The polypropylene (PP nanocomposites obtained by both routes had a slightly higher percent crystallinities and crystallinity temperatures than pure PP. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM images show that the nanospheres were well dispersed into the polypropylene matrix, particularly in the nanocomposites obtained by the support system (route 2.

  15. Effect of compatibilization on the properties of in situ microfibrillar composites based on polylactic acid and polypropylene

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    Oliviero, Maria; Buonocore, Giovanna G.; Verdolotti, Letizia; Lavorgna, Marino

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this work was to explore the feasibility of using polypropylene (PP) as an reinforcing material for polylactide acid (PLA) based on the concept of in situ microfibrillar composites (iMFCs). Microfibers of PP were successfully generated by melt mixing, slit die extrusion and cold stretching. However, due to their immiscibility feature, the interfacial interaction between PP microfibers and PLA matrix is poor. In order to reduce the interfacial tension of the blend, PP-grafted with maleic anhydride was used as an interfacial compatibilizer. The effect of filler content on morphological appearance, mechanical and water vapor barrier properties were investigated. Results show the effect of the compatibilizer to stabilize the morphology developed during compounding and to enhance adhesion between the phases thus improving the properties of the obtained iMFCs.

  16. SPATIAL HIERARCHY AND INTERFACIAL STRUCTURE IN INJECTION-MOLDED BARS OF POLYPROPYLENE-BASED BLENDS AND COMPOSITES

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    Ke Wang; Min Guo; Si Liang; Ping Zhao; Hong Yang; Qin Zhang; Rong-ni Du; Qiang Fu

    2007-01-01

    The hierarchical structure and interfacial morphology of injection-molded bars of polypropylene (PP) based blends and composites have been investigated in detail from the skin to the core. For preparation of injection-molded bars with high-level orientation and good interfacial adhesion, a dynamic packing injection molding technology was applied to exert oscillatory shear on the melts during solidification stage. Depending on incorporated component, interfacial adhesion and processing conditions, various oriented structure and morphology could be obtained. First, we will elucidate the epitaxial behavior between PP and high-density polyethylene occurring in practical molded processing. Then, the shear-induced transcrystalline structure will be the main focus for PP/fiber composites. At last, various oriented clay structures have been ascertained unambiguously in PP/organoclay nanocomposites along the thickness of molded bars.

  17. Electron spin resonance studies on PS, PP and PS/PP blends under gamma irradiation

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    Reyes, Jacobo E-mail: reyesj@camelot.rect.ucv.ve; Albano, Carmen E-mail: calbano@ivic.vealbanoc@camelot.rect.ucv.ve; Claro, Marjorie; Moronta, Delfin

    2003-06-01

    Electron spin resonance studies on polystyrene (PS), polypropylene (PP) and on 80/20 PS/PP blends with and without compatibilizer (block SBS), at 7.5 wt%, irradiated with gamma rays from a {sup 60}Co source at a dose rate of 4.8 kGy/h and at integral irradiation doses of 10, 25, 50, 60, 70, 400, 800 and 1300 kGy in the presence of air and at room temperature are reported. Dependence of resonance line width, Hpp, resonance line shapes, K, and resonance line intensity, Ipp, on the integral dose of irradiation is investigated. Nature of free radicals after 10 days of air storage is discussed.

  18. Study of the structure and the mechanical properties of dynamically cured PP/MAH-g-SEBS/epoxy blends

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    Xue Liang Jiang; Yin Xi Zhang

    2009-01-01

    A new method concerning with the simultaneous reinforcing and toughening of polypropylene (PP) was reported. Dynamical cure of the epoxy resin was successfully applied in the PP/maleic anhydride-grafted styrene--ethylene-butylene-styrene (SEBS) triblock copolymer, and the obtained blends named as dynamically cured PP/MAH-g-SEBS/epoxy blends. The stiffness and toughness of the blends are in a good balance, and MAH-g-SEBS was acted as not only an impact modifier but also a compatibilizer. The structure of the dynamically cured PP/MAH-g-SEBS/epoxy blends is the embedding of the epoxy particles by the MAH-gSEBS.

  19. Preparation and properties of carbon nanotube/polypropylene nanocomposite bipolar plates for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

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    Liao, Shu-Hang; Yen, Chuan-Yu; Weng, Cheng-Chih; Lin, Yu-Feng; Ma, Chen-Chi M.; Yang, Ching-Hung; Tsai, Ming-Chi; Yen, Ming-Yu; Hsiao, Min-Chien; Lee, Shuo-Jen; Xie, Xiao-Feng; Hsiao, Yi-Hsiu

    This study aims at the fabrication of lightweight and high performance nanocomposite bipolar plates for the application in polymer electrode membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). The thin nanocomposite bipolar plates (the thickness polypropylene (PP) with different crystallinities including high crystallinity PP (HC-PP), medium crystallinity PP (MC-PP), low crystallinity PP (LC-PP) were prepared to investigate the influence of crystallinity on the dispersion of MWCNTs in PP matrix. The optimum composition of original composite bipolar plates was determined at 80 wt.% graphite content and 20 wt.% PP content based on the measurements of electrical and mechanical properties with various graphite contents. Results also indicate that MWCNTs was dispersed better in LC-PP than other PP owing to enough dispersed regions in nanocomposite bipolar plates. This good MWCNT dispersion of LC-PP would cause better bulk electrical conductivity, mechanical properties and thermal stability of MWCNTs/PP nanocomposite bipolar plates. In the MWCNTs/LC-PP system, the bulk electrical conductivities with various MWCNT contents all exceed 100 S cm -1. The flexural strength of the MWCNTs/LC-PP nanocomposite bipolar plate with 8 phr of MWCNTs was approximately 37% higher than that of the original nanocomposite bipolar plate and the unnotched Izod impact strength of MWCNTs/LC-PP nanocomposite bipolar plates was also increased from 68.32 J m -1 (0 phr) to 81.40 J m -1 (8 phr), increasing 19%. In addition, the coefficient of thermal expansion of MWCNTs/LC-PP nanocomposite bipolar plate was decreased from 32.91 μm m -1 °C -1 (0 phr) to 25.79 μm m -1 °C -1 (8 phr) with the increasing of MWCNT content. The polarization curve of MWCNTs/LC-PP nanocomposite bipolar plate compared with graphite bipolar plate was also evaluated. These results confirm that the addition of MWCNTs in LC-PP leads to a significant improvement on the cell performance of the nanocomposite bipolar plate.

  20. An investigation of the impact of transvaginal reconstructive pelvic surgery with polypropylene mesh on quality of life in elderly patients with severe pelvic organ prolapse%经阴道聚丙烯网片盆底重建术治疗重度盆腔器官脱垂的主观疗效观察

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    张迎辉; 鲁永鲜; 刘昕; 沈文洁; 刘静霞

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To study the impact of transvaginal reconstructive pelvic surgery with polypropylene mesh on quality of life in elderly patients with severe pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Methods:From May 2004 to March 2011 , 114 severe POP patients with stage DI and IV by POP-Q system underwent transvaginal reconstructive pelvic surgery with polypropylene mesh. All the patients completed pelvic floor distress inventory short form(PFDI-20) and pelvic floor impact questionnaire brief form(PFIQ-7) before operation, and it was repeated 2 months ,6 months and 1 year after operation. Results:There were 96 (84%), 85 (75%) and 77 (68%) patients respectively completed the questionnaire at 2 months ,6 months and 1 year after operation. All patients had POP-Q stage≤I 1 year after operation. Nineteen (19. 8% ,19/96 cases)patients had mesh exposure at 2 months and 6(7. 8% ,6/77 cases) at 1 year follow-up. Most bothersome vaginal and pelvic symptoms, including urinary and obstructive defecation symptoms were improved significantly at 2 months after operation , and this improvement was maintained at the 1 year follow-up. Mean score of PFDI-20 and PFIQ-7 decreased significantly after operation at the 2-month, 6-month and 1 year follow-up (P<0. 01). Conclusions : Transvaginal reconstructive pelvic surgery with polypropylene mesh can effectively resolve bothersome symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction and improve quality of life of patients' with severe POP.%目的:调查经阴道聚丙烯网片盆底重建术治疗重度盆腔器官脱垂(POP)的主观疗效.方法:对2004年5月-2011年3月因重度POP在解放军总医院第一附属医院行经阴道聚丙烯网片盆底重建术治疗的114例患者,分别于术前及术后2个月、6个月、1年时进行盆底功能障碍症状及其对生活质量影响的问卷调查,调查采用盆底功能障碍(PFD)症状问卷——盆底困扰量表简表(PFDI-20)以及生活质量问卷——盆底影响问卷简表(PFIQ-7).

  1. Sorption of heavy metals on a chitosan-grafted-polypropylene nonwoven geotextile

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    Vandenbossche M.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This work describes the development of an environmental friendly functionalized polypropylene nonwoven geotextile (PP in order to trap heavy metals in sediments and sludges. Chitosan was chosen as the sorbent because of its ability to trap heavy metals, of its natural origin (from shells, and of its low cost. PP was first functionalized with acrylic acid using a cold plasma process, in order to bring some reactive carboxylic functions onto the surface. Chitosan was then covalently grafted on the acrylic acid modified polypropylene. The functionalized surfaces were characterized by FTIR (Fourier Transform InfraRed and chitosan was thus proven to be grafted. The ability of the functionalized textile to trap heavy metals was then investigated. Copper was chosen as the model heavy metal, and artificial solutions of CuSO4 were prepared for the experiments. Sorption studies among the concentration of copper in polluted solutions at 20°C were carried out with PP-g-AA-chitosan (Polypropylene-grafted-Acrylic acid-chitosan in order to evaluate the maximum of absorption of this surface: the textile can chelate copper increasingly with the initial copper concentration until 800 ppm where it reaches a plateau at about 30 mg/L. The effects of pH and of the ionic strength (absorption in a NaCl containing solution were finally investigated. The trapping of Cu2+ decreases slowly when the ionic strength increases. For a seawater-like NaCl concentration of 30g/L, the textile still chelates about 20 mg/L of Cu2+. Finally, the optimum pH to trap the maximum amount of copper was determined to be 4.75, which corresponds to the optimum pH for the solubility of the chitosan.

  2. Formation of various crystalline structures in a polypropylene/polycarbonate in situ microfibrillar blend during the melt second flow.

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    Xia, Xiao-Chao; Yang, Wei; He, Shan; Xie, Dan-Dan; Zhang, Rui-Yan; Tian, Feng; Yang, Ming-Bo

    2016-05-18

    A strong shear flow was imposed on the melt of polycarbonate (PC) microfibrils with β-nucleation agent reinforced isotactic polypropylene (iPP) during the melt second flow process, i.e. gas-assisted injection molding (GAIM). A special shell-core structure was formed in the iPP/PC microfibrils with β-nucleation agent (PP/PC/β-NA) composites. A lot of β-transcrystalline and α-transcrystalline superstructures were observed in the skin and sub-skin regions, whereas β-spherulite structures were formed in the gas channel region. There is no doubt that the distinct hierarchical structure has great potential to significantly improve the mechanical performance of the composites, and the experimental results verify this. The results of the mechanical performance testing show that the yield strength of the PP/PC/β-NA composites reached 61.9 MPa, which is 19.7 MPa higher than that of the iPP parts molded by GAIM (G-iPP) (42.2 MPa). The tensile modulus of the PP/PC/β-NA composites (3.3 GPa) increased by 135%, compared to that of G-iPP (1.4 GPa). The high content of β-crystals improved the elongation at break of the composites compared to the iPP/PC microfibril (PP/PC) composites; the elongation at break of the PP/PC/β-NA composites (13%) is over 3 times greater than that of the PP/PC composites (4%).

  3. DYNAMIC RHEOLOGICAL BEHAVIOR OF POLYPROPYLENE FILLED WITH ULTRA-FINE POWDERED RUBBER PARTICLES

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    Qiang Zheng; Yan-xia Cao; Miao Du

    2004-01-01

    Dynamic rheological characteristics of polypropylene (PP) filled with ultra-fine full-vulcanized powdered rubber (UFPR) composed of styrene-butadiene copolymer were studied through dynamic rheological measurements on an Advanced Rheometric Expansion System (ARES). A specific viscoelastic phenomenon, i.e. "the second plateau", appeared at low frequencies, and exhibits a certain dependence on the amount of rubber particles and the dispersion state in the matrix. This phenomenon is attributed to the formation of aggregation structure of rubber particles. The analyses of Cole-Cole diagrams of the dynamic viscoelastic functions suggest that the heterogeneity of the composites is enhanced on increasing both particle content and temperature.

  4. Material Properties and Tensile Behaviors of Polypropylene Geogrid and Geonet for Reinforcement of Soil Structures

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    2002-01-01

    The properties and tensile behaviors of polypropylene (PP) geogrids and geonets for reinforcement of soil structures are investigated.Mass per unit area of the geogrids and geonets was weighed using an electronic balance and aperture sizes of the geonets were exactly measured using a computer.Laboratory tests were performed using a small tensile machine capable of monitoring tensile force and displacement.Tensile failure behaviors were described,and tensile index properties such as tensile strength,maximum tensile strain,tensile forces corresponding to different strains in the geogrids and gronets were obtained.The characterization of these indexes is discussed.

  5. Synthesis of new N-alkylsulfonamide-containing phenylazopyrazolone dyes and their application to unmodified polypropylene fiber

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    Zhi Hua Cui; Shu Fen Zhang; Jin Zong Yang

    2007-01-01

    Three new N-alkylsulfonamide-containing phenylazopyrazolone dyes have been synthesized by reaction of sulfonyl chloride intermediates with different saturated aliphatic amines and their molecular structures were confirmed by FTIR, 1H NMR and MS.The dyes were applied to unmodified polypropylene fabric. These dyes showed high exhaustion as well as higher levels of fastness to washing, sublimation and rubbing compared with C.I. Disperse Yellow 16. The results showed the N-alkylsulfonamidecontaining dyes were suitable for dyeing unmodified PP fiber and exhibited good color depth and fastness properties.

  6. Structure and properties of polypropylene cast films: Polymer type and processing effects

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    Mileva, Daniela; Gahleitner, Markus; Gloger, Dietrich

    2016-05-01

    The influence of processing parameters in a cast film extrusion process of thin films of isotactic polypropylene homopolymer and random propylene-ethylene copolymer was analyzed. Variation of the chill roll temperature allowed changing the supercooling of the melt and thus the generation of different crystal polymorphs of iPP. Additional focus was placed on the effect of flow induced crystallization via changing the output rate of the line. The crystal structure and morphology of the materials were evaluated and correlated to selected optical and mechanical properties.

  7. Influência do desempenho térmico de moldes fabricados com compósito epóxi/alumínio nas propriedades de pp moldado por injeção Thermal behavior of epoxy/aluminum rapid tooling composite during injection molding of polypropylene

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    Gean V. Salmoria

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available O surgimento das tecnologias de prototipagem rápida (RP e de ferramental rápido (RT tem despertado interesse da indústria de moldes de injeção. O vazamento de termofixos com cargas metálicas possibilita a construção de moldes usando materiais compósitos, os quais apresentam maior resistência que os utilizados por outras técnicas RT. Neste trabalho foi estudado o comportamento térmico de moldes fabricados em epóxi/alumínio durante a injeção de polipropileno através de avaliações da estrutura e de propriedades mecânicas utilizando difração de raio X e ensaios de dureza e de tração. Os corpos-de-prova injetados no molde em compósito epóxi/alumínio apresentaram pequenas diferenças no grau de cristalinidade das superfícies analisadas e propriedades mecânicas semelhantes aos corpos-de-prova injetados em molde de aço. O estudo mostrou um razoável desempenho térmico do molde compósito durante a injeção de polipropileno evidenciando a viabilidade de utilização destes moldes na produção de pequenas séries de protótipos e de produtos neste termoplástico.rapid prototyping (RP and rapid tooling (RT technologies are gaining increasing importance in the injection molding industry. Casting of resin/metal composites allows the construction of molds with greater resistance than those manufactured by other RT techniques such as Stereolithography. In this work, the thermal behavior of molds manufactured in epoxy/aluminum during the injection molding of polypropylene specimens was investigated. Structural and mechanical characterization of the molded specimens included X ray analysis, hardness and tensile testing. The samples presented small differences in the degree of crystallinity and similar mechanical properties in comparison with samples injected into steel molds. This study showed a reasonable thermal performance of the epoxy/aluminum mold during the injection molding of polypropylene, thus demonstrating the

  8. Thermal Stability, Combustion Behavior, and Mechanical Property in a Flame-Retardant Polypropylene System

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    Lili Wang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to comprehensively improve the strength, toughness, flame retardancy, smoke suppression, and thermal stability of polypropylene (PP, layered double hydroxide (LDH Ni0.2Mg2.8Al–LDH was synthesized by a coprecipitation method coupled with the microwave-hydrothermal treatment. The X-ray diffraction (XRD, morphology, mechanical, thermal, and fire properties for PP composites containing 1 wt %–20 wt % Ni0.2Mg2.8Al–LDH were investigated. The cone calorimeter tests confirm that the peak heat release rate (pk–HRR of PP–20%LDH was decreased to 500 kW/m2 from the 1057 kW/m2 of PP. The pk–HRR, average mass loss rate (AMLR and effective heat of combustion (EHC analysis indicates that the condensed phase fire retardant mechanism of Ni0.2Mg2.8Al–LDH in the composites. The production rate and mean release yield of CO for composites gradually decrease as Ni0.2Mg2.8Al–LDH increases in the PP matrix. Thermal analysis indicates that the decomposition temperature for PP–5%LDH and PP–10%LDH is 34 °C higher than that of the pure PP. The mechanical tests reveal that the tensile strength of PP–1%LDH is 7.9 MPa higher than that of the pure PP. Furthermore, the elongation at break of PP–10%LDH is 361% higher than PP. In this work, the synthetic LDH Ni0.2Mg2.8Al–LDH can be used as a flame retardant, smoke suppressant, thermal stabilizer, reinforcing, and toughening agent of PP products.

  9. Photocatalytic performance of melt-electrospun polypropylene fabric decorated with TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Karahaliloglu, Zeynep; Hacker, Christoph; Demirbilek, Murat; Seide, Gunnar; Denkbas, Emir Baki; Gries, Thomas

    2014-09-01

    Recently, nanomaterials, especially titanium-based nanomaterials, have a great potential for decolorization of textile dye effluents. In this article, the nanofibrillar filters functionalized with titanium nanoparticle (nTi) were designed to improve dyeing wastewater decolorization. Pristine polypropylene (PP) and nTi-PP nanocomposite nonwovens were produced as a photocatalyzer by melt-electrospinning process. The average diameter of pristine PP- and nTi-PP nanocomposite melt-electrospun fibers was found average as 700 ± 0.3 and 800 ± 0.4 nm, respectively. Before functionalization with nTi, the surface of fabrics was activated by a technique using glutaraldehyde (GA) and polyethyleneimine to improve decomposition activity. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results revealed that titanium nanoparticles were deposited uniformly on the nanofibers. X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS) results confirmed the presence of titanium nanoparticles and generation of amine groups after modification. Photocatalytic performance of nTi-loaded pristine and nanocomposite melt-electrospun filters was investigated by using methyl orange (MO) as a model compound. The decolorization experiments were carried out by varying initial dye concentration (10, 20, 40 mg/L), pH (2, 5, and 9), and loaded TiO2 amount (1 and 2 %). According to photocatalytic decolarization test results, nTi-loaded GA-treated pristine or nTi-PP nanocomposite fabric filter has better properties compared to GA-untreated group from point of photocatalytic efficiency, especially over 90 % decolorization efficiency at GA-treated pristine and nTi-PP composite PP fabrics. The complete decolarization of MO was observed at pH value of 5, photocatalyst concentration of 20 mg/L, and 1 % nTi-loading after 3 h. The results show that surface activated PP nonwovens, which is introduced Ti nanoparticles into and onto the structure, a good photocatalytic activity.

  10. Development of advanced antimicrobial and sterilized plasma polypropylene grafted muga (Antheraea assama) silk as suture biomaterial.

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    Gogoi, Dolly; Choudhury, Arup Jyoti; Chutia, Joyanti; Pal, Arup Ratan; Khan, Mojibur; Choudhury, Manash; Pathak, Pallabi; Das, Gouranga; Patil, Dinkar S

    2014-04-01

    Surface modification of silk fibroin (SF) materials using environmentally friendly and non-hazardous process to tailor them for specific application as biomaterials has drawn a great deal of interest in the field of biomedical research. To further explore this area of research, in this report, polypropylene (PP) grafted muga (Antheraea assama) SF (PP-AASF) suture is developed using plasma treatment and plasma graft polymerization process. For this purpose, AASF is first sterilized in argon (Ar) plasma treatment followed by grafting PP onto its surface. AASF is a non-mulberry variety having superior qualities to mulberry SF and is still unexplored in the context of suture biomaterial. AASF, Ar plasma treated AASF (AASFAr) and PP-AASF are subjected to various characterization techniques for better comparison and the results are attempted to correlate with their observed properties. Excellent mechanical strength, hydrophobicity, antibacterial behavior, and remarkable wound healing activity of PP-AASF over AASF and AASFAr make it a promising candidate for application as sterilized suture biomaterial.

  11. Evaluation of Electroless-Nickel Plated Polypropylene under Thermal Cycling and Mechanical Tests

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    O.O. Ajibola

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The electroless-nickel composite (ENC consisting of bright metallic electroless-nickel (EN and dull electroless-nickel-phosphorus (EN-P were deposited on the polypropylene (PP substrate from the sodium hypophosphite baths. The ENC plated specimens were subjected to abrasive wear-adhesion test of 1750, 3500, 7000 and 14000 cycles; thermal cycle-adhesion tests, and tensile strength and creep tests. The deposition of ENC influenced the strength and creep strain properties of the PP. The maximum stress σ of 118 (MPa was obtained from EN-PP specimen at strain  of 0.1 mm/mm as compared with the PP having stress σ of 36 (MPa at strain  of 0.07 mm/mm before failure The surface appearances and microstructures of ENC film on PP substrates were examined under the higher resolution metallurgical microscope with digital camera and microscopic camera. The composition of ENC film was characterized using Scanning Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-Ray analyses (Jeol JSM-7600F Field Emission SEM/EDX, The micrographs and spectra lines data generated were used to interpret the results.

  12. Effect of carboxylic acids as compatibilizer agent on mechanical properties of thermoplastic starch and polypropylene blends.

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    Martins, Andréa Bercini; Santana, Ruth Marlene Campomanes

    2016-01-01

    In this work, polypropylene/thermoplastic starch (PP/TPS) blends were prepared as an alternative material to use in disposable packaging, reducing the negative polymeric environmental impact. Unfortunately, this material displays morphological characteristics typical of immiscible polymer blends and a compatibilizer agent is needed. Three different carboxyl acids: myristic (C14), palmitic (C16) and stearic acids (C18) were used as natural compatibilizer agent (NCA). The effects of NCA on the mechanical, physical, thermal and morphological properties of PP/TPS blends were investigated and compared against PP/TPS with and without PP-grafted maleic anhydride (PPgMA). When compared to PP/TPS, blends with C18, PPgMA and C14 presented an improvement of 25, 22 and 17% in tensile strength at break and of 180, 194 and 259% in elongation at break, respectively. The highest increase, 54%, in the impact strength was achieved with C14 incorporation. Improvements could be seen, through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images, in the compatibility between the immiscible components by acids incorporation. These results showed that carboxylic acids, specifically C14, could be used as compatibilizer agent and could substitute PPgMA.

  13. Thermal Stability and Kinetic Study of Isotactic Polypropylene/Algerian Bentonite Nanocomposites Prepared via Melt Blending

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    Fayçal Benhacine

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Isotactic polypropylene (iPP/bentonite nanocomposites were prepared via melt blending using bentonite clay originated from Maghnia (Algeria. This clay was, at a first stage, used in its pure form (PBT and then organically modified by Hexadecyl ammonium chloride (OBT. The effect of Maghnia bentonite dispersion on the iPP matrix was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM. DSC results evidenced that unmodified or organomodified bentonite can act as a nucleating agent increasing the rate of crystallites formation. Moreover, a thermogravimetry analysis confirmed a significant enhanced thermal stability of IPP/clay nanocomposites compared to pure IPP. The Flynn-Wall-Ozawa and Tang methods were applied to determine the activation energy Ea of the degradation process. The apparent activation energy  Eα of thermal degradation for IPP/clay nanocomposites was much higher than that of virgin iPP. Comparatively to PBT, results indicate that OBT has an important effect on pure iPP thermal stability. Tensile modulus, tensile strength, and elongation at break were also measured and compared with those of pure iPP.

  14. Influence of MCM-41 particle on mechanical and morphological behavior of polypropylene

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    Wang Na [Education Department of LiaoNing Province, Key Laboratory of Applied Technology of Polymer Materials, Shenyang Institute of Chemical Technology, Shenyang 110142 (China); Key Laboratory of Superlight Materials and Surface Technology, Harbin Engineering University, Ministry of Education, Nantong ST 145, Harbin 150001 (China)], E-mail: iamwangna@sina.com; Shao Yawei [Key Laboratory of Superlight Materials and Surface Technology, Harbin Engineering University, Ministry of Education, Nantong ST 145, Harbin 150001 (China); Shi Zhaoxin; Zhang Jing; Li Hongwei [Education Department of LiaoNing Province, Key Laboratory of Applied Technology of Polymer Materials, Shenyang Institute of Chemical Technology, Shenyang 110142 (China)

    2008-12-15

    This study investigates the effects of different types of nanoparticles and amount of nanoparticles on morphology and mechanical performance of polypropylene (PP) composites. Three different types of nanoparticles, namely mesoporous MCM-41 (without template), mesoporous MCM-41 (with template), and mesoporous MCM-41, whose pore channels were filled with different flexible polymer inside the pore channels with the aid of supercritical CO{sub 2} are considered. PP composites containing (0.5-5 wt.%) mesoporous MCM-41 were prepared by compounding. The tensile properties of the composites determined as a function of the filler loading and the different types of nanoparticles are found to vary with the different interface between different fillers and the matrix. The results of tensile tests showed that different flexible polymer filled mesoporous MCM-41 nanoparticles could simultaneously provide PP with strengthening and toughening effects at rather low filler content (0.5 wt.%). Scanning electron microscopy studies revealed a good dispersion of the MCM-41-S-PMMA and MCM-41-S-PS particles in the PP matrix and the enhancement of the interface between PP and MCM-41 are obtained.

  15. An investigation of bicomponent polypropylene/poly(ethylene terephthalate) melt blown microfiber nonwovens

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    Zhao, Rongguo

    2001-12-01

    This work studied polypropylene/poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PP/PET) bico MB microfiber nonwovens, including the effects of processing conditions on fiber and web properties, process/structure/property relationships, and spinline dynamics. It was conducted in the 24-inch ReicofilRTM MB pilot line with bicomponent MB capability. The Response Surface Methodology was employed for experimental design and statistical analysis. It remarkably reduced number of runs for the most important information, investigated all selected factors as a whole, and predicted their effects on the properties of interest (responses). Phase 1 concentrated on the preliminary determination of the processing conditions of 100% PP and 100% PET. Thermal analysis and Theological measurements suggest that PP35MFR/PET is a better pair for bico melt blowing. The bico filaments possess a side-by-side cross-sectional geometry. Phase 2 focused on the processing of PP/PET bico MB nonwovens and the process-structure-property relationships. Phase 3 focused on spinline dynamics to develop a fundamental understanding of the PP/PET bico MB process. These results provide fundamental information to explain the observations of fiber attenuation and web structure development. Based on the findings of this study and the literature review, several recommendations were also made for further investigation of bico MB microfiber nonwovens.

  16. Evaluation of the Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Coffee Tree Wood Flour - Polypropylene Composites

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    Brent H. Tisserat

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Columbian coffee trees are subject to frequent replacement plantings due to disease and local climate changes, which makes them an ideal source of wood fibers for wood plastic composites (WPC. Composites of polypropylene (PP consisting of 25% and 40% by weight of coffee wood flour (CF and 0% or 5% by weight of maleated PP (MAPP were produced by twin screw compounding and injection molding. Composites containing MAPP had significantly improved tensile and flexural properties compared to neat PP or composites without MAPP. Excellent mechanical properties were obtained with CF relative to conventional wood fillers. IZOD impact resistances of CF composites were significantly lower than neat PP although WPC containing MAPP were superior to WPC without MAPP. Bio-based fiber composites made by mixing CF in equal portions with other fiber sources were evaluated to determine the compatibility of using CF with other sources of filler materials. Soaking of tensile bars of the various CF blends in distilled water for 35 days may alter their mechanical properties and result in weight gain. Differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis were conducted on the neat PP and bio-composites to evaluate their thermal properties as they relate to potential degradation during conventional thermoplastic resin processing.

  17. Antibacterial performance of polypropylene nonwoven fabric wound dressing surfaces containing passive and active components

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    Xin, Zhirong, E-mail: xinzhirong2012@126.com [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yantai University, Yantai 264005 (China); Du, Shanshan; Zhao, Chunyu; Chen, Hao; Sun, Miao [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yantai University, Yantai 264005 (China); Yan, Shunjie [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Luan, Shifang, E-mail: sfluan@ciac.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Yin, Jinghua [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2016-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • PNVP and PHMG components were covalently immobilized on PP{sub NWF} surface. • PP{sub NWF}-g-PNVP-PHMG possessed bacterial adhesion-resistant and bactericidal capabilities. • PP{sub NWF}-g-PNVP-PHMG obviously suppressed platelet and red blood cell adhesion. - Abstract: A growing number of wound dressing-related nosocomial infections necessitate the development of novel antibacterial strategies. Herein, polypropylene non-woven fabric (PP{sub NWF}) was facilely modified with passive and active antibacterial components, namely photografting polymerization both N-Vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (NVP) and glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) monomers, and the introduction of guanidine polymer through the reaction between active amino groups and epoxy groups. The modified samples were confirmed by attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. Water contact angle measurement, antibacterial test, platelet and red blood cell adhesion were used to evaluate the hydrophilicity, antibacterial properties and hemocompatibility of the samples. It was found that the antibacterial properties were obviously enhanced, meanwhile significantly suppressing platelet and red blood cell adhesion after the above modification. This PP{sub NWF} samples that possess antifouling and antimicrobial properties, have great potential in wound dressing applications.

  18. Nanocomposites of PP and bentonite clay modified with different surfactants; Nanocompositos de PP e bentonita organofilizada com diferentes tensoativos

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    Rodrigues, Andre W.B.; Agrawal, Pankaj; Araujo, Edcleide M.; Melo, Tomas J.A., E-mail: tomas@dema.ufcg.edu.b [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil); Ueki, Marcelo M. [Servico Nacional de Aprendizagem Industrial (SENAI/CIMATEC), Salvador, BA (Brazil). Centro Integrado de Manufatura e Tecnologia

    2009-07-01

    The aim of this work was the development of nano composites of polypropylene (PP) and national bentonite clay modified with different surfactants. The results of X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) showed that the organophilization process was effective. The surfactants led to a significant increase in the basal spacing of Brasgel PA clay. XRD results of the mixture PP/Brasgel PA clay modified with Praepagem WB surfactant indicated that a nanocomposite with intercalated structure was formed. When the Brasgel PA clay was modified with Praepagem HY surfactant, DRX results indicated that a micro composite was formed. Screw speed, clay content and PP viscosity had no influence on the XRD pattern of the obtained materials. (author)

  19. Effect of tocopherols incorporation on physical properties of LDPE,PP and blend film of LDPE/PP

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    ZHU Xuntao

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The objectives of this study were to investigate the effects of added tocopherols and blending of different polymers on the film physical properties.Tocopherols (3 000 mg/kg were incorporate into low density polyethylene (LDPE,polypropylene (PP and a blend film of LDPE/PP (50/50 by extrusion process.Then films were evaluated to determine tocopherol recovery and physical properties.Results showed that extrusion did not significantly change film thermal properties (Tm,Tc and Tg as compared with synthetic polymer resin pellet (raw material.LDPE and PP did not seem to react with each other to form new polymers under the current extrusion conditions.Addition of tocopherol significantly changed film mechanical properties compared with control.The above results and other data seemed to support that polymer blending is a feasible approach for producing tocopherol containing packaging films.

  20. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF SPHERICAL PP/PB ALLOYS WITH MgCl2-SUPPORTED ZIEGLER-NATTA CATALYST

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    Ai-hua He; Yang-wei Shi; Guo-qing Liu; Wei Yao; Bao-chen Huang

    2012-01-01

    Polypropylene (PP)/polybutene-1 (PB) alloys within reactor were prepared by MgCl2-supported Ziegler-Natta catalyst with sequential two-stage polymerization technology.First,propylene homo-polymerizations were carried out to form isotactic polypropylene (iPP) particles containing active catalyst.Then,butene-1 was subsequently polymerized to form polybutene-1 phase inside the iPP particles.Finally,iPP/PB alloys with spherical shape and adjustable PB content were synthesized.The catalytic activity and catalytic stereospecificity of the Z-N catalyst in the two-stage polymerization process are discussed.The composition and physical properties of the PP alloys were characterized by FT-IR,13C-NMR,SEM,DSC and XRD.It was found that the in-reactor PP alloys are mainly composed of PP and PB with a little amount of poly(buteneco-propylene) random copolymers and poly(butene-block-propylene) block copolymers.SEM measurements verified that the PB phases with size in the range of 300-400 nm dispersed in the PP matrix uniformly.The incorporation of PB upon the PP matrix affects the properties of final products greatly.

  1. Graphene Nanosheets and Shear Flow Induced Crystallization in Isotactic Polypropylene Nanocomposites

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    Z Xu; C Chen; Y Wang; H Tang; Z Li; B Hsiao

    2011-12-31

    Combined effects of graphene nanosheets (GNSs) and shear flow on the crystallization behavior of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) were investigated by in-situ synchrotron wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques. For crystallization under quiescent condition (at 145 C), the half-crystallization time (t{sub 1/2}) of nanocomposites containing 0.05 and 0.1 wt % GNSs was reduced to at least 50% compared to that of neat iPP, indicating the high nucleation ability of GNSs. The crystallization rate of iPP was directly proportional to the GNS content. Under a relatively weak shear flow (at a rate of 20 s{sup -1} for 5 s duration) and a low degree of supercooling, the neat iPP exhibited an isotropic structure due to the relaxation of row nuclei. However, visible antisotropic crystals appeared in sheared iPP/GNSs nanocomposites, indicating that GNSs induced a network structure hindering the mobility of iPP chains and allowing the survival of oriented row nuclei for a long period of time. The presence of GNSs clearly enhanced the effects of shear-induced nucleation as well as orientation of iPP crystals. Two kinds of nucleating origins coexisted in the sheared nanocomposite melt: heterogeneous nucleating sites initiated by GNSs and homogeneous nucleating sites (row nuclei) induced by shear. The difference of t{sub 1/2} of nanocomposites with and without shear was significantly larger than that of neat iPP. The presence of GNSs and shear flow exhibited a synergistic interaction on promoting crystallization kinetics of iPP, although the effect of GNS concentration was not apparent. From WAXD results of isothermal and nonisothermal crystallization of sheared iPP, it was found that the appearance of {beta}-crystals depended on the preservation of row nuclei, where the {alpha}-crystals were predominant in the iPP/GNSs nanocomposites, indicating that GNSs could directly induce {alpha}-crystals of iPP.

  2. Effects of Antioxidants on Photodegradation of Wood Flour/Polypropylene Composites during Artificial Weathering

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    Yao Peng

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The influence of antioxidants and of their compound systems were evaluated relative to the photodegradation of wood flour/polypropylene (WF/PP composites using ultraviolet accelerated weathering. Six groups of samples were exposed in an accelerated weathering tester for a total duration of 960 h. The surface color, gloss, and flexural properties of the samples during weathering were tested. In addition, the weathered surfaces were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, and thermogravimetric analysis (TG. The results revealed the following: (1 after weathering, all samples showed significant color fading and gloss change; (2 composites containing antioxidants showed less loss of flexural strength, fewer surface cracks, and better thermal stability after weathering than the control composite; (3 the crystallinity of polypropylene increased in weathered samples due to recrystallization of lower molecular weight polypropylene; and (4 antioxidant 168 (AO-168 was beneficial to color stability at the early stage of weathering, while composites containing 0.2% antioxidant 1010 (AO-1010 and 1.0% AO-168 (AO-1 maintained the highest retention ratios of flexural properties during weathering.

  3. TEXTURE AND CRYSTALLINITY EVOLUTION IN ISOTACTIC POLYPROPYLENE INDUCED BY ROLLING AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

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    Juan Jia; Dierk Raabe; Wei-min Mao

    2006-01-01

    The orientation and crystallinity evolution of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) induced by rolling were studied using wide angle X-ray scattering with an area detector. The tensile mechanical properties of rolled isotactic polypropylene sheets were also measured in this work. The texture component method was used to analyze the rolling texture. The rolling texture consists mainly of (010)[001], (130)[001] and [001]//RD fiber components in the sample with a rolling true strain of 1.5.The results reveal that crystallinity drastically decreases during rolling. It is suggested that amorphization is a deformation mechanism which takes place as an alternative to crystallographic intralamellar slip depending on the orientation of the lamellae. Both the orientation and crystallinity affect the tensile mechanical properties of rolled polypropylene. Crystallinity influences the elastic modulus on both directions and yield strength on transverse direction at the first stage of deformation.Orientation is the main reason for the changes of mechanical properties, especially at the latter part of deformation. The changes of both tensile strength and elongation percentage on rolling direction are larger than those on transverse direction,which results from the orientation. At last, the anisotropic mechanical properties occur on the rolling and transverse direction: high tensile strength with low elongation percentage on rolling direction and low tensile strength with high elongation percentage on transverse direction.

  4. Effects of MAPP Compatibilization and Acetylation Treatment Followed by Hydrothermal Aging on Polypropylene Alfa Fiber Composites

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    Noura Hamour

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This work investigates the effect of hydrothermal aging on the properties of polypropylene/alfa fiber composites. Hydrothermal aging was induced in an environmental testing chamber at 65°C and 75% relative humidity (RH over a 1000 h period. At the beginning (t=0 h, the results showed that Young’s moduli of the untreated alfa fibers and the acetylation-treated fibers increased by 21% and 36%, respectively, compared with the virgin polypropylene (PP. Additionally, Young’s moduli decreased by 7% for the compatibilized composites composed of maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (MAPP. After 1000 h of aging, Young’s moduli decreased by 36% for untreated alfa fibers and 29% for the acetylation-treated alfa fibers and the compatibilized composites. Significant degradation was observed in the untreated alfa fiber samples. The Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR allows us to distinguish the characteristic absorption bands of the main chemical functions present in the composite material before and after aging. The thermal properties showed that the thermal stability and the degree of crystallinity of the composites decreased after hydrothermal aging; this result was corroborated by the dynamical mechanical analysis (DMA results.

  5. EFFECT OF FINAL HEATING TEMPERATURE ON CRYSTALLIZATION OF ISOTACTIC POLYPROPYLENE NUCLEATED WITH AN ARYL AMIDE DERIVATIVE AS β-FORM NUCLEATING AGENT

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    Mu Dong; Ming-yin Jia; Zhao-xia Guo; Jian Yu

    2011-01-01

    An aryl dicarboxylic acid amide compound TMB-5 is an efficient β-form nucleating agent for isotactic polypropylene (iPP). Because of the solubility of TMB-5, superstructure and morphology of iPP crystals changed with melting conditions. Effects of final heating temperature (Tf) on heterogeneous nucleation of iPP/TMB-5 were investigated. It was discovered that the crystallization temperature increased with decreasing Tf value. The optical microscopic images indicated that when TMB-5 partially dissolved in iPP melt, the remaining (non-dissolved) TMB-5 facilitated the recrystallization of dissolved nucleating agent from the melt, which promoted crystallization. Complete solubility of nucleating agent caused the decreasing efficiency. TMB-5 recrystallized in the form of tiny needles, whose aggregates induced dendritic iPP crystals.

  6. Preparation of polypropylene/montmorillonite nanocomposites by intercalative polymerization: Effect of in situ polymer matrix functionalization on the stability of the nanocomposite structure

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    YANG KeFang; HUANG YingJuan; DONG JinYong

    2007-01-01

    The copolymerization of propylene and 5-hexenyl-9-borabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane (5-hexenyl-9-BBN) has been conducted with an MgCl2/TiCl4 catalyst intercalated in an organically modified montmorillonite (OMMT) with triethylaluminum (AlEt3) cocatalyst and diphenyldimethoxysilane (DDS) external donor. This polymerization process simultaneously results in both the exfoliation of MMT layers to realize the preparation of polypropylene (PP)/MMT nanocomposites and the implantation of reactive borane groups in the formed PP matrix. The polymer-borne borane groups have been able to undergo an efficient hydrolysis process under very mild reaction conditions (40℃, 3 h, in THF), introducing hydroxy groups into PP without sacrificing the polymerization-formed nanocomposite structure (the exfoliation of MMT). The resultant hydroxyl-functionalized PP/MMT nanocomposites exhibit enhanced structural stability against processing compared with those based on unfunctionalized PP matrix.

  7. Radiation-grafting of 4-vinylpyridine and N-isopropylacrylamide onto polypropylene to give novel pH and thermo-sensitive films

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    Melendez-Ortiz, H.I. [Departamento de Quimica de Radiaciones y Radioquimica, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico DF 04510 (Mexico); Bucio, E. [Departamento de Quimica de Radiaciones y Radioquimica, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico DF 04510 (Mexico)], E-mail: ebucio@nucleares.unam.mx; Burillo, G. [Departamento de Quimica de Radiaciones y Radioquimica, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico DF 04510 (Mexico)

    2009-01-15

    Here 4-vinylpyridine (4VP) was grafted onto polypropylene films (PP) by mutual irradiation method to give PP-g-4VP; N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) was then grafted onto the PP-g-4VP films to give (PP-g-4VP)-g-NIPAAm by pre-irradiation method, using a {sup 60}Co {gamma}-source. The dependence of grafting percentage on radiation dose, temperature, reaction time, and monomer concentration was studied. (PP-g-4VP)-g-NIPAAm films were characterized by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The critical pH point and lower critical solution temperature (LCST) were determined by swelling and water contact angle measurements. The LCST also was determined by DSC. The binary graft copolymer films are shown to be thermo-pH sensitive.

  8. Water desalination by air-gap membrane distillation using meltblown polypropylene nanofiber membrane

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    Rosalam, S.; Chiam, C. K.; Widyaparamitha, S.; Chang, Y. W.; Lee, C. A.

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents a study of air gap membrane distillation (AGMD) using meltblown polypropylene (PP) nanofiber membrane to produce fresh water via desalination process. PP nanofiber membranes with the effective area 0.17 m2 are tested with NaCl solutions (0.5 - 4.0 wt.%) and seawater as the feed solutions (9400 - 64800 μS/cm) in a tubular membrane module. Results show that the flux decreases with increasing the membrane thickness from 547 to 784 μm. The flux increases with the feed flow rate and temperature difference across the membrane. The feed concentration affects the flux insignificantly. The AGMD system can reject the salts at least 96%. Water vapor permeation rate is relatively higher than solute permeation rate resulting in the conductivity value of permeate decreases when the corresponding flux increases. The AGMD system produces the fresh water (200 - 1520 μS/cm) that is suitable for drinking, fisheries or irrigation.

  9. A model for plasma modification of polypropylene using atmospheric pressure discharges

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    Dorai, R

    2003-01-01

    Atmospheric pressure plasmas are commonly used to improve the wetting and adhesion properties of polymers. In spite of their use, the mechanisms for achieving these properties are unclear. In this regard, we report on a computational investigation of the gas phase and surface kinetics during humid-air corona treatment of polypropylene (PP) and the resulting modification of its surface properties while varying energy deposition, relative humidity (RH), web speed, and gas temperature. Using results from a global plasma chemistry model validated against experiments, we found that increasing energy deposition increased the densities of alcohol, carbonyl, acid, and peroxy radicals on the PP surface. In doing so, significant amounts of gas phase O sub 3 and N sub x O sub y are produced. Increasing the RH increased the production of peroxy and acid groups, while decreasing those of alcohol and carbonyl groups. Production of O sub 3 decreased while that of HNO sub 3 increased. Increasing the temperature decreased the...

  10. Psychophysically determining the maximum acceptable weight of lift for polypropylene laminated bags.

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    Chen, Yi-Lang; Ho, Ting-Kuang

    2016-12-07

    The objective of this study was to psychophysically determine the maximum acceptable weight of lift (MAWL) for polypropylene (PP) laminated bags. Twelve men were requested to decide their MAWLs under various task combinations involving 3 lifting ranges, 3 lifting frequencies, and 2 hand conditions. The results revealed that the MAWL was significantly affected by the frequency and range variables (all plifts. The results of multiple stepwise regression revealed that certain anthropometric data (e.g., chest circumference, wrist circumference, and acromial height) accounted for the percentage of variance for the determined MAWLs, ranging from 56.2% to 83.4%. These data can be obtained simply and quickly, and are considered the superior predictors for MAWL determination when handling PP laminated bags.

  11. Evaluation of Waste from Aluminum Industry as Filler in Polypropylene Composites

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    Samat, N.; Sabaruddin, F. A.; Meor Yusoff, M. S.; Dayang Habibah, A. I. H.

    2017-01-01

    White aluminum (Al) dross is the waste or by-product generated from the smelting of Al. Improper disposal of this waste will affect the sustainability of the environment. This study was aimed at investigating the feasibility of Al dross as a thermoplastic filler. Various content of Al dross (10-40 wt.%) was blended with polypropylene (PP) using an extruder. An improvement in thermal and flame resistance properties was evident, which was associated with the presence of aluminum hydroxide elements in Al dross as revealed from x-ray diffraction analysis. It was shown that the higher Al dross content in PP did cause the composites to possess high stiffness and low crystallinity. An advantage in wear properties further showed that the Al dross can be used as a filler for thermoplastics.

  12. Simultaneous immobilization of heparin and gentamicin on polypropylene textiles: a dual therapeutic activity.

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    Degoutin, Stéphanie; Jimenez, Maude; Chai, Feng; Pinalie, Thibaut; Bellayer, Severine; Vandenbossche, Marianne; Neut, Christel; Blanchemain, Nicolas; Martel, Bernard

    2014-11-01

    The aim of this work was to prepare a nonwoven polypropylene (PP) textile functionalized with bioactive molecules in order to improve simultaneously anticoagulation and antibacterial properties. The immobilization of either heparin (anticoagulation agent) or gentamicin (aminoglycoside class antibiotic) alone has already been proven to be effective on PP nonwoven textiles. In this work, we managed to go further, by immobilizing both heparin and gentamicin at the same time on one unique textile. A successive immersion in different heparin and gentamicin bathes successfully led to a dual drug coated textile, as confirmed by several characterization techniques (Fourier transform infrared-attenuated total reflectance, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy). The immobilization times were varied in order to determine the best compromise between cytocompatibility, anticoagulant effect, and antimicrobial activity. Short immersion times in gentamicin solutions confer very good antimicrobial activity to the textile and avoid cytotoxicity, whereas long immersion times in heparin solution were necessary to observe a significant anticoagulant effect.

  13. Evaluation of Waste from Aluminum Industry as Filler in Polypropylene Composites

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    Samat, N.; Sabaruddin, F. A.; Meor Yusoff, M. S.; Dayang Habibah, A. I. H.

    2017-04-01

    White aluminum (Al) dross is the waste or by-product generated from the smelting of Al. Improper disposal of this waste will affect the sustainability of the environment. This study was aimed at investigating the feasibility of Al dross as a thermoplastic filler. Various content of Al dross (10-40 wt.%) was blended with polypropylene (PP) using an extruder. An improvement in thermal and flame resistance properties was evident, which was associated with the presence of aluminum hydroxide elements in Al dross as revealed from x-ray diffraction analysis. It was shown that the higher Al dross content in PP did cause the composites to possess high stiffness and low crystallinity. An advantage in wear properties further showed that the Al dross can be used as a filler for thermoplastics.

  14. Noteworthy impacts of polyurethane-urea ionomers as the efficient polar coatings on adhesion strength of plasma treated polypropylene

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    Chashmejahanbin, Mohammad. R.; Daemi, Hamed; Barikani, Mehdi; Salimi, Ali

    2014-10-01

    In present research, polypropylene (PP) was selected as a model nonpolar substrate for chemical modification using plasma. In the first step, the PP samples were treated using oxygen and argon atmospheres, individually. The prepared samples were analyzed using both FTIR and AFM techniques. The output of these techniques revealed that the carbonyl, carboxylic acid and its derivatives have been formed on the surface of PP. Afterward, a series of aqueous polyurethane-urea dispersions were synthesized as the novel polar coating for modified nonpolar polymers and characterized by different techniques including FTIR, DSC, TGA, mechanical properties and contact angle. Finally, the plasma treated samples were coated by prepared polyurethane ionomer. The results of pull-off analysis confirmed the significant role of the polyurethane as an extremely polar coating to create hydrogen bonding with functional groups on the surface of treated PP. The adhesion strength of polypropylenes increased from 0.04 MPa to 0.61 MPa for neat and oxygen-based plasma treated samples, respectively.

  15. Mechanical properties, morphology and thermal degradation of a biocomposite of polypropylene and curaua fibers: coupling agent effect

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    Barbara Mano

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Biocomposites of polymers with vegetal fibers have a broad spectrum of applications due to their high specific properties in comparison to their counterparts made with fiberglass. Polypropylene, PP, composites with curaua fiber compatibilized with different concentrations of maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene, PP-g-MA, were characterized according to their mechanical properties, morphologies and thermal stabilities in oxidative and inert atmospheres. The composites were prepared by single screw extrusion and injection molded specimens were used for testing. The composite with 20 wt % of curaua fiber with and without compatibilizer presented improved mechanical properties compared to pure PP. The use of PP-g-MA as a compatibilizer significantly increased fiber/matrix adhesion, however, the mechanical properties were only slightly improved in comparison with composites without compatibilizer. We observed an improvement in thermal stability of the composites, compared to that expected from the weighted average of the individual components, both under inert and oxidative atmospheres. Furthermore, the thermal stability improved under inert atmosphere as a function of the concentration of compatibilizer. In this situation, indeed, there was a different shift of the weight loss processes owing to the presence of the compatibilizer.

  16. Scientific Opinion on the safety evaluation of the process “INTERSEROH Step 1” used to recycle polypropylene cratesfor use as food contact material

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    2012-10-01

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    The EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF provides a scientific opinion dealing with the safety evaluation of the recycling process “INTERSEROH Step 1” with the EC register number RECYC069. The process recycles pre-washed damaged food contact re-usable polypropylene crates (RPC which have been used in a closed and controlled product loop into new recycled polypropylene crates. Through this process, cleaned damaged crates are firstly ground into flakes, which are further blended with virgin polypropylene (PP or used up to 100% to manufacture new recycled crates. The Panel considered that repeated grinding and injection moulding of PP crates which is part of the recycling process, under conditions described by the applicant, is not of safety concern. The Panel concluded that the input of the process “INTERSEROH Step 1” originates from a product loop which is in a closed and controlled chain designed to ensure that only materials and articles which have been intended for food contact are used and that any contamination can be ruled out when run under the conditions described by the applicant. The recycling process “INTERSEROH Step 1” is therefore able to produce recycled PP suitable for manufacturing PP crates intended to be used in contact with whole fruits and vegetables as requested by the applicant.

  17. Electret Stability Related to Spherulites in Polypropylene

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    Thyssen, Anders; Almdal, Kristoffer; Thomsen, Erik Vilain

    2015-01-01

    Electret charge stability has been related to the size of the spherulites in polypropylene. As the size of the spherulites is decreased the stability is increased. This is seen for isothermal conditions at 90 °C and 120 °C as well as for 90 % relative humidity at 50 °C. The charge release...... temperature is also increased in thermally stimulated voltage discharge experiments as the size of the spherulites is decreased. The size of the spherulites is controlled though the cooling rate from polypropylenes liquid state....

  18. Development, structure and strength properties of PP/PMMA/FA blends

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    Navin Chand; S R Vashishtha

    2000-04-01

    A new type of flyash filled PP/PMMA blend has been developed. Structural and thermal properties of flyash (FA) filled polypropylene (PP)/polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) blend system have been determined and analysed. Filled polymer blends were developed on a single screw extruder. Strength and thermal properties of FA filled and unfilled PP/PMMA blends were determined. Addition of flyash imparted dimensional and thermal stability, which has been observed in scanning electron micrographs and in TGA plot. Increase of flyash concentration increased the initial degradation temperature of PP/PMMA blend. The increase of thermal stability has been explained based on increased mechanical interlocking of PP/PMMA chains inside the hollow structure of flyash.

  19. Effect of phosphorous-containing modified poly(vinyl alcohol on the mechanical and flame retardant properties of polypropylene

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    S. Sauca

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Blends of polypropylene (PP and different phosphorous-modified poly(vinyl alcohol (PVA derivatives synthesized on purpose, were prepared by both solvent and melt mixing, and fully characterized. Thermogravimetric analysis showed that the addition of the phosphorous-modified PVAs significantly increased thermal stability and charring of PP, probably due to their dehydration and the subsequent formation of a protective layer onto PP. SEM analysis demonstrated poor phase compatibility between PP and the polymeric additives, however acceptable dispersion of the polymeric additives was obtained. It was also observed that grafting of the modified PVA on PP occurred due to radical reactions arising during melt processing. Mechanical characterization showed that the elastic behavior of the blends was not altered with respect to neat PP, while ductility was reduced; on the other hand, impact resistance was considerably improved by blending. Slightly higher LOI values were obtained for the blends even with phosphorous content as small as 1 wt%; reduced dripping was also observed during the burning tests for the blend samples. Moreover, cone calorimeter test results showed that heat release rate, total heat release, and fire growth rate decreased compared with PP, in particular for the blends containing residual –OH groups on the PVA backbone. Therefore, these blends can find application where the combination of toughness and fire retardancy is required, such as in the automotive industry.

  20. STRUCTURAL EVOLUTION AND COMPOSITION CHANGE IN THE SURFACE REGION OF POLYPROPYLENE/CLAY NANOCOMPOSITES ANNEALED AT HIGH TEMPERATURES

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    Zhe Wang; Rong-jun Song; Xiao-hua Du; Xiao-yu Meng; Zhi-wei Jiang; Tao Tang

    2009-01-01

    A model experiment was done to clear the formation mechanism of protective layers during combustion of polypropylene (PP)/organically modified montmorillonite (OMMT) nanocomposites. The investigation was focused on the effects of annealing temperature on the structural changes and protective layer formation. The decomposition of OMMT and degradation of PP/OMMT nanocomposites were characterized by means of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The structural evolution and composition change in the surface region of PP/OMMT nanocomposites during heating were monitored by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ATR-FTIR and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The results showed that the formation of the carbonaceous silicate barrier in the surface region of PP/OMMT nanocomposites resulted from the following three processes: (1) The formation of strong acid sites on the MMT sheets, which could promote the degradation of PP and the carbonization of its degradation products; (2) The gases and gas bubbles formed by decomposition of the surfactant and degradation of PP, which pushed the molten sample to the surface; (3) The degradation of PP and the carbonization of the degradation products, which led to accumulation of MMT sheets tightly linked by the char in the surface region.

  1. Permanent hydrophilic modification of polypropylene and poly(vinyl alcohol) films by vacuum ultraviolet radiation

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    Belmonte, Guilherme Kretzmann [Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Avenida Bento Gonçalves 9500, 91501-970 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Charles, German [Centro de Química Aplicada (CEQUIMAP), Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Unversidad Nacional de Córdoba, Haya de la Torre y Medina Allende, Edificio de Ciencias II, Ciudad Universitaria, Córdoba 5000 (Argentina); Strumia, Miriam Cristina [Departamento de Química Orgánica, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, IPQA-Conicet, Haya de la Torre y Medina Allende, Edificio de Ciencias II, Ciudad Universitaria, Córdoba 5000 (Argentina); Weibel, Daniel Eduardo, E-mail: danielw@iq.ufrgs.br [Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Avenida Bento Gonçalves 9500, 91501-970 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)

    2016-09-30

    Highlights: • Polypropylene and Poly(vinyl alcohol) were surface modified by vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) irradiation. • The hydrophilicity of the treated films was permanent and resisted aging for several months. • Grafting of styrene monomer was only observed in the VUV irradiated regions. • The obtained results showed the potential in the use of VUV treatment for surface modification and processing of polymers which lack chromophores in the UV region. - Abstract: Polypropylene (PP) and Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) both synthetics polymers but one of them biodegradable, were surface modified by vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) irradiation. After VUV irradiation in an inert nitrogen atmosphere, the films were exposed to oxygen gas. The treated films were characterized by water contact angle measurements (WCA), optical profilometry, FTIR-ATR, XPS, UPS and NEXAFS techniques. PP and PVA VUV-treated films reached superhydrophilic conditions (WCAs <10°) in about 30 min of irradiation under our experimental conditions. It was observed that when the WCAs reached about 35–40° the hydrophilicity was permanent in both polymers. These results contrasted with typical plasma treatments were a rapid hydrophobic recovery with aging time is usually observed. UPS and XPS data showed the presence of new functionalities on the PP and PVA surfaces that were assigned to COO, C=O, C−O and C=C functional groups. Finally, grafting of styrene (ST) as a typical monomer was tested on PP films. It was confirmed that only in the VUV irradiated region an efficient grafting of ST or polymerized ST was found. Outside the irradiated regions no ST grafted was observed. Our results showed the potential use of VUV treatment for surface modification and processing of polymers which lack chromophores in the UV region.

  2. Extractables Screening of Polypropylene Resins used in Pharmaceutical Packaging for Safety Hazards.

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    Jenke, Dennis

    2017-05-15

    Pharmaceutical products are packaged in containers so that they can be manufactured, distributed and used. Because extractables from such containers are precursors of leachable impurities in the product, extractables represent potential hazards to user safety. Polypropylene resins are frequently used as materials of construction for packaging of liquid parenteral drug products. Thus extractables profiling of polypropylene resins may be an effective means of hazard identification associated with the resin's safe use. Twenty-one PP resins were extracted using aqueous and organic extraction solvents and the resulting extracts were screened for extractables using appropriate general chemistry, chromatographic and spectroscopic methodologies. The resulting extractables profiles were toxicologically reviewed by a defined process to identify potential hazards given a specified therapeutic application involving chronic use of a large volume aqueous parenteral drug product (LVP). The organic extractables profiles of individual PP resins were variable in terms of the individual extractable identified and their extracted levels, consistent with high variability in PP resin formulations and PP manufacturing. However, the profiles were similar in terms of the groups of extractable measured. Thus, for example, all the resins had extractables associated with antioxidants as all the resins contained antioxidants but the specific extractables for a given resin depended on the specific antioxidants present in that resin. Few of the targeted extractable elements were present in the extracts at measurable levels although most resins had measurable levels of extracted aluminum, silicon and alkali and alkaline earths. A worst case extractables profile (all the extractables measured in individual resins at their highest levels) was toxicologically reviewed considering an aqueous large volume parenteral (LVP) drug product. This review established certain extractables as potential hazards

  3. Non-Isothermal Crystallization of PP/HGB Composites%PP/空心玻璃微珠复合材料非等温结晶研究

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    李军伟; 赵巍; 李勇

    2012-01-01

    采用熔融共混挤出的方法,制备了聚丙烯(PP)/空心玻璃微珠(HGB)复合材料,用差示扫描量热法研究了PP和PP/HGB复合材料的非等温结晶过程,并通过Jeziorny和莫志深方程研究了非等温结晶动力学.结果表明,随降温速率的增大,PP和PP/HGB复合材料的结晶峰温和结晶度降低,结晶速率增大;HGB的加入降低了PP的结晶速率.%The polypropylene/hollow glass beads (PP/HGB) composites were prepared by a melt-extrusion method, and the non-isothermal crystallization behavior of pure PP and PP/ HGB composites was characterized via a differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of the samples were discussed by Jeziorny and Mo equations, respectively. The results show that with increasing of the cooling rate, the crystallization temperature and crystallinity of PP and PP/HGB composites decrease, while the crystallization rate increases. However, HGB reduces the crystallization rate of PP.

  4. 盆底重建术后阴道聚丙烯网片暴露对患者生命质量的影响%Impact of vaginal mesh exposure on quality of life in patients undergoing transvaginal reconstructive pelvic surgery with polypropylene mesh

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    张迎辉; 鲁永鲜; 刘昕; 沈文洁; 刘静霞

    2012-01-01

    Objective To study the impact of vaginal mesh exposure on quality of life in patients undergoing transvaginal reconstructive pelvic surgery (RPS) with polypropylene mesh.Methods From May 2004 to March 2011,114 patients with severe pelvic organ prolapse(POP) undergoing transvaginal RPS with polypropylene mesh were enrolled in this study,which were divided into exposure and non-exposure group according to appearing vaginal mesh exposure at 2 months,6 months and 1 year after operation.At the same time,pelvic floor distress inventory short form 20 ( PFD1-20 ) and pelvic floor impact questionnaire short form 7 ( PFIQ-7 ) were completed in those patients.Results At 2 months after operation,96 patients were followed up,including 19 patients in exposure group and 77 patients in non-exposure group,and the rate of exposure was 19.8c (19/96); At 6 months after operation,85 patients were followed up,including 13 patients in exposure group and 72 patients in non-exposure group,and the rate of exposure was 15.3%( 13/85 ) ; At 1 vear after operation,77 patients were followed up,including 6 patients in exposure group and 71 patients in non-exposure group,and the rate of exposure was 7.8% (6/77).Mean score of PFDI-20 and PFIQ-7 in exposure group before operation was 39.6 and 57.1,which was statistically improved to 8.3 and 9.5 at 2 months after operation,8.3 and 9.5 at 6 months after operation,2.1 and 0 in I year after operation (P <0.01 ). Mean score of PFDI-20 and PFIQ-7 of non-exposure group before operation was 54.2 and 66.7,which was improved to 8.3 and 4.8 at 2 months after operation,0 at 6 months and 1 vear after operation,but there was no significant difference in mean score of PFDI-20 and PFIQ-7 between the two groups (P > 0.05 ).Conclusion Vaginal mesh exposure was common after transvaginal RPS with polypropylene mesh,however,most of them were moderate,and there was no significant impact on patients'qualifies of life.%目的 探讨盆底重建术后阴道聚丙

  5. Influence of electron beam Irradiation on PP/Piassava fiber composite prepared by melt extrusion process

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    Gomes, Michelle G.; Ferreira, Maiara S.; Oliveira, Rene R.; Silva, Valquiria A.; Teixeira, Jaciele G.; Moura, Esperidiana A.B., E-mail: michellegoncalvesgomes@gmail.com [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    In the latest years, the interest for the use of natural fibers in materials composites polymeric has increased significantly due to their environmental and technological advantages. Piassava fibers (Attalea funifera) have been used as reinforcement in the matrix of thermoplastic and thermoset polymers. In the present work (20%, in mass), piassava fibers with particle sizes equal or smaller than 250 μm were incorporated in the polypropylene matrix (PP) no irradiated and polypropylene matrix containing 10 % and 30 % of polypropylene treated by electron-beam radiation at 40 kGy (PP/PPi/Piassava). The composites PP/Piassava and PP/PPi/Piassava were prepared by using a twin screw extruder, followed by injection molding. The composite material samples obtained were treated by electron-beam radiation at 40 kGy, using a 1.5 MeV electron beam accelerator, at room temperature, in presence of air. After irradiation treatment, the irradiated and non-irradiated specimens tests samples were submitted to thermo-mechanical tests, melt flow index (MFI), sol-gel analysis, X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). (author)

  6. Construction of amphiphilic segments on polypropylene nonwoven surface and its application in removal of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) from aqueous solution

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    Liu, Kai [State Key Laboratory of Hollow Fiber Membrane Materials and Processes, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China); School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China); Wei, Junfu, E-mail: junfuwei1963@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Hollow Fiber Membrane Materials and Processes, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China); School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China); Zhou, Xiangyu [State Key Laboratory of Hollow Fiber Membrane Materials and Processes, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China); School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China); Liu, Nana [State Key Laboratory of Hollow Fiber Membrane Materials and Processes, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China); School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300160 (China)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • The amphiphilic segments on polypropylene nonwoven surface were constructed successfully. • The adsorption behavior for EDCs of the amphiphilic adsorption materials was systematically studied. • The novel amphiphilic adsorption materials have broad application prospects in EDCs removal from aqueous solution. - Abstract: The amphiphilic segments on polypropylene nonwoven (PP nonwoven) surface were constructed using the ultraviolet (UV) irradiation graft polymerization for the removal of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) with different polarity from aqueous solution. The stearyl acrylate (SA) as hydrophobic functional monomer was introduced onto the surface of PP nonwoven fabric at first stage and then the hydroxyethyl acrylate (HEA) as hydrophilic functional monomer was introduced subsequently. The effect of functional monomer concentration and UV irradiation time on grafting ratio was studied and discussed. The novel amphiphilic structure was designed and constructed based on adsorption capacity for the target micropollutants. The structure and composition of the amphiphilic adsorption materials were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and contact angle (CA). The adsorption behaviors for EDCs of the amphiphilic adsorption materials were studied and the results indicated that the adsorption capacity and adsorption rate were superior to single SA grafted PP nonwoven (PP-g-SA) and single HEA grafted PP nonwoven (PP-g-HEA). The novel amphiphilic adsorption material was efficient for the removal of EDCs with different polarity and could be utilized as a potential adsorption material for removing EDCs from aqueous solution.

  7. Direct Forming of All-Polypropylene Composites Products from Fabrics made of Co-Extruded Tapes

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    Alcock, B.; Cabrera, N. O.; Barkoula, N. M.; Peijs, T.

    2009-04-01

    Many technologies presented in literature for the forming of self-reinforced or all-polymer composites are based on manufacturing processes involving thermoforming of pre-consolidated sheets. This paper describes novel direct forming routes to manufacture simple geometries of self-reinforced, all-polypropylene (all-PP) composites, by moulding fabrics of woven co-extruded polypropylene tapes directly into composite products, without the need for pre-consolidated sheet. High strength co-extruded PP tapes have potential processing advantages over mono-extruded fibres or tapes as they allow for a larger temperature processing window for consolidation. This enlarged temperature processing window makes direct forming routes feasible, without the need for an intermediate pre-consolidated sheet product. Thermoforming studies show that direct forming is an interesting alternative to stamping of pre-consolidated sheets, as it eliminates an expensive belt-pressing step which is normally needed for the manufacturing of semi-finished sheets products. Moreover, results from forming studies shows that only half the energy was required to directly form a simple dome geometry from a stack of fabrics compared to stamping the same shape from a pre-consolidated sheet.

  8. Separation of maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene using multidimensional high-temperature liquid chromatography.

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    Prabhu, K N; Macko, T; Brüll, R; Remerie, K; Tacx, J; Garg, P; Ginzburg, A

    2016-04-01

    Functionalization addresses a property gap of polyolefins and opens new perspectives due to improved surface properties in applications like composites (e.g., glass fiber reinforced polypropylene) and anti-corrosive coatings for metals. Various techniques have been developed to characterize functionalized polyolefins, yet no analytical approach addressing their chemical heterogeneity exists. Using High Temperature Size Exclusion Chromatography (HT-SEC) coupled to infrared spectroscopy we could show for two model samples of polypropylene grafted maleic anhydride (PP-g-MA), differing in their nominal MA content, that the grafting density increases with decreasing molar mass. Crystallization Analysis Fractionation (CRYSTAF) does not enable to separate these samples according to their composition to the extent required. Yet, when using High Temperature High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HT-HPLC), with either silica gel or Mica as stationary phase and a gradient mobile phase, a deformulation into a grafted and a non-grafted fraction could be achieved. This was confirmed by analyzing the eluted fractions by infrared spectroscopy. Hyphenating the separation according to composition with a separation according to molar mass (HT-HPLC x HT-SEC) enabled for the first time to reveal the bivariate distribution of PP-g-MA with regard to the molar mass and composition. Using on-line infrared detection quantitative information on the compositional and molar mass parameters of the individual fractions could be obtained.

  9. Influence of surface-modified Ti02 nanoparticles on fracture behavior of injection molded polypropylene

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    Hui ZHANG; Zhong ZHANG; Hyung-Woo PARK; Xing ZHU

    2008-01-01

    We prepared surface-modified TiO2 nanopar-ticle (21 nm)/polypropylene nanocomposites using a twin-screw extruder and an injection molding machine. The TEM (transmission electron microscopy) and SEM (scan-ning electron microscopy) images showed homogeneous dispersion of nano-TiO2 at 1 vol.% filler content and weak nanoparticle matrix interfacial adhesion. It was found that the essential work of fracture (EWF) approach, usu-ally characterizing fracture toughness of ductile materials, was no longer applicable to the nanocomposite samples because of the extreme crack blunting and tearing pro-cesses observed in the EWF tests. As an alternative approach, the specific essential work-related yield was used for assessment of the plane-strain toughness, as sug-gested in the literature. The results indicated'that the addition of 1 vol.% nano-TiO2 did not toughen the poly-propylene (PP) matrix at all. On the other hand, it was observed from the EWF tensile curves that the nanopar-ticles enhanced the ductility of the PP matrix greatly, the reason of which was probably ascribed to the high level of molecular orientation of the injection molded samples, as revealed by the polarized optical microscopy (POM). Because of the highly ductile behavior induced by the nanoparticles, the fracture energy achieved two- to three-fold increase, depending on the ligament lengths of the samples. The difference between the toughness and ductility of nanocomposites was discussed.

  10. The Effect of Multiple Extrusions on the Properties of Montmorillonite Filled Polypropylene

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    Laurens Delva

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposites have attracted a great deal of interest during recent years. Much research has been conducted towards the incorporation of clay particles in a polypropylene matrix. However, the effect of extrusion reprocessing on the material properties has not been studied in depth. In this study, composites of polypropylene (PP reinforced with organic modified montmorillonite (MMT (4 wt% and coupling agent were subjected to 15 extrusion cycles. The materials were characterized by melt flow index (MFI, plate-plate rheometry, tensile testing and impact measurements, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The results showed an improved intercalation of the MMT clay in the first few extrusions, thus improving the mechanical properties. Increasing the processing steps furthermore lead to a decrease in elastic modulus and impact strength, which was attributed to a reduction in matrix-filler interaction, most probably caused by organoclay degradation as shown by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. The results of this study provide a useful insight in either the recycling of PP/MMT waste streams or the use of clay particles as a strengthening filler agent in the recycling process of different polymer waste streams.

  11. Surface functionalisation of polypropylene hernia-repair meshes by RF-activated plasma polymerisation of acrylic acid and silver nanoparticles

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    Nisticò, Roberto, E-mail: roberto.nistico@unito.it [University of Torino, Department of Chemistry and NIS Research Centre, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy); Rosellini, Andrea [University of Torino, Department of Chemistry and NIS Research Centre, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy); Rivolo, Paola [Politecnico di Torino, Dipartimento di Scienza Applicata e Tecnologia, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino (Italy); Faga, Maria Giulia [CNR-IMAMOTER, Strada delle Cacce 73, 10135 Torino (Italy); Lamberti, Roberta; Martorana, Selanna [Herniamesh S.r.l., Via F.lli Meliga 1/C, 10034 Chivasso (Italy); Castellino, Micaela [Center for Space Human Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, 10129 Torino (Italy); Virga, Alessandro; Mandracci, Pietro [Politecnico di Torino, Dipartimento di Scienza Applicata e Tecnologia, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino (Italy); Malandrino, Mery; Magnacca, Giuliana [University of Torino, Department of Chemistry and NIS Research Centre, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy)

    2015-02-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Polypropylene meshes for hernioplasty were surface functionalised via plasma-polymerisation to confer adhesive properties. • Subsequently, silver nanoparticles were loaded to add antibacterial activity. • Materials were physico-chemical characterised and adhesive properties evaluated. - Abstract: Hernia diseases are among the most common and diffuse causes of surgical interventions. Unfortunately, still nowadays there are different phenomena which can cause the hernioplasty failure, for instance post-operative prostheses displacements and proliferation of bacteria in the surgical site. In order to limit these problems, commercial polypropylene (PP) and polypropylene/Teflon (PP/PTFE) bi-material meshes were surface functionalised to confer adhesive properties (and therefore reduce undesired displacements) using polyacrylic acid synthesized by plasma polymerisation (PPAA). A broad physico-chemical and morphological characterisation was carried out and adhesion properties were investigated by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) used in force/distance (F/D) mode. Once biomedical devices surface was functionalised by PPAA coating, metallic silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with antimicrobial properties were synthesised and loaded onto the polymeric prostheses. The effect of the PPAA, containing carboxylic functionalities, adhesive coating towards AgNPs loading capacity was verified by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Preliminary measurement of the Ag loaded amount and release in water were also investigated via inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES). Promising results were obtained for the functionalised biomaterials, encouraging future in vitro and in vivo tests.

  12. Comparative Study on Mechanical Properties between Pure and Recycled Polypropylenes

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    Ariadne L. Juwono

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Polypropylene (PP is one type of thermoplastics that is widely used in our daily activities. A combination of the high demand and the easiness of recycling process, the recycled PP has been generally applied. In this study, the structure and the mechanical properties of the as-received PPs, recycled PPs, and commercial recycled PPs were compared, especially for cloth hanger application. DSC test results showed that recycling process did not cause a significant change to the material's melting point, which stayed in a range of 160-163 oC. Meanwhile, FTIR test results showed that the commercial recycled PPs contained of Polyethylene (PE, which was not found in the as-received and the recycled PPs. Tensile and hardness tests demonstrated that there were no significant differences between the as-received and recycled PPs. In contrast, tensile test results of the commercial recycled PPs showed that the tensile strength, Young modulus and strain-at-break were lower than those of the as-received PPs by 22.1%, 8.1% and 65.7% respectively. The hardness test results of the commercial recycled PPs showed that the recycling process had a little effect on the material's hardness. These facts were supported by SEM observation on the surface that the contour of the commercial recycled PPs was relatively flatter and had smaller grain size than those of the as-received PPs. This indicated that the commercial recycled PPs were more brittle compared to the recycled PPs. To conclude, the recycled PPs have similar properties to the as-received PPs so that recycled PPs are suitable to be applied as cloth hanger application.

  13. Modifying the poly ether ester antistatic agent by carbon nanotubes,the antistatic effect on polypropylene fibers

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    LI Chensha; LI Zhi; ZHANG Baoyou; LU Weizhe; TANG Yaping; FANG Gang; HU Xiaoqing; LIANG Ji

    2004-01-01

    A new antistatic fiber is investigated using carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to enhance the antistatic ability of polymer fibers based on the mechanism of the discharging process of polarity macromolecule. Composite antistatic agent (CAA), prepared by dispersing CNTs in an organic antistatic agent carrier containing metallic ions in their main chains, is cospun with polypropylene (PP) to prepare CAA/PP fibers. It is indicated through analyzing the measured dynamic tribo-electrostatic voltages that CNTs can promote the discharging process of polarity macromolecule of antistatic agent carrier and further improve the antistatic ability of PP fibers. It is also indicated that the antistatic effect promoted by CNTs is better than that by conductive carbon black. Moreover, the antistatic effects of the CNTs treated by different methods are also compared.

  14. Surface Observation and Pore Size Analyses of Polypropylene/Low-Melting Point Polyester Filter Materials: Influences of Heat Treatment

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    Lin Jia-Horng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This study proposes making filter materials with polypropylene (PP and low-melting point (LPET fibers. The influences of temperatures and times of heat treatment on the morphology of thermal bonding points and average pore size of the PP/LPET filter materials. The test results indicate that the morphology of thermal bonding points is highly correlated with the average pore size. When the temperature of heat treatment is increased, the fibers are joined first with the thermal bonding points, and then with the large thermal bonding areas, thereby decreasing the average pore size of the PP/LPET filter materials. A heat treatment of 110 °C for 60 seconds can decrease the pore size from 39.6 μm to 12.0 μm.

  15. Polypropylene-based composite mesh versus standard polypropylene mesh in the reconstruction of complicated large abdominal wall hernias: a prospective randomized study.

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    Kassem, M I; El-Haddad, H M

    2016-10-01

    To compare polypropylene mesh positioned onlay supported by omentum and/or peritoneum versus inlay implantation of polypropylene-based composite mesh in patients with complicated wide-defect ventral hernias. This was a prospective randomized study carried out on 60 patients presenting with complicated large ventral hernia in the period from January 2012 to January 2016 in the department of Gastrointestinal Surgery unit and Surgical Emergency of the Main Alexandria University Hospital, Egypt. Large hernia had an abdominal wall defect that could not be closed. Patients were divided into two groups of 30 patients according to the type of mesh used to deal with the large abdominal wall defect. The study included 38 women (63.3 %) and 22 men (37.7 %); their mean age was 46.5 years (range, 25-70). Complicated incisional hernia was the commonest presentation (56.7 %).The operative and mesh fixation times were longer in the polypropylene group. Seven wound infections and two recurrences were encountered in the propylene group. Mean follow-up was 28.7 months (2-48 months). Composite mesh provided, in one session, satisfactory results in patients with complicated large ventral hernia. The procedure is safe and effective in lowering operative time with a trend of low wound complication and recurrence rates.

  16. Cyclic viscoelastoplasticity of polypropylene/nanoclay composites

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    Drozdov, A.; Christiansen, Jesper de Claville

    2012-01-01

    Observations are reported on isotactic polypropylene/organically modified nanoclay hybrids with concentrations of filler ranging from 0 to 5 wt.% in cyclic tensile tests with a stress–controlled program (oscillations between various maximum stresses and the zero minimum stress). A pronounced effect...

  17. Fabrication of borassus fruit lignocellulose fiber/PP composites and comparison with jute, sisal and coir fibers.

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    Sudhakara, P; Jagadeesh, Dani; Wang, YiQi; Prasad, C Venkata; Devi, A P Kamala; Balakrishnan, G; Kim, B S; Song, J I

    2013-10-15

    Novel composites based on borassus fruit fine fiber (BFF) and polypropylene (PP) were fabricated with variable fiber composition (5, 10, 15 and 20 wt%) by injection molding. Maleated PP (MAPP) was also used as compatibilizer at 5 wt% for effective fiber-matrix adhesion. FTIR analysis confirms the evidence of a chemical bonding between the fiber and polymeric matrix through esterification in presence of MAPP. The tensile and flexural properties were found to increase with 15 and 10 wt% fiber loadings respectively, and decreased thereafter. Coir, jute and sisal fiber composites were also fabricated with 15 wt% fiber loading under the same conditions as used for BFF/PP composites. It was found that the mechanical properties of BFF (15 wt%)/PP composites were equivalent to jute/PP, sisal/PP and superior to coir/PP composites. Jute/PP and sisal/PP composites showed higher water absorption than BFF/PP and coir/PP composites. These results have demonstrated that the BFF/PP composites can also be an alternative material for composites applications. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Mapping physicochemical surface modifications of flame-treated polypropylene

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    S. Farris

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to investigate how the surface morphology of polypropylene (PP is influenced by the surface activation mediated by a flame obtained using a mixture of air and propane under fuel-lean (equivalence ratio φ = 0.98 conditions. Morphological changes observed on flamed samples with smooth (S, medium (M, and high (H degree of surface roughness were attributed to the combined effect of a chemical mechanism (agglomeration and ordering of partially oxidized intermediate-molecular-weight material with a physical mechanism (flattening of the original roughness by the flame’s high temperature. After two treatments, the different behavior of the samples in terms of wettability was totally reset, which made an impressive surface energy of ~43 mJ•m–2 possible, which is typical of more hydrophilic polymers (e.g., polyethylene terephthalate – PET. In particular, the polar component was increased from 1.21, 0.08, and 0.32 mJ•m–2 (untreated samples to 10.95, 11.20, and 11.17 mJ•m–2 for the flamed samples S, M, and H, respectively, an increase attributed to the insertion of polar functional groups (hydroxyl and carbonyl on the C–C backbone, as demonstrated by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results.

  19. Analysis of antioxidants extracted from polypropylene by supercritical fluid extraction.

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    Garde, J A; Catalá, R; Gavara, R

    1998-01-01

    Maximal potential migration of six antioxidants (AO) from five polypropylene (PP) formulations was determined by two supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) procedures, both of which contained static and dynamic steps. All analytical conditions affecting the extraction were studied and optimized using Irgafos 168 as standard. SFE was more efficient as temperature and fluid density increased. During the static step in which the samples were exposed to the fluid without flux, the introduction of hexane and methanol as fluid modifiers significantly improved the extraction. Hexane appears to facilitate polymer swelling while methanol solvates the antioxidants. In the dynamic step (in which the extraction actually occurs) time is the key parameter. Extraction for 90 min results in an efficiency of around 75%. The introduction of modifiers during this step (by an HPLC-SFE procedure) did not produce any significant improvement. When SFE was carried out on all samples, extraction efficiency was around 75% except for Irganox 1010 and Hostanox O3. The large molecular volume of these antioxidants may be responsible for the considerable reduction of extraction efficiency. Particle size and shape of polymer sample were also important. The greater the surface to volume ratio the greater the extraction efficiency.

  20. Preparation and rebinding properties of protein-imprinted polysiloxane using mesoporous calcium silicate grafted non-woven polypropylene as matrix.

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    Kan, Bohong; Feng, Lingzhi; Zhao, Kongyin; Wei, Junfu; Zhu, Dunwan; Zhang, Linhua; Ren, Qian

    2016-03-01

    Calcium silicate particle containing mesoporous SiO2 (CaSiO3@SiO2) was grafted on the surface of non-woven polypropylene. The PP non-woven grafted calcium silicate containing mesoporous SiO2 (PP-g-CaSiO3@SiO2) was used as the matrix to prepare bovine serum albumin (BSA) molecularly imprinted polysiloxane (MIP) by using silanes as the functional monomers and BSA as the template. PP non-woven grafted BSA-imprinted polysiloxane (PP-g-CaSiO3@SiO2 MIP) was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectometry (FTIR) and drilling string compensator (DSC). Influence factors on the rebinding capacity of the MIP were investigated, such as grafting degree, the pH in treating CaSiO3 and the type and proportion of silanes. The rebinding properties of BSA on PP-g-CaSiO3@SiO2 and MIP were investigated under different conditions. The results indicated that the rebinding capacity of MIP for BSA reached 56.32 mg/g, which was 2.65 times of NIP. The non-woven polypropylene grafted BSA-imprinted polysiloxane could recognize the template protein and the selectivity factor (β) was above 2.4 when using ovalbumin, hemoglobin and γ-globulin as control proteins. The PP-g-CaSiO3@SiO2 MIP has favorable reusability. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  1. Permanent hydrophilic modification of polypropylene and poly(vinyl alcohol) films by vacuum ultraviolet radiation

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    Belmonte, Guilherme Kretzmann; Charles, German; Strumia, Miriam Cristina; Weibel, Daniel Eduardo

    2016-09-01

    Polypropylene (PP) and Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) both synthetics polymers but one of them biodegradable, were surface modified by vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) irradiation. After VUV irradiation in an inert nitrogen atmosphere, the films were exposed to oxygen gas. The treated films were characterized by water contact angle measurements (WCA), optical profilometry, FTIR-ATR, XPS, UPS and NEXAFS techniques. PP and PVA VUV-treated films reached superhydrophilic conditions (WCAs plasma treatments were a rapid hydrophobic recovery with aging time is usually observed. UPS and XPS data showed the presence of new functionalities on the PP and PVA surfaces that were assigned to COO, Cdbnd O, Csbnd O and Cdbnd C functional groups. Finally, grafting of styrene (ST) as a typical monomer was tested on PP films. It was confirmed that only in the VUV irradiated region an efficient grafting of ST or polymerized ST was found. Outside the irradiated regions no ST grafted was observed. Our results showed the potential use of VUV treatment for surface modification and processing of polymers which lack chromophores in the UV region.

  2. Surface modification of polypropylene nonwoven fabrics via covalent immobilization of nonionic sugar-based surfactants

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    Xin, Zhirong, E-mail: xinzhirong2012@126.com; Yan, Shunjie; Ding, Jiaotong; Yang, Zongfeng; Du, Binbin; Du, Shanshan

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Amphiphilic N-alkyl-1-amino-1-deoxy-D-glucitol were prepared. • The pGMA-grafted membranes were obtained via photo-grafting of glycidyl methacrylate. • Amphiphilic C{sub n}AG were covalent immobilized onto the pGMA-grafted membranes. • The C{sub n}AG-grafted membranes obviously suppressed protein adsorption and platelet adhesion. - Abstract: Amphiphilic N-alkyl-1-amino-1-deoxy-D-glucitol (C{sub n}AG, n = 8, 12) were successfully prepared. Polypropylene nonwoven fabrics (PP{sub NWF}) were grafted with glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) via a technique of UV-induced graft polymerization combined with plasma pre-treatment, and then PP{sub NWF}-g-GMA was used for the covalent immobilization of C{sub n}AG. The surface graft polymerization was confirmed by ATR-FTIR and XPS, respectively. Effect of grafting parameters, e.g., acetone content, monomer concentration and UV irradiation time on the grafting density of GMA was investigated. And the hemocompatibility of the modified PP{sub NWF} was evaluated by protein adsorption and platelet adhesion. It was founded that the C{sub n}AG-modified substrates greatly suppressed protein adsorption and platelet adhesion compared with the native and pGMA-grafted PP{sub NWF}.

  3. Influence of injection temperatures and fiberglass compositions on mechanical properties of polypropylene

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    Keey, Tony Tiew Chun; Azuddin, M.

    2017-06-01

    Injection molding process appears to be one of the most suitable mass and cost efficiency manufacturing processes for polymeric parts nowadays due to its high efficiency of large scale production. When down-scaling the products and components, the limits of conventional injection molding process are reached. These constraints had initiated the development of conventional injection molding process into a new era of micro injection molding technology. In this study, fiberglass reinforced polypropylenes (PP) with various glass fiber percentage materials were used. The study start with fabrication of micro tensile specimens at three different injection temperature, 260°C, 270°C and 280°C for different percentage by weight of fiberglass reinforced PP. Then evaluate the effects of various injection temperatures on the tensile properties of micro tensile specimens. Different percentage by weight of fiberglass reinforced PP were tested as well and it was found that 20% fiberglass reinforced PP possessed the greatest percentage increase of tensile strength with increasing temperatures.

  4. Co-pyrolysis of rice straw and polypropylene using fixed-bed pyrolyzer

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    Izzatie, N. I.; Basha, M. H.; Uemura, Y.; Mazlan, M. A.; Hashim, M. S. M.; Amin, N. A. M.; Hamid, M. F.

    2016-11-01

    The present work encompasses the impact of temperature (450, 500, 550, 600 °C) on the properties of pyrolysis oil and on other product yield for the co-pyrolysis of Polypropylene (PP) plastics and rice straw. Co-pyrolysis of PP plastic and rice straw were conducted in a fixed-bed drop type pyrolyzer under an inert condition to attain maximum oil yield. Physically, the pyrolysis oil is dark-brown in colour with free flowing and has a strong acrid smell. Copyrolysis between these typically obtained in maximum pyrolysis oil yields up to 69% by ratio 1:1 at a maximum temperature of 550 °C. From the maximum yield of pyrolysis oil, characterization of pyrolysis product and effect of biomass type of the composition were evaluated. Pyrolysis oil contains a high water content of 66.137 wt.%. Furfural, 2- methylnaphthalene, tetrahydrofuran (THF), toluene and acetaldehyde were the major organic compounds found in pyrolysis oil of rice straw mixed with PP. Bio-char collected from co-pyrolysis of rice straw mixed with PP plastic has high calorific value of 21.190 kJ/g and also carbon content with 59.02 wt.% and could contribute to high heating value. The non-condensable gases consist of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and methane as the major gas components.

  5. Influence of electron beam irradiation on mechanical and thermal properties of polypropylene/polyamide blend

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    Nakamura, Shigeya, E-mail: shi-nakamura@hitachi-chem.co.jp [Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd., 1150 Goshomiya, Chikusei, Ibaraki 308-8524, Japan and Department of Materials Science, School of Engineering, The University of Shiga Prefecture, 2500 Hassaka-cho, Hikone, 522-8533, Shiga (Japan); Tokumitsu, Katsuhisa [Department of Materials Science, School of Engineering, The University of Shiga Prefecture, 2500 Hassaka-cho, Hikone, 522-8533, Shiga (Japan)

    2014-05-15

    The effects of electron beam irradiation on the mechanical and thermal properties of polypropylene (PP) and polyamide6 (PA6) blends-with talc 20 wt% as filler, SEBS-g-MAH as compatibilizer, and triallyl isocyanurate as crosslinking agent-were investigated. Although the tensile and flexural moduli and strengths of the PP/PA6 blends with talc, SEBS-g-MAH, and TAIC could be increased by the application of electron beam irradiation, the impact strength was decreased. Ddifferential scanning calorimetryer measurements showed that the melting temperatures of all PP/PA6 blends were decreased with increases in the electron beam irradiationdose. From dynamic mechanical analyzer results, a storage modulus curve in the plateau region was observed only in the PP/PA6 blends with talc, SEBS-g-MAH, and TAIC; the storage modulus increased with increasing electron beam irradiation dose, indicating that the three-dimensional network developed gradually in the more amorphous PA6. As a result, the most significant improvement observed in heat distortion tests under high load (1.8 MPa) occurred at 200 kGy.

  6. Effects of Soybean Oil Modified Cellulose Fibril and Organosilane Modified Cellulose Fibril on Crystallization of Polypropylene

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    Sarit Thanomchat

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Soybean oil modified cellulose fibril (Oil-g-CF and organosilane modified cellulose fibril (Silane-g-CF were prepared using maleinized soybean oil and hexadecyltrimethoxysilane, respectively. Thus obtained modified cellulose fibril was added to polypropylene by a simple melt mixing on a hotplate. PP/modified CF composites with 4.0 wt% filler content were prepared. The composites were subject to a polarized optical microscope to investigate particle dispersion, supramolecular morphology, and crystallization behavior. It was found that Silane-g-CF exhibited smaller particle sizes with better particle distribution when compared to Oil-g-CF. In addition, the etched composite samples unveiled an increase in a number of spherulite crystals as well as a decrease in the spherulite size. The nonisothermal crystallization study of composites revealed that both Oil-g-CF and Silane-g-CF were capable of nucleating PP by facilitating faster crystallization process and raising the number of spherulites. The DSC results indicated that Silane-g-CF was able to perform a more effective nucleation than Oil-g-CF, judged by a higher crystallization temperature. Moreover, PP composites containing Oil-g-CF and Silane-g-CF had higher crystallinity by 7% and 10%, for the first and the latter, respectively, when compared to neat PP.

  7. Effect of plasma etching on destructive adsorption properties of polypropylene fibers containing magnesium oxide nanoparticles.

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    Lange, Laura E; Obendorf, S Kay

    2012-02-01

    Dermal absorption of pesticides poses a danger for agricultural workers. Use of personal protection equipment (PPE) is required to provide protection; some of the current PPE involves impermeable barriers. In these barrier materials, the same mechanism that prevents the penetration of toxic chemicals also blocks the passage of water vapor and air from flowing through the material, making the garments uncomfortable. Fibers that degrade organophosphate pesticides, such as methyl parathion, were developed by incorporating metal oxides. These modified fibers can be incorporated into conventional fabric structures that allow water vapor to pass through, thereby maintaining comfort. Fibers with self-decontamination functionality were developed by incorporating magnesium oxide (MgO) nanoparticles into a polypropylene (PP) melt-extruded fiber. These fibers were then treated with plasma etching to expose increased surface area of the MgO nanoparticles. Three steps were involved in this research project: (1) determining the reactivity of MgO and methyl parathion, (2) making melt-spun MgO/PP fibers, and (3) testing the reactivity of MgO/PP composite fibers and methyl parathion. It was confirmed that MgO stoichiometrically degrades methyl parathion by way of destructive adsorption. The etching of the PP fibers containing MgO nanoparticles increased the chemical accessibility of MgO reactive sites, therefore making them more effective in degrading methyl parathion. These fibers can enhance the protection provided by PPE to agricultural and horticultural workers and military personnel.

  8. Foam injection molding of polypropylene/stainless steel fiber composites for efficient EMI shielding

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    Ameli, A.; Nofar, M.; Saniei, M.; Wang, S.; Park, C. B.

    2016-03-01

    Lightweight polypropylene/stainless-steel fiber (PP-SSF) composites with 15-35% density reduction were fabricated using foam injection molding and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2). The electrical percolation threshold, through-plane electrical conductivity, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE) of the PP-SSF composite foams were characterized and compared against the solid samples. The effects of the plasticizing gas and the void fraction on fiber breakage and orientation were also investigated. Microstructure characterization showed that the presence of dissolved CO2 decreased fiber breakage by about 30%, and together with foaming action, contributed to less preferential orientation of fibers. Consequently, the percolation threshold decreased up to four folds from 0.85 to 0.21 vol.% as the void fraction increased from 0 to 35%. The specific EMI SE was also significantly enhanced. A maximum specific EMI SE of 75 dB.g-1cm3 was achieved in PP-1.1 vol.% SSF composite foams, which was highly superior to 38 dB.g-1cm3 of the solid PP-1.0 vol.% SSF composites. The results reveal that light and efficient products with a lower fiber content can be developed by foam for EMI shielding applications.

  9. Novel PEPA-functionalized graphene oxide for fire safety enhancement of polypropylene

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    Xu, Jia You; Liu, Jie; Li, Kai Dan; Tanemura, Sakae

    2015-01-01

    Polypropylene (PP) is a general-purpose plastic, but some applications are constrained by its high flammability. Thus, flame retardant PP is urgently demanded. In this article, intumescent flame retardant PP (IFRPP) composites with enhanced fire safety were prepared using 1-oxo-4-hydroxymethyl-2,6,7-trioxa-1-phosphabicyclo [2.2.2] octane (PEPA) functionalized graphene oxide (PGO) as synergist. The PGO was prepared through a mild chemical reaction by the covalent attachment of a caged-structure organic compound, PEPA, onto GO nanosheets using toluene diisocynate (TDI) as the intermediary agent. The novel PEPA-functionalized graphene oxide not only improves the heat resistance of GO but also converts GO and PEPA from hydrophobic to hydrophilic materials, which leads to even distribution in PP. In our case, 7 wt% addition of PGO as one of the fillers for IFRPP composites significantly reduces its inflammability and fire hazards when compared with PEPA, by the improvement of first release rate peak (PHRR), total heat release, first smoke release rate peak (PSRR) and total smoke release, suggesting its great potential as the IFR synergist in industry. The reason is mainly attributed to the barrier effect of the unburned graphene sheets, which protects by the decomposition products of PEPA and TDI, promotes the formation of graphitized carbon and inhibits the heat and gas release. PMID:27877775

  10. Effect of Wet Surface Treated Nano-SiO2 on Mechanical Properties of Polypropylene Composite

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    WANG Dongbo; FENG Yujie; HAN Liwei; TIAN Yan

    2008-01-01

    Nano-SiO2/polypropylene composite was prepared by melt-blending process. The nano-SiO2 particles were organized by wet process surface treatment with silane coupling agent KH-570. The effect of mass fraction of nano-SiO2 particles and dosage of KH-570 on the toughening and strengthening of PP matrix were investigated based on the fractography of impact notch and the analysis of crystal structure by X-ray and dispersive structure of nano-SiO2 by TEM. Results show that the impact and flexural strength and modulus of the composite are improved obviously with low loading of nano-SiO2 (3wt%-5wt%), and the izod impact strength of PP increases twice with 4wt% nano-SiO2. The nano-SiO2 particles treated can disperse into the matrix resin, which has evident heterogeneous nucleation effects on the crystallization of PP. The optimal toughening and strengthening effects of PP matrix can be obtained when the content of nano-SiO2 and KH-570 are 4wt% and 3wt%, respectively.

  11. Effects of Additives, Photodegradation, and Water-tree Degradation on the Photoluminescence in Polyethylene and Polypropylene

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    Ito, Toshihide; Fuse, Norikazu; Ohki, Yoshimichi

    Photoluminescence (PL) spectra induced by irradiation of ultraviolet photons are compared among low-density polyethylene (LDPE), crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE), and polypropylene (PP). Three PL bands appear around 4.2, 3.6, and 3.1 eV in LDPE and XLPE, while similar three PL bands are observed at similar energies in PP. The PL spectra and their decay profiles are independent of the presence of additives and are also independent of whether the samples were crosslinked or not. These results indicate that neither the additives nor the crosslinking has any significant effects on the respective three PLs in PE and PP. When the sample was pre-irradiated by the ultraviolet photons under different atmospheres (air, O2, and vacuum), all the PL intensities decrease with the progress of the pre-irradiation regardless of whether the sample is PE or PP. Therefore, all the PLs are considered to result from impurities. In all the pre-irradiated samples, a new PL band appears at 2.9 eV, of which intensity is stronger when the oxygen partial pressure during the pre-irradiation was lower. This PL is considered to be due to photo-induced conjugated double bonds. It has also been confirmed that water-tree degradation in LDPE or in XLPE does not contribute to PL.

  12. Stability of Asp(B28) Insulin Exposed to Modified and Unmodified Polypropylene.

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    Fristrup, Charlotte J; Jankova, Katja; Eskimergen, Rüya; Bukrinsky, Jens T; Hvilsted, Soren

    2015-01-01

    Polypropylene (PP) plates have been modified with two different hydrophilic polymeric materials, poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (poly(DMAAm)) and poly(poly(ethylene glycol)methacrylate) (poly(PEGMA)) in order to reduce insulin adsorption when the plates were exposed to insulin aspart (Asp(B28) insulin). The influence of surface modification on the chemical and physical stability of Asp(B28) insulin was evaluated by two chromatographic methods, size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and reverse phase high pressure liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) and the Thioflavin T assay. A clear difference in the stability of Asp(B28) insulin was observed between the three tested surfaces. PP coated with poly(DMAAm) resulted in a poor chemical stability and a significantly improved physical stability compared with unmodified PP. In addition to this a lower phenol concentration was observed for the poly(DMAAm) coating. The results from the poly(PEGMA) coating looked very promising with respect to the stability of Asp(B28) insulin in comparison with the data from unmodified PP and the poly(DMAAm) coating. Two hydrophilic coatings have been tested and surprisingly a difference in Asp(B28) insulin stability was observed. Therefore, Asp(B28) insulin adsorption and stability will be influenced by more than the hydrophilicity of the surface.

  13. Kaolin and commercial fcc catalysts in the cracking of loads of polypropylene under refinary conditions

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    A. M. Ribeiro

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The efficiency of Commercial FCC catalysts (low, medium and high activities was evaluated by the catalytic cracking process of combined feeds of polypropylene (PP and vaseline, using a microactivity test unit (M.A.T. for the production of fuel fractions (gasoline, diesel and residue. The PP/vaseline loads, at 2.0% and 4.0% wt, were processed under refinery conditions (load/catalyst ratio and temperature of process. For the PP/vaseline load (4.0% wt, the production of the gasoline fraction was favored by all catalysts, while the diesel fraction was favored by PP/vaseline load (2.0% wt, showing a preferential contact of the zeolite external surface with the end of the polymer chains for the occurrence of the catalytic cracking. All the loads produced a bigger quantity of the gaseous products in the presence of highly active commercial FCC catalyst. The improvement in the activity of the commercial FCC catalyst decreased the production of the liquid fractions and increased the quantity of the solid fractions, independent of the concentration of the loads. These results can be related to the difficulty of the polymer chains to access the catalyst acid sites, occurring preferentially end-chain scission at the external surface of the catalyst.

  14. Polycarbonate/Polypropylene/Fibrillar Silicate Ternary Nanocomposites via Two-step Blending Process: Degradation and Morphology%两步共混工艺制备聚碳酸酯/聚丙烯/针状硅酸盐三元纳米复合材料:降解与形态

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    毛立新; 高翔; 张猛响; 金日光

    2006-01-01

    The method of two-step melt blending was used to prepare polycarbonate/polypropylene/attapulgite ternary nanocomposite, and the various techniques including gel permeation chromatography, rheometer, transmission electron microscope, dynamic mechanical analysis were used to examine the degradation of polycarbonate (PC)and the nanocomposite morphology. The results showed that the molecular weight degradation of PC triggered by attapulgite (AT) during the direct blending process was inhibited effectively by using two-step melt blending, in which AT was blended with polypropylene (PP) prior to compound with PC. The morphology of encapsulation was formed in the PC matrix, where PP encapsulates AT fibrillar single crystals to form a core-shell inclusion. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) measurements showed that the PC/PP/AT ternary nanocomposites were more effective than conventional PC/PP blends in reinforcement, meanwhile the addition of AT in the ternary nanocomposites shifted the glass transition temperature of the PP phase to a higher value.

  15. Crystallization and melting behavior of {beta}-nucleated isotactic polypropylene/polyamide 6 blends with maleic anhydride grafted polyethylene-vinyl acetate as a compatibilizer

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    Yang, Zhugen [Materials Science Institute, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Key Laboratory of Polymeric Composites and Functional Materials of the Ministry of Education, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon, UMR 5270 CNRS, Ecole centrale de Lyon, Equipe Chimie et Nanobiotechnologies, 36 Avenue Guy-de-Collongue, 69134 Ecully (France); Mai, Kancheng, E-mail: cesmkc@mail.sysu.edu.cn [Materials Science Institute, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Key Laboratory of Polymeric Composites and Functional Materials of the Ministry of Education, Guangzhou 510275 (China)

    2010-11-20

    {beta}-Nucleated isotactic polypropylene ({beta}-iPP) blend with maleic anhydride grafted polyethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA-g-MA) and {beta}-iPP/polyamide (PA) 6 blend, as well as its compatibilized version with EVA-g-MA as a compatibilizer were prepared with an internal mixer. Analysis from differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) indicates that the addition of EVA-g-MA into {beta}-nucleated iPP decreases the crystallization temperature (T{sub c}{sup p}) of PP, but it has no pronounced influence on the {beta}-crystal content for {beta}-nucleated iPP. For {beta}-nucleated iPP/PA6 blends, PA6 obviously decreases the {beta}-crystal content. However, the addition of EVA-g-MA is quite benefit for the formation of {beta}-crystal in {beta}-nucleated iPP/PA6 blends and the {beta}-crystal content increases with increasing EVA-g-MA content. It is suggested that the nucleating agent mainly disperses in the PA6 phase and/or the interface between iPP and PA6 in iPP/PA6 blend, which was proved by etching the blends with sulfuric acid and experimental facts from SEM.

  16. ENHANCED MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF POLYPROPYLENE/SILICA NANOCOMPOSITES WITH SURFACE MODIFICATION OF NANO-SILICA VIA IN SITU COPOLYMERIZATION OF METHYL METHACRYLATE AND BUTYL ACRYLATE

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    Jing-zhi Zheng; Xing-ping Zhou; Ji-ru Ying; Xiao-lin Xie

    2009-01-01

    Nano-sized silica particles were modified with methacryloxy-propyltrimethoxysilane(MPS)followed by in situ copolymerization of methyl methacrylate(MMA)and butyl acrylate(BA).These modified nanoparticles were compounded with polypropylene(PP)to prepare PP/silica nanocomposites.PMMA grafted on nano-silica enhances the dispersion of the nanoparticles and interfacial adhesion,decreases the size of PP spherulites in nanocomposites and leads to increasing the Young's modulus and toughness of PP/silica nanocomposites at the same time.PBA grafted on nano-silica further improves the dispersion and the interfacial interaction,decreases the size of PP spherulites in PP/silica nanocomposite and leads to further toughening the PP/silica nanocomposite.But,its low modulus decreases the modulus of the PP/silica nanocomposite.The nanocomposites with PP and nano-silica particles modified by P(MMA-co-BA)have balanced stiffness and toughness due to the moderate modulus and solubility parameter of P(MMA-co-BA).

  17. Types and Application of Polypropylene Synthesized via Novolen Process%Novolen工艺聚丙烯产品及应用

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    王居兰; 李磊; 袁炜; 罗春桃; 刘志芳

    2012-01-01

    概述了Novolen聚丙烯工艺技术及特点和所生产产品的特性,并且介绍了国内聚丙烯在其主要应用领域内的产品牌号及生产厂家。分析了神华宁夏煤业集团Novolen工艺生产的聚丙烯产品在纤维、注射、热成型、薄膜及挤出管材等领域的应用。%This article reviewed the characteristics of polypropylene resin based on Novolen process, the main domestic brands and manufacturers of the polypropylene were introduced. The applications of PP which was produced by Shenhua Ningxia coal group via Novolen process in fiber, injection molding, thermoforming, film, and extruded pipe were analyzed.

  18. [Using polypropylene mesh in surgery for stress urinary incontinence].

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    Murguía-Flores, Erick Arturo; Quintero-Granados, Fernando; Torres-Gómez, Luis Guillermo; Chávez-Navarro, Mariela Mariela; Vázquez-Gómez, Martha Berenice; Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Elizabeth

    2017-01-01

    Introducción: la incontinencia urinaria de esfuerzo (IUE) se define como la pérdida involuntaria de orina con esfuerzos como toser, estornudar o realizar actividad física. Dado que la IUE genera costos elevados y afecta la calidad de vida, es importante el diagnóstico y el manejo adecuados. El objetivo fue conocer si es adecuado el uso de malla de polipropileno para la IUE. Métodos: se hizo un estudio de cohorte histórica que incluyó a pacientes con incontinencia urinaria de esfuerzo en los que se utilizó malla de polipropileno durante 2013 con un seguimiento a 12 meses. Resultados: se logró una corrección de la IUE en el 98% de las pacientes al año de seguimiento. La tasa de complicaciones fue del 2%. Solo el 12% de las pacientes tenía un peso normal. La cirugía más utilizada fue la colocación de cinta libre de tensión transobturadora. Conclusión: la curación que se reporta a nivel mundial en promedio es del 90%, mientras que para las complicaciones el promedio es del 10%. En este estudio tenemos resultados similares. Utilizar malla de polipropileno para la corrección quirúrgica de la IUE es una alternativa segura y eficaz; sin embargo, se requieren estudios con mayores poblaciones y un seguimiento más extenso para aclarar esta situación.

  19. INTROMISSION OF WATER-REPELLENT AND HYDROSCOPIC PROPERTIES SIMULTANEOUSLY TO PP BY PLASMA DISCHARGE METHOD

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    Jie Liang; Bi-qian Liu

    2005-01-01

    Plasma-induced surface graft copolymerization of acrylic acid on polypropylene non-woven fabric (PP-g-AA) and polypropylene membrane were reported. The extents of grafting were controlled by the plasma and polymerization condition. Hexadecyltrimethyl ammonium bromide was then coupled with the carboxyl group of PP-g-AA to obtain a polyion complex (PIC). At last, CF4 plasma was used to give PICs hydrophobic property. The moisture regain and waterrepellency of the processed PICs was investigated. The surfaces were characterized using ATR FT-IR and XPS. The result indicates that the products have very high ability to adsorb moisture, even better than cotton fiber. At the same time, the products show excellent hydrophobic property, which can't be wetted by those reagents whose surface tensions were higher than 327 mN/m.

  20. Preparation,structure and properties of PP-g-AA grafting copolymer

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    2008-01-01

    Polypropylene grafting with AA was prepared by reactive extrusion with pre-irradiated PP (rPP) as the homogeneous initiator.The effects of the pre-irradiated dose,the fraction of rPP and the concentration of acrylic acid on the grafting reaction were studied and the grafted PP was characterized by Fourier transition infrared spectroscopy (FTIR),differential scanning calorimeter (DSC)and polarized light microscopy (PLM).The results show that the degradation of PP was suppressed efficiently with this novel method for preparing PP-g-AA copolymers,and the grafted copolymers with good mechanical properties were obtained.It was found that the product with higher graft degree (Gd)(0.19%) and relatively excellent mechanical properties can be produced if the mass ratio of PP/rPP/AA 4 kGy.Moreover,an adhesive strength of 4.88 kN/m was reached in the PP-g-AA/aluminum laminate.

  1. Immobilization of silver in polypropylene membrane for anti-biofouling performance.

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    Zhu, Xiaoying; Tang, Lin; Wee, Kin-Ho; Zhao, Yong-Hong; Bai, Renbi

    2011-08-01

    In this study, a method was developed to immobilize silver onto polypropylene (PP) membrane surfaces for improved anti-biofouling performance. A commercial PP membrane was first grafted with the thiol functional groups, and then silver ions were immobilized onto the PP membrane surface through coordinating with the thiol groups. The immobilized silver was found to be very stable, with only ~1.1% of the immobilized silver being leached out during a leaching test. The surface of the modified membrane (PPS-Ag) was examined with ATR-FTIR and XPS analysis, which verified the successful grafting of the thiol groups and the coordination of silver ions on the membrane surface. The surface properties of the membrane were also characterized by SEM, AFM and water contact angle measurements. The PPS-Ag membrane was found to have a smoother and more hydrophilic surface than the PP membrane. Both Gram-negative bacteria, Escherichia coli, and Gram-positive bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, were used to evaluate the antibacterial and anti-biofouling performance of the PPS-Ag membrane. From disk diffusion experiments, the PPS-Ag membrane exhibited the capability of inhibiting the growth of both the Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria tested. The anti-biofouling performance of the membrane was assessed by immersion in a mixed suspension of E. coli and S. aureus and filtration tests. The PPS-Ag membrane showed a stable and significantly enhanced anti-biofouling performance as compared with the PP membrane. The results in this study demonstrate that biofouling of a PP membrane can be sufficiently overcome through immobilizing silver onto the membrane surface.

  2. The Role of Field Electron Emission in Polypropylene/Aluminum Nanodielectrics Under High Electric Fields.

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    Zhang, Guoqiang; Li, Yue; Tang, Saide; Thompson, Rhett D; Zhu, Lei

    2017-03-09

    Polymer/metallic particle nanocomposites or nanodielectrics can exhibit colossal dielectric constants with a relatively low dissipation factor under low electric fields and thus seem to be promising for high-energy density dielectric capacitors. To study this possibility, this work focused on the dielectric performance and loss mechanisms in polypropylene (PP)/aluminum nanoparticle (nAl NP) composites under high electric fields. Phosphonic acid-terminated poly(ethylene-co-1-butene) was grafted to the Al2O3 surface layer on the nAl NPs in order to achieve reasonable dispersion in the PP matrix. The dielectric breakdown study showed that the breakdown strength decreased to nearly 1/20 that of the neat PP film as the nAl content increased to 25.0 vol %. The leakage current study revealed three electronic conduction mechanisms in the PP/100 nm nAl nanocomposites, namely, ohmic conduction at low fields, hopping conduction at intermediate fields, and Fowler-Nordheim (FN) field electron emission above a critical field, depending on the filler content. Compared to the 100 nm nAl NPs, smaller (e.g., 18 nm) nAl NPs needed a much higher electric field to exhibit FN field electron emission. It was the FN electron tunneling that induced a substantial reduction in breakdown strength for the PP/nAl nanocomposites. Meanwhile, electron-tunneling injected space charges (electrons) from nAl NPs into the PP matrix, and internal electronic conduction led to significant dielectric nonlinearity at high poling fields. Although polymer/metallic NP composites are not suitable for high-field electric applications, they can be good candidates for electrical switches and quantum tunneling composites operated at relatively low electric fields.

  3. Effect of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) particle morphology on dispersion and rheological and mechanical properties of polypropylene/CNC nanocomposites.

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    Khoshkava, Vahid; Kamal, Musa R

    2014-06-11

    Polypropylene (PP) nanocomposites containing spray-dried cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), freeze-dried CNC, and spray-freeze-dried CNC (CNCSFD) were prepared via melt mixing in an internal batch mixer. Polarized light, scanning electron, and atomic force microscopy showed significantly better dispersion of CNCSFD in PP/CNC nanocomposites compared with the spray-dried and freeze-dried CNCs. Rheological measurements, including linear and nonlinear viscoelastic tests, were performed on PP/CNC samples. The microscopy results were supported by small-amplitude oscillatory shear tests, which showed substantial rises in the magnitudes of key rheological parameters of PP samples containing CNCSFD. Steady-shear results revealed a strong shear thinning behavior of PP samples containing CNCSFD. Moreover, PP melts containing CNCSFD exhibited a yield stress. The magnitude of the yield stress and the degree of shear thinning behavior increased with CNCSFD concentration. It was found that CNCSFD agglomerates with a weblike structure were more effective in modifying the rheological properties. This effect was attributed to better dispersion of the agglomerates with the weblike structure. Dynamic mechanical analysis showed considerable improvement in the modulus of samples containing CNCSFD agglomerates. The percolation mechanical model with modified volume percolation threshold and filler network strength values and the Halpin-Kardos model were used to fit the experimental results.

  4. Effect of Weight Fractions of Jute Fiber on Tensile Strength and Deflection Temperature of Jute Fiber/Polypropylene Composites

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    Nabila, S.; Juwono, A. L.; Roseno, S.

    2017-05-01

    Jute is one of eco-friendly natural fiber with relatively low cost and high volume production. This study aimed to determine the effect of weight fractions of jute fiber as a reinforcement in polypropylene (PP) to obtain an optimum properties of PP/jute fiber composites. Jute fiber was pre-treated through alkalization. The PP was initially produced by extrusion process, followed by fabricated the composites by compiling the PP matrix and jute fibers into lamina using a hot-press method. The results of tensile test and heat deflection temperature test showed that the addition of 40wt% jute fiber to the PP increased the tensile strength about 19.7 % up to (38.2±4.9)MPa, the Young modulus about 79.8 % up to (3.20±0.26)GPa, and the heat deflection temperature about 143% up to (143.3±1.14)°C compared to pristine PP. Based on Scanning Electron Microscopy observation on the fracture surfaces, it was shown that the mode of failure on the composites failure surfaces was “fiber pull-out”, which due to the poor interface bond between the fiber and the matrix.

  5. Characterization of Potential Exposures to Nanoparticles and Fibers during Manufacturing and Recycling of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polypropylene Composites.

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    Boonruksa, Pongsit; Bello, Dhimiter; Zhang, Jinde; Isaacs, Jacqueline A; Mead, Joey L; Woskie, Susan R

    2016-01-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) polymer composites are widely used as raw materials in multiple industries because of their excellent properties. This expansion, however, is accompanied by realistic concerns over potential release of CNTs and associated nanoparticles during the manufacturing, recycling, use, and disposal of CNT composite products. Such data continue to be limited, especially with regards to post-processing of CNT-enabled products, recycling and handling of nanowaste, and end-of-life disposal. This study investigated for the first time airborne nanoparticle and fibers exposures during injection molding and recycling of CNT polypropylene composites (CNT-PP) relative to that of PP. Exposure characterization focused on source emissions during loading, melting, molding, grinding, and recycling of scrap material over 20 cycles and included real-time characterization of total particle number concentration and size distribution, nanoparticle and fiber morphology, and fiber concentrations near the operator. Total airborne nanoparticle concentration emitted during loading, melting, molding, and grinding of CNT-PP had geometric mean ranging from 1.2 × 10(3) to 4.3 × 10(5) particles cm(-3), with the highest exposures being up to 2.9 and 300.7 times above the background for injection molding and grinding, respectively. Most of these emissions were similar to PP synthesis. Melting and molding of CNT-PP and PP produced exclusively nanoparticles. Grinding of CNT-PP but not PP generated larger particles with encapsulated CNTs, particles with CNT extrusions, and respirable fiber (up to 0.2 fibers cm(-3)). No free CNTs were found in any of the processes. The number of recycling runs had no significant impact on exposures. Further research into the chemical composition of the emitted nanoparticles is warranted. In the meanwhile, exposure controls should be instituted during processing and recycling of CNT-PP.

  6. Diluting ferric carboxymaltose in sodium chloride infusion solution (0.9% w/v) in polypropylene bottles and bags: effects on chemical stability

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    Philipp, Erik; Braitsch, Michaela; Bichsel, Tobias; Mühlebach, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    Objectives This study was designed to assess the physicochemical stability of colloidal ferric carboxymaltose solution (Ferinject) when diluted and stored in polypropylene (PP) bottles and bags for infusion. Methods Two batches of ferric carboxymaltose solution (Ferinject) were diluted (500 mg, 200 mg and 100 mg iron in 100 mL saline) in PP bottles or bags under aseptic conditions. The diluted solutions were stored at 30°C and 75%±5% relative humidity (rH) for 72 h, and samples were withdrawn...

  7. The influence of irradiated wood filler on some properties of polypropylene - wood composites

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The problem of compatibility between the wood filler and thermoplastic matrix is of essential importance in composite production. Numerous methods have been developed for increasing this compatibility, which is still representing a challenging objective of composite research throughout the world. The research into these methods is primarily directed towards their efficiency from the viewpoint of the composite performance and their economical acceptability. The latter is of particular importance for the composite production in the developing countries with respect to the shortage of the corresponding funds. With this respect, the utilization of ionizing radiation might have considerable advantages. In this research, the beech wood flour was irradiated by a dose of 10 kGy of 60Co gamma rays for purpose of provoking the changes by the ionizing effect. The effects of ionizing radiation upon the properties of wood particles have been examined by IR spectroscopy and by determination of contents of hydroxyl groups in wood by acetylating as an indirect method. All these methods have been expected to reveal the chemical effects of the applied radiation treatment. The irradiated and the control wood flour were used in order to produce the samples of composite with polypropylene. The polypropylene-wood flour (PP-WF composites were produced with 40% of wood particles having fraction size 0.3 mm. The melt-blended composites were modified with amido-acrylic acid (AMACA as a new coupling agent synthesized for this propose in amount of 6 wt.% (based on wood filler and successively with 0.05 wt.% (based on PP of organic peroxide during mixing step. The composites containing coupling agents showed superior mechanical properties, compared to the untreated one. The highest extent of improvement of tensile was achieved in PP-WFl composites modified with AMACA coupling agent.

  8. PP-g-(MAH-co-St)增容PA6/PP研究%Study on Toughening for PA6/PP Blends by PP-g-(MAH-co-St)

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    张甲敏; 陈军龙; 赵文庆; 廉全贵

    2013-01-01

    以马来酸酐、苯乙烯多单体熔融接枝聚丙烯(PP)[PP-g-(MAH-co-St)]为增容剂,制备了尼龙(PA)6/PP/PP-g-(MAH-co-St)共混物,研究了PP-g-(MAH-co-St)用量对共混物性能的影响。结果表明,加入一定量的PP-g-(MAH-co-St)能有效改善PA6与PP间的相容性,提高共混物的力学性能。对不同拉伸速率的拉伸试样进行了差示扫描量热分析,结果发现取向对PA6的结晶温度和熔融温度有一定影响。%The PA6/PP alloy was obtained through the compatibilization of melt grafting maleic anhydride and styrene onto polypropylene PP-g-(MAH-co-St).The effects of varied content of PP-g-(MAH-co-St) on alloy properties were studied.The results show that proper content of PP-g-(MAH-co-St) can effectively improve the compatibility of PA6 and PP,so as to improve the properties of the alloy.The tensile specimens of different rates were determined by after DSC analysis.Results show that orientation of PA6 affects the crystallization temperature and melting temperature.

  9. Radiation-grafting of 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate and oligo (ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate onto polypropylene films by one step method

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    Ramirez-Jimenez, Alejandro [Departamento de Quimica de Radiaciones y Radioquimica, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico DF 04510 (Mexico); Alvarez-Lorenzo, Carmen; Concheiro, Angel [Departamento de Farmacia y Tecnologia Farmaceutica, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, 15782-Santiago de Compostela (Spain); Bucio, Emilio, E-mail: ebucio@nucleares.unam.mx [Departamento de Quimica de Radiaciones y Radioquimica, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico DF 04510 (Mexico)

    2012-01-15

    Polypropylene films were modified with 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) and oligo (ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate (OEGMA) using the pre-irradiation method with gamma-rays (one step method). The effect of absorbed dose from 10 to 100 kGy, temperature (50, 60, and 70 {sup o}C), monomer concentration between 12.5% and 62.5%, monomers ratio from 10% to 90% and reaction time from 5 to 50 h; on the degree of grafting was determined. The grafted samples were analyzed by FTIR-ATR, TGA, DSC, swelling, and contact angle. Grafts onto polymeric films between 3% and 109% were obtained at doses from 10 to 100 kGy and a dose rate around 7.4 kGy/h. The graft percent increased with the content in HEMA in the HEMA:OEGMA feed mixture, which indicates a lower reactivity of OEGMA compared to HEMA. The hydrogel layer grafted on the polypropylene substrate increases the hydrophilicity of the surface and also provides certain temperature-responsiveness, which may be of interest for biomedical applications. - Highlights: > PP was grafted with a hydrogel layer applying the {gamma}-ray pre-irradiation method. > Effects of radiation dose, time, temperature and monomers concentration were evaluated. > Grafted layer increases the hydrophilicity of PP films. > HEMA and OEGMA grafted onto PP may be of interest for biomedical applications.

  10. Comparative Effects of MMT Clay Modified with Two Different Cationic Surfactants on the Thermal and Rheological Properties of Polypropylene Nanocomposites

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    Meshal Al-Samhan

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Polypropylene montmorillonite (MMT nanocomposites were prepared by melt blending using two different organoclays modified with imidazolium and alkylammonium surfactants. The imidazolium and ammonium modified organoclays were characterized by the FTIR and SEM analysis. The effect of organic clay (MMT on the physical properties of polypropylene was evaluated, thermal and rheological properties with different filler weight percentage. Differential scanning calorimetric results showed that imidazolium modified clay (IMMT exhibits low melting temperature compared to the ammonium modified clay (AMMT. The crystallinity analysis showed that crystallization improved in all nanocomposites irrespective of surface modification; the thermogravimetric analysis showed that the imidazolium modified polymer composites are more thermally stable than conventional ammonium modified composites. The Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM analyses indicated that the PP-IMMT composites displayed exfoliated morphologies compared with the intercalated structure in PP-AMMT, and the rheological analysis at 180°C showed an enhancement in the viscoelastic properties as the clay concentration increases. The melt viscosity, crossover modulus, and relaxation times were comparable for both the surface modified composites with two different cations. The imidazolium based surfactant was found to be an effective organic modification for MMT to prepare thermally stable PP/MMT nanocomposites.

  11. Application of full-factorial design in the synthesis of polypropylene-g-poly(glycidyl methacrylate) functional material for metal ion adsorption

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    Madrid, Jordan F.; Lopez, Girlie Eunice P.; Abad, Lucille V.

    2017-07-01

    The graft polymerization of glycidyl methacrylate onto electron beam pre-irradiated polypropylene (PP) nonwoven fabric was optimized using a 43 full factorial design analysis. The analysis yielded a polynomial equation that relates the linear, quadratic and interaction effects of the independent parameters to degree of grafting (Dg). The linear terms (i.e. absorbed dose, reaction time and monomer concentration), quadratic terms of time and concentration, and interaction term between absorbed dose and time were determined as significant independent parameters based from analysis of variance (ANOVA). The optimum grafting time and absorbed dose to achieve 150% Dg at 5% monomer concentration were 3.5 h and 39.8 kGy, respectively. The pristine PP, polypropylene-g-poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PP-g-PGMA) and functionalized grafted materials were characterized using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and scanning electron microscopy. The affinities of the synthesized adsorbents towards the target metal ions at pH 4 were established to be in the following order: Cr(VI) >> Pb(II) Cd(II) for the amine functionalized PP-g-PGMA; and Pb(II) > Cd(II) > Cr(VI) for the carboxylic acid functionalized PP-g-PGMA.

  12. Desenvolvimento de filmes de nananocompósitos polipropileno/argila organofílica para embalagens Development of polypropylene/organoclay nanocomposite films for packaging

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    Arthur R. A. Araújo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foram preparados filmes de nanocompósitos de polipropileno (PP contendo 1% em massa de bentonita modificada organicamente com tecnologia nacional (APO. Polipropileno enxertado com anidrido maleico (PP-g-AM e copolímero de etileno e álcool vinílico (EVOH foram utilizados como agentes compatibilizantes. Os nanocompósitos foram preparados através da intercalação no estado fundido em extrusora de filme plano. A influência do tipo e do teor de compatibilizante e do tipo de polipropileno, na morfologia, propriedades mecânicas e de barreira ao vapor d'água dos referidos filmes foi investigada. Os dados de difração de raio X evidenciam que apesar da morfologia dos nanocompósitos ter sido afetada pelo tipo de compatibilizante, esta praticamente não variou com o teor de compatibilizante utilizado. As morfologias e as propriedades de barreira ao vapor d'água dos nanocompósitos preparados com os polipropilenos PP H401 e PP H07D-00 são semelhantes. Entretanto, aqueles preparados com PP H07D-00 apresentaram melhores propriedades mecânicas, excetuando a resistência da termossoldagem à tração, do que os preparados com a matriz polimérica PP H401, e a transparência dos nanocompósitos preparados com PP H07D-00 foi idêntica à da matriz polimérica sem argila. Os resultados indicam que os filmes de nanocompósitos PP H07D-00 compatibilizados com 15% de PP-g-AM e contendo 1% de argila organofílica APO podem ser promissores para aplicação em embalagens.This work deals with polypropylene (PP nanocomposite films containing 1 wt. (% bentonite clay organically modified with national technology (APO. Maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene (PP-g-MA and ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH were used as compatibilizing agents. Nanocomposites were prepared by melt intercalation in a flat film extruder. An investigation was made of the influence from the type and content of compatibilizer and type of polypropylene on the morphology

  13. The Mechanical Properties of Polypropylene Fiber Reinforced Concrete

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    LI Bei-xing; CHEN Ming-xiang; CHENG Fang; LIU Lu-ping

    2004-01-01

    The compressive, shear strengths and abrasion-erosion resistance as well as flexural properties of two polypropylene fiber reinforced concretes and the comparison with a steel fiber reinforced concrete were reported.The exprimental results show that a low content of polypropylene fiber (0.91kg/m3 of concrete) slightly decreases the compressive and shear strengths, and appreciably increased the flexural strength, but obviously enhances the toughness index and fracture energy for the concrete with the same mix proportion, consequently it plays a role of anti-cracking and improving toughness in concrete. Moreover, the polypropylene mesh fiber is better than the polypropylene monofilament fiber in improving flexural strength and toughness of concrete, but the two types of polypropylene fibers are inferior to steel fiber. All the polypropylene and steel fibers have no great beneficial effect on the abrasion-erosion resistance of concrete.

  14. A comparative study of outcome of the absorbable suture polydioxanone and nonabsorbable suture polypropylene in laparotomy wound closure

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    Kiran Shankar H.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Abdominal wound closure is one of the common operations for a general surgeon. Prevention of complications is important to reduce post-operative morbidity and mortality. Post-operative wound pain, wound infection, wound dehiscence, suture sinus formation; palpable knots and incisional hernia are the parameters are to be studied. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to compare polydioxanone and polypropylene suture material for abdominal fascial closure regarding morbidity in terms of post-operative wound complications. Methods: Patients admitted in the department of surgery, who undergo laparotomy operations, with midline abdominal incisions were included in the study. The recruited subjects were divided into Group-A, whom abdominal incisions are closed with non-absorbable suture material polypropylene and Group-B whom abdominal incisions are closed with absorbable suture material polydioxanone. Data was expressed as percentages. Results: The incidence of wound pain was observed in all the patients in both immediate and delayed post-operative period in the polypropylene suture material compared to polydioxanone. The incidence of wound infection was higher in polypropylene (24% compared to PDS (2%. There were 4% cases of wound dehiscence in the present study. The incidence of suture sinus formation was higher in the polypropylene suture material (9% compared to the polydioxanone suture material (2% in the delayed postoperative period. The incidence of palpable knots was higher in the polypropylene suture material (23% compared to the polydioxanone suture material. No cases of incisional hernia were reported with polydioxanone suture material. Conclusions: The overall morbidity from abdominal closure was considerably reduced in the Polydioxanone group. We encountered reduction in wound complications like burst abdomen, wound infection, wound pain, suture sinus formation, palpable knots and incisional hernia. Therefore

  15. LDPE and PP thermal diffusivity in molten state

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    Genhli Yánez

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Experimental results are reported for measuring the thermal diffusivity of two polymer species: low density polyethylene (LDPE and polypropylene (PP. Measurements were taken in unsteady state heat flow conditions around the materials' melting temperature, using a device specially constructed for this purpose. The experimental results for the sample's temperature profile (temperature gradient product were adjusted with the theoretical results obtained by solving the heat conduction equation. Diffusivity values were α=6.92×(10^(-7 m^2⁄s for LDPE and α=5.53×(10^(-7 m^2⁄s for PP. This was pioneering work in measuring this property at high temperatures in non-stationary state heat flow conditions and should be useful in the search for improving the conditions for processing these materials.

  16. Effects of the high doses of irradiation on the mechanical properties of PS/PP blends

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    Albano, C. E-mail: calbano@ivic.vealbanoc@camelot.rect.ucv.ve; Reyes, J.; Ichazo, M.N.; Gonzalez, J.; Rodriguez, M

    2003-08-01

    The effect of gamma irradiation on the tensile behavior of the polystyrene/polypropylene (PS/PP) blend (80/20) without and with styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) points to a deterioration of the mechanical properties of the blends due to the scission and crosslinking reactions resulting from irradiation. A kinetic analysis of the behavior of mixtures of PS/PP with SBS shows that a radiation dose between 70 and 400 kGy, the dominant process is the chain scission meanwhile at higher doses appear a competitive mechanisms (chain scission and crosslinking) with a sensitive decrease of the properties in the break point.

  17. Role of PET in improving wear properties of PP in dry sliding condition

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    Somit Neogi; S A R Hashmi; Navin Chand

    2003-10-01

    The sliding wear of isotactic polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and their blends was evaluated as a function of applied pressure and composition against a stainless steel counter face in dry condition. Wear rate decreases with the addition of PET in the blend. The wear was observed in two stages, the moderate wear and high wear while increasing the applied pressure on test samples. The addition of PET in PP helps in increasing the limit of moderate wear towards the high-pressure side. Microstructure and worn surfaces of samples were observed by scanning electron microscope. The wear phenomenon has been discussed based on wear losses and worn surfaces.

  18. An electron paramagnetic resonance study of PP and PP/SBS blends irradiated with gamma rays

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    Silva, Pedro E-mail: silva@ivic.ve; Albano, Carmen; Perera, Rosestela; Gonzalez, Jeanette; Ichazo, Miren

    2004-11-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements of Polypropylene (PP) and its blends with a Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene (SBS) copolymer in 10, 20, 30 and 40 wt.% of SBS were carried out. The samples were irradiated in the 0{<=}D{<=}100 kGy range at a dose rate of 4.8 kGy/h. Typical spectra indicative of the formation of peroxy and alkyl radicals were obtained. The dynamics of formation and recombination of radicals in these samples could be explained using a mixed zero and first order generation-recombination fit of the total spin concentration as a function of the integral dose. The time dependence of the spin concentration was studied assuming a mixed first order fit in the decay process. The parameters obtained from the fitting are interpreted in terms of the rate of formation of free radicals at the irradiation time and in terms of the decay time of the total free radical concentration.

  19. Superhydrophobic and oleophilic open-cell foams from fibrillar blends of polypropylene and polytetrafluoroethylene.

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    Rizvi, Ali; Chu, Raymond K M; Lee, Jung H; Park, Chul B

    2014-12-10

    Effective removal of oils from water is of global significance for environmental protection. In this study, we investigate the hydrophobicity and oleophilicity of open-cell polymer foams prepared in a continuous and scalable extrusion process. The material used to prepare the open-cell foams is a fibrillar blend of polypropylene (PP) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of the morphology of the PP/PTFE fibrillar blend reveal that the PTFE has a fibrillar morphology in the PP matrix. SEM micrograph of the extruded foam shows the formation of an interconnected open-cell structure. Using nitrogen pycnometry, the open-cell content is estimated to be 97.7%. A typical bulk density of the open-cell foam is measured to be about 0.07 g cm(-3) corresponding to a void fraction of 92%. Thus, a large three-dimensional space is made available for oil storage. A drop of water on the cross-section of the extruded open-cell foam forms a contact angle of 160° suggesting that the open-cell foam exhibits superhydrophobicity. The open-cell foam can selectively absorb various petroleum products, such as octane, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, light crude oil, and heavy crude oil from water and the uptake capacities range from about 5 to 24 g g(-1). The uptake kinetics can be enhanced by exposing the open-cell foam to high intensity ultrasound which increases the surface porosity of the thin, impervious, foam "skin" layer. The reusability of the foam can be improved by using a matrix polymer which demonstrates superior elastic properties and prevents the foams from undergoing a large permanent deformation upon compression to "squeeze out" the oil. For example, when the PP homopolymer matrix is replaced with a PP random copolymer, the permanent deformation for 10 compressive cycles is reduced from about 30% to 10%. To the best of our knowledge, these PP-based open-cell foams outperform PP-based absorbents conventionally used for oil-spill cleanup

  20. Facile Method to Fabricate Highly Thermally Conductive Graphite/PP Composite with Network Structures.

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    Feng, Changping; Ni, Haiying; Chen, Jun; Yang, Wei

    2016-08-03

    Thermally conductive polymer composites have aroused significant academic and industrial interest for several decades. Herein, we report a novel fabrication method of graphite/polypropylene (PP) composites with high thermal conductivity in which graphite flakes construct a continuous thermally conductive network. The thermal conductivity coefficient of the graphite/PP composites is markedly improved to be 5.4 W/mK at a graphite loading of 21.2 vol %. Such a great improvement of the thermal conductivity is ascribed to the occurrence of orientations of crystalline graphite flakes with large particles around PP resin particles and the formation of a perfect thermally conductive network. The model of Hashin-Shtrikman (HS) is adopted to interpret the outstanding thermally conductive property of the graphite/PP composites. This work provides a guideline for the easy fabrication of thermally conductive composites with network structures.

  1. Estudo do efeito do tipo de polipropileno na fotodegradação da blenda polipropileno/poliestireno de alto impacto Influence of the type of polypropylene on the photodegradation of blends of polypropylene/high impact polystyrene

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    Laércio L. Fernandes

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho visa avaliar a influência do tipo de polipropileno no comportamento da blenda polipropileno/poliestireno de alto impacto (PP/HIPS quando exposta à radiação UV. Foram usados uma resina virgem de PP (PPv e outra reprocessada (PPrep. Inicialmente, avaliou-se o comportamento individual dos componentes da blenda, HIPS, PPv e PPrep, quando submetidos à radiação UV por até 15 semanas de exposição. As técnicas de caracterização utilizadas para monitorar o desempenho tanto das resinas individualmente quanto das blendas submetidas à radiação UV foram: propriedades mecânicas (tração e impacto, medidas de índice de fluidez (MFI, análise térmica (DSC, espectroscopia no infravermelho (FTIR e microscopia eletrônica de varredura (MEV. A partir dos resultados com essas técnicas verificou-se que o PPv foi a resina mais afetada pela radiação e consequentemente as blendas preparadas com esse PP também foram mais sensíveis à fotodegradação do que as demais. Em termos de fotoestabilização este resultado mostra-se interessante, já que as blendas PP/HIPS preparadas com uma resina previamente degradada necessitariam de menores teores de aditivos do que esse mesmo tipo de blenda preparada com resina virgem.The influence from the type of polypropylene on the photodegradation resistance of blends of polypropylene/high impact polystyrene (PP/HIPS was studied. A virgin polypropylene (PPv and another sample that suffered prior thermo-mechanical degradation (PPrep were used. All materials, components of the blends and blends were exposed to UV radiation for up to 15 weeks. They were characterized as a function of time of UV exposure using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The mechanical (tensile and impact properties and melt flow indexes of the materials were also evaluated. The experimental results revealed that PPv resin and its blends were more sensitive

  2. United States based agricultural {open_quotes}waste products{close_quotes} as fillers in a polypropylene homopolymer

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    Jacobson, R.E.; Rowell, R.M.; Caulfield, D.F. [Forest Products Lab., Madison, WI (United States)] [and others

    1995-11-01

    With the advent of modern coupling agents (MAPP or maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene), the potential use of various types of renewable, sustainable agricultural byproducts as fillers in thermoplastics is explored. Over 7.7 billion pounds of fillers were used in the plastics industry in 1993. With sharp price increases in commodity thermoplastics (i.e. approximately 25% in 94`), the amount of fillers in thermoplastic materials will increase throughout the 90`s. Various types of agricultural fibers are evaluated for mechanical properties vs. 50% wood flour and 40% talc filled polypropylene (PP). The fibers included in this study are: kenaf core, oat straw, wheat straw, oat hulls, wood flour (pine), corncob, hard corncob, rice hulls, peanut hulls, corn fiber, soybean hull, residue, and jojoba seed meal. Composite interfaces were modified with MAPP to improve the mechanical properties through increased adhesion between the hydrophilic and polar fibers with the hydrophobic and non-polar matrix. The agro-waste composites had compositions of 50% agro-waste/48% PP/2% MAPP. All of the agricultural waste by-products were granulated through a Wiley mill with a 30 mesh screen and compounded in a high intensity shear-thermo kinetic mixer. The resultant blends were injection molded into ASTM standard samples and tested for tensile, flexural, and impact properties. This paper reports on the mechanical properties of the twelve resultant composites and compares them to wood flour and talc-filled polypropylene composites. The mechanical properties of kenaf core, oat straw, wheat straw, and oat hulls compare favorably to the wood flour and talc-filled PP, which are both commercially available and used in the automotive and furniture markets.

  3. High strain rate behaviour of polypropylene microfoams

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    Gómez-del Río, T.; Garrido, M. A.; Rodríguez, J.; Arencón, D.; Martínez, A. B.

    2012-08-01

    Microcellular materials such as polypropylene foams are often used in protective applications and passive safety for packaging (electronic components, aeronautical structures, food, etc.) or personal safety (helmets, knee-pads, etc.). In such applications the foams which are used are often designed to absorb the maximum energy and are generally subjected to severe loadings involving high strain rates. The manufacture process to obtain polymeric microcellular foams is based on the polymer saturation with a supercritical gas, at high temperature and pressure. This method presents several advantages over the conventional injection moulding techniques which make it industrially feasible. However, the effect of processing conditions such as blowing agent, concentration and microfoaming time and/or temperature on the microstructure of the resulting microcellular polymer (density, cell size and geometry) is not yet set up. The compressive mechanical behaviour of several microcellular polypropylene foams has been investigated over a wide range of strain rates (0.001 to 3000 s-1) in order to show the effects of the processing parameters and strain rate on the mechanical properties. High strain rate tests were performed using a Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar apparatus (SHPB). Polypropylene and polyethylene-ethylene block copolymer foams of various densities were considered.

  4. High strain rate behaviour of polypropylene microfoams

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    Martínez A.B.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Microcellular materials such as polypropylene foams are often used in protective applications and passive safety for packaging (electronic components, aeronautical structures, food, etc. or personal safety (helmets, knee-pads, etc.. In such applications the foams which are used are often designed to absorb the maximum energy and are generally subjected to severe loadings involving high strain rates. The manufacture process to obtain polymeric microcellular foams is based on the polymer saturation with a supercritical gas, at high temperature and pressure. This method presents several advantages over the conventional injection moulding techniques which make it industrially feasible. However, the effect of processing conditions such as blowing agent, concentration and microfoaming time and/or temperature on the microstructure of the resulting microcellular polymer (density, cell size and geometry is not yet set up. The compressive mechanical behaviour of several microcellular polypropylene foams has been investigated over a wide range of strain rates (0.001 to 3000 s−1 in order to show the effects of the processing parameters and strain rate on the mechanical properties. High strain rate tests were performed using a Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar apparatus (SHPB. Polypropylene and polyethylene-ethylene block copolymer foams of various densities were considered.

  5. Green aqueous surface modification of polypropylene for novel polymer nanocomposites.

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    Thakur, Vijay Kumar; Vennerberg, Danny; Kessler, Michael R

    2014-06-25

    Polypropylene is one of the most widely used commercial commodity polymers; among many other applications, it is used for electronic and structural applications. Despite its commercial importance, the hydrophobic nature of polypropylene limits its successful application in some fields, in particular for the preparation of polymer nanocomposites. Here, a facile, plasma-assisted, biomimetic, environmentally friendly method was developed to enhance the interfacial interactions in polymer nanocomposites by modifying the surface of polypropylene. Plasma treated polypropylene was surface-modified with polydopamine (PDA) in an aqueous medium without employing other chemicals. The surface modification strategy used here was based on the easy self-polymerization and strong adhesion characteristics of dopamine (DA) under ambient laboratory conditions. The changes in surface characteristics of polypropylene were investigated using FTIR, TGA, and Raman spectroscopy. Subsequently, the surface modified polypropylene was used as the matrix to prepare SiO2-reinforced polymer nanocomposites. These nanocomposites demonstrated superior properties compared to nanocomposites prepared using pristine polypropylene. This simple, environmentally friendly, green method of modifying polypropylene indicated that polydopamine-functionalized polypropylene is a promising material for various high-performance applications.

  6. In vitro hemocompatibility of sulfonated polypropylene non-woven fabric prepared via a facile γ-ray pre-irradiation grafting method

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    Li, Rong [Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China); Wu, Guozhong [Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China); School of Physical Science and Technology, ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai 200031 (China); Ye, Yin, E-mail: yeyin@sinap.ac.cn [Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800 (China)

    2015-11-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Sulfonated PP{sub NWF} was successfully fabricated via γ-ray pre-irradiation-induced graft polymerization of SSS method with the aid of AAm. • Compared with the pristine PP{sub NWF}, the sulfonated PP{sub NWF} material presented outstanding hydrophilicity. • The sulfonated PP{sub NWF} exhibited good hemocompatibility. - Abstract: Sulfonated polypropylene non-woven fabric (PP{sub NWF}) was successfully prepared via γ-ray pre-irradiation-induced graft polymerization of sodium styrenesulfonate (SSS) and acrylamide (AAm). The effect of pre-irradiation dose, reaction temperature, reaction time and concentration of binary monomer on the degree of grafting (DG) was studied. The chemical structure of the original and modified PP{sub NWF} materials were investigated by attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to confirm the successful introduction of sulfonated (−SO{sub 3}{sup −}) group. The wettability was examined via measurement of de-ionized water adsorption percentage, which demonstrated that the hydrophilicity of PP{sub NWF} was greatly enhanced after graft modification. A little amount of bovine serum albumin (BSA) adsorption and nearly no platelet adhesion on the surface of modified PP{sub NWF} and low hemolytic ratio of the modified PP{sub NWF} revealed that the sulfonated PP{sub NWF} exhibited good hemocompatibility. Besides, blood clotting time measurement indicated that the anticoagulant property of PP{sub NWF} was effectively enhanced via SSS modification. Consequently, the hydrophilicity, in vitro hemocompatibility and anticoagulant effect of PP{sub NWF} were significantly improved by γ-ray pre-irradiation-induced graft polymerization of SSS.

  7. Influence of non-covalent modification of multiwalled carbon nanotubes on the crystallization behaviour of binary blends of polypropylene and polyamide 6.

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    Mukhopadhyay, Nabaneeta; Panwar, Ajay S; Kumar, Gulshan; Samajdar, I; Bhattacharyya, Arup R

    2015-02-14

    Blends of polypropylene (PP) and polyamide 6 (PA6) with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were prepared using different processing strategies in a twin-screw micro-compounder. The effect of MWNTs on the crystallization behaviour of the PP phase and the PA6 phase of the blend has been investigated through non-isothermal crystallization studies by differential scanning calorimetric analysis. Furthermore, the effect of the addition of the compatibilizer (PP-g-MA) and the modification of MWNTs (m-MWNTs) with a non-covalent organic modifier (Li-salt of 6 amino hexanoic acid, Li-AHA) has also been studied in context to the crystallization behaviour of the PP and PA6 phase in the blend. The crystallization studies have indicated a significant increase in bulk crystallization temperature of the PP phase in the blend in the presence of MWNTs. Moreover, the formation of 'trans-lamellar crystalline' structure consisting of PA6 'trans-crystalline lamellae' on MWNTs surface was facilitated in the case of blends prepared via 'protocol 2' as compared to the corresponding blends prepared via 'protocol 1'. Wide angle X-ray diffraction analysis has showed the existence of a β-polymorph of the PP phase due to incorporation of the PA6 phase in the blend. Addition of MWNTs in the blends has facilitated further β-crystalline structure formation of the PP phase. In the presence of m-MWNTs, a higher β-fraction was observed in the PP phase as compared to the blend with pristine MWNTs. Addition of PP-g-MA has suppressed the β-phase formation in the PP phase in the blend. X-ray bulk texture analysis revealed that incorporation of PA6 as well as pristine/modified MWNTs has influenced the extent of orientation of the PP chains towards specific crystalline planes in various blend compositions of PP and PA6.

  8. Soft Tissue Response to the Presence of Polypropylene-G-Poly(ethylene glycol Comb-Type Graft Copolymers Containing Gold Nanoparticles

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    Derya Burcu Hazer

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to evaluate the soft tissue response of the pure and Au-embedded PPg-PEG. PP-g-PEG2000, PP-g-PEG4000, Au-PP-g-PEG2000, and AuPP-g-PEG4000 were obtained via chlorination of polypropylene and polyethylene glycol in the presence of a base with a “grafting onto” technique. Solvent cast films of these four copolymers with PP as a control group were embedded into five different rats. After 30 days of implantation, microscopic evaluation of inflammation and SEM analysis were done. PP had the most intense inflammatory reaction among the other polymers. PP-PEG block copolymers with high molecular weight and gold-nanoparticles-embedded ones revealed mild inflammatory reaction independently. SEM assessment revealed punched hole-like defects on the surface of all polymer samples except for PP. Graft copolymers with PEG, especially Au-attached ones, have favorable soft tissue response, and inflammatory reaction becomes milder as the number of PEG side chains increases.

  9. Soft tissue response to the presence of polypropylene-G-poly(ethylene glycol) comb-type graft copolymers containing gold nanoparticles.

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    Hazer, Derya Burcu; Hazer, Baki; Dinçer, Nazmiye

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the soft tissue response of the pure and Au-embedded PPg-PEG. PP-g-PEG2000, PP-g-PEG4000, Au-PP-g-PEG2000, and AuPP-g-PEG4000 were obtained via chlorination of polypropylene and polyethylene glycol in the presence of a base with a "grafting onto" technique. Solvent cast films of these four copolymers with PP as a control group were embedded into five different rats. After 30 days of implantation, microscopic evaluation of inflammation and SEM analysis were done. PP had the most intense inflammatory reaction among the other polymers. PP-PEG block copolymers with high molecular weight and gold-nanoparticles-embedded ones revealed mild inflammatory reaction independently. SEM assessment revealed punched hole-like defects on the surface of all polymer samples except for PP. Graft copolymers with PEG, especially Au-attached ones, have favorable soft tissue response, and inflammatory reaction becomes milder as the number of PEG side chains increases.

  10. The effects of PLA biodegradable and polypropylene nonwoven crop mulches on selected components of tomato grown in the field

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    Zawiska Izabela; Siwek Piotr

    2014-01-01

    The results of two years (2010-2011) of field studies using two types of nonwoven mulches (one biodegradable, polylactic acid PLA 54 g m-2, and traditional polypropylene PP 50 g m-2) on the yield and quality of tomato are presented. Seeds of tomato (‘Mundi’ F1) were sown in a greenhouse, in containers filled with perlite and sand, and then the plants at the cotyledon stage were replanted in multipot trays filled with substrate for vegetable plants. In the last week of May, seedlings were plan...

  11. Fabrication of the micro/nano-structure superhydrophobic surface on aluminum alloy by sulfuric acid anodizing and polypropylene coating.

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    Wu, Ruomei; Liang, Shuquan; Liu, Jun; Pan, Anqiang; Yu, Y; Tang, Yan

    2013-03-01

    The preparation of the superhydrophobic surface on aluminum alloy by anodizing and polypropylene (PP) coating was reported. Both the different anodizing process and different PP coatings of aluminum alloy were investigated. The effects of different anodizing conditions, such as electrolyte concentration, anodization time and current on the superhydrophobic surface were discussed. By PP coating after anodizing, a good superhydrophobic surface was facilely fabricated. The optimum conditions for anodizing were determined by orthogonal experiments. After the aluminium-alloy was grinded with 600# sandpaper, pretreated by 73 g/L hydrochloric acid solution at 1 min, when the concentration of sulfuric acid was 180 g/L, the concentration of oxalic acid was 5 g/L, the concentration of potassium dichromate was 10 g/L, the concentration of chloride sodium was 50 g/L and 63 g/L of glycerol, anodization time was 20 min, and anodization current was 1.2 A/dm2, anodization temperature was 30-35 degrees C, the best micro-nanostructure aluminum alloy films was obtained. On the other hand, the PP with different concentrations was used to the PP with different concentrations was used to coat the aluminum alloy surface after anodizing. The results showed that the best superhydrophobicity was achieved by coating PP, and the duration of the superhydrophobic surface was improved by modifying the coat the aluminum alloy surface after anodizing. The results showed that the best superhydrophobicity was surface with high concentration PP. The morphologies of micro/nano-structure superhydrophobic surface were further confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The material of PP with the low surface free energy combined with the micro/nano-structures of the surface resulted in the superhydrophobicity of the aluminum alloy surface.

  12. The upcycling of post-industrial PP/PET waste streams through in-situ microfibrillar preparation

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    Delva, Laurens, E-mail: Laurens.Delva@ugent.be; Ragaert, Kim, E-mail: Kim.Ragaert@ugent.be; Cardon, Ludwig, E-mail: Ludwig.Cardon@ugent.be [Centre for Polymer and Materials Technologies (CPMT), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ghent University, Technologiepark 915, 9052 Zwijnaarde (Belgium)

    2015-12-17

    Post-industrial plastic waste streams can be re-used as secondary material streams for polymer processing by extrusion or injection moulding. One of the major commercially available waste stream contains polypropylene (PP) contaminated with polyesters (mostly polyethylene tereftalate - PET). An important practical hurdle for the direct implementation of this waste stream is the immiscibility of PP and PET in the melt, which leads to segregation within the polymer structure and adversely affects the reproducibility and mechanical properties of the manufactured parts. It has been indicated in literature that the creation of PET microfibrils in the PP matrix could undo these drawbacks and upcycle the PP/PET combination. Within the current research, a commercially available virgin PP/PET was evaluated for the microfibrillar preparation. The mechanical (tensile and impact) properties, thermal properties and morphology of the composites were characterized at different stages of the microfibrillar preparation.

  13. THE VARIABLE ROLE OF CLAY ON THE CRYSTALLIZATION BEHAVIOR OF DMDBS-NUCLEATED POLYPROPYLENE

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    Juan-juan Su; Guang-hui Yang; Cheng-zhen Geng; Hua Deng; Ke Wang; Qiang Fu

    2011-01-01

    The effect of clay on the nucleating behavior of 1,3∶2,4-bis(3,4-dimethylbenzylidene) sorbitol (DMDBS) in cryatallization of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) was investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC),dynamic rheology and polarized light microscopy (PLM).It is interesting to note that the incorporation of layered clay nanoparticles into DMDBS-nucleated iPP may induce a synergetic nucleation effect while the DMDBS content is below 0.1 wt%,otherwise it restricts the crystallization rate prominently as the DMDBS content increases up to 0.3 wt%,which has exceeded the content threshold to yield a nucleating agent (NA) network.As shown by dynamic rheological investigations,the clay nanoparticles demonstrate an obstructive effect of disturbing the consistency of DMDBS fibrils network.Moreover,to further demonstrate the importance of NA network formation in the crystallization of iPP,we used another NA named HPN-20e,which can not form network structure at all over the concentration studied,for comparison.In this case,the nucleated-crystallization rate is independent on the addition of clay nanoparticles,as the nucleating mechanism is an individual nuclei manner without NA network forming.

  14. BaTiO3 and polypropylene nanocomposites for capacitor applications

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    Dong, Daxuan; Tang, Longxiang; Zhu, Lei; Lee, Je; Case Western Reserve University Collaboration; Agiltron, Inc Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    A novel strategy to uniformly disperse 70-nm BaTiO3 ferroelectric nanoparticles in a dielectric polypropylene (PP) matrix is developed in order to achieve high dielectric constant and high energy density for capacitor applications. By modifying BaTiO3 surface with a bis-phosphonic acid-terminated polyhedral oligomeric selsisquioxane (POSS), a nanocomposite with BaTiO3@POSS uniformly dispersed in PP matrix was achieved. The nanocomposite film containing a high nanoparticle content of 30 vol.% exhibited a high dielectric constant of 32 and a breakdown voltage of 220 MV/m, but with a high energy loss. Improvement of this nanocomposite by understanding the interfacial polarization is carried out in this work. The dielectric constant difference between BaTiO3 and PP can generate interfacial polarization and subsequent internal conduction in BaTiO3 particles upon bipolar polarization. Reduction of this internal conduction mechanism will significantly reduce the hysteresis loss in polymer nanodielectrics.

  15. The effect of molecular mass on the polymorphism and crystalline structure of isotactic polypropylene

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    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available This study is devoted to the investigation of the effect of molecular mass on the α-, β- and γ-crystallization tendency of isotactic polypropylene (iPP. The crystalline structure was studied by wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS and by polarised light microscopy (PLM. The melting and crystallization characteristics were determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. The results indicate clearly that iPP with low molecular mass crystallizes essentially in α-modification. However, it crystallizes in β-form in the presence of a highly efficient and selective β-nucleating agent. The α- and β-modifications form in wide molecular mass range. The decreasing molecular mass results in increased structural instability in both α- and β-modifications and consequently enhanced inclination to recrystallization during heating. The formation of γ-modification could not be observed, although some literature sources report that γ-form develops in iPP with low molecular mass.

  16. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry studies of 100 keV nitrogen ion implanted polypropylene polymer

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    Chawla, Mahak; Aggarwal, Sanjeev; Sharma, Annu

    2017-09-01

    The effect of nitrogen ion implantation on the structure and composition in polypropylene (PP) polymer has been studied. Implantation was carried out using 100 keV N+ ions at different fluences of 1 × 1015, 1 × 1016 and 1 × 1017 ions cm-2 with beam current density of ∼0.65 μA cm-2. Surface morphological changes in the pre- and post-implanted PP specimens have been studied using Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) and UV-Visible Spectroscopy. The spatial distribution of implantation induced modification in the form of carbonization and dehydrogenation in the near surface region of PP matrix, the projected range, retained dose of implanted nitrogen, the various elements present in the implanted layers and their differential cross-sections have been analyzed using RBS spectra. RUMP simulation yielded an increase in the concentration of carbon near the surface from 33 at.% (virgin) to 42 at.% at fluence of 1 × 1017 N+ cm-2. Further, optical absorption has been found to increase with a shift in the absorption edge from UV towards visible region with increasing fluence. UV-Vis absorption spectra also indicate a drastic decrease in optical energy gap from 4.12 eV (virgin) to 0.25 eV (1 × 1017 N+ cm-2) indicating towards the formation of carbonaceous network in the implanted region. All these changes observed using UV-Visible have been further correlated with the outcomes of the RBS characterization.

  17. Crystallization and melting behavior of nanoclay-containing polypropylene/poly(trimethylene terephthalate blends

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    S. H. Jafari

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available This contribution concerns preparation and characterization of polypropylene (PP/poly(trimethylene terephthalate (PTT melt-mixed blends in the presence of organically-modified montmorillonite nanoclays and functional compatibilizers. Immiscibility and nanocomposite formation were confirmed via transmission electron microscopy. An intercalated structure was observed by wide angle X-ray diffraction technique. Crystallization, and melting characteristics were studied by differential scanning calorimetry in both isothermal and non-isothermal modes, supplemented by temperature modulated DSC (TMDSC. A concurrent crystallization was found for both polymeric components in the blends. Whereas blending favored PP crystallizability, it interrupted that of PTT. The addition compatibilizers interfered with rate, temperature, and degree of crystallization of PP and PTT. On the contrary, nanoclays incorporation increased crystallizability of each individual component. However, as for blend nanocomposite samples, the way the crystallization behavior changed was established to depend on the type of nanoclay. Based on kinetic analysis, isothermal crystallization nucleation followed athermal mechanism, while that of non-isothermal obeyed thermal mode. Addition of nanoclays shifted nucleation mechanism from athermal to thermal mode.

  18. Bond Characteristics of Macro Polypropylene Fiber in Cementitious Composites Containing Nanosilica and Styrene Butadiene Latex Polymer

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    Jae-Woong Han

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated the bond properties of polypropylene (PP fiber in plain cementitious composites (PCCs and styrene butadiene latex polymer cementitious composites (LCCs at different nanosilica contents. The bond tests were evaluated according to JCI SF-8, in which the contents of nanosilica in the cement were 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 wt%, based on cement weight. The addition of nanosilica significantly affected the bond properties between macro PP fiber and cementitious composites. For PCCs, the addition of 0–2 wt% nanosilica enhanced bond strength and interface toughness, whereas the addition of 4 wt% or more reduced bond strength and interface toughness. The bond strength and interfacial toughness of LCCs also increased with the addition of up to 6% nanosilica. The analysis of the relative bond strength showed that the addition of nanosilica affects the bond properties of both PCC and LCC. This result was confirmed via microstructural analysis of the macro PP fiber surface after the bond tests, which revealed an increase in scratches due to frictional forces and fiber tearing.

  19. Evaluation of the degradation effect on the processability of high molecular weight polypropylene

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    Shinzato, Rodrigo; Otaguro, Harumi; Lima, Luis F.C.P.; Parra, Duclerc F.; Lugao, Ademar B. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Quimica e Meio Ambiente], E-mail: rodrigo.shinzato@gmail.com, E-mail: ablugao@ipen.br; Artel, Beatriz W.H. [Empresa Brasileira de Radiacao Ltda. (EMBRARAD), Cotia, SP (Brazil)

    2007-07-01

    One way to improve the processability of high molecular weight and melt strength of Polypropylene (PP) is reducing its molecular weight by chain scission with increase of flow index. Nevertheless, the more significant occurrence of chain scission in its structure, further improved its processability is at expense of physical properties. It is well known that the high energy radiation creates free radicals in the polymer chains that subsequently stabilize forming structures. These structures composed by low molecular weight chains and by grafted, branched and crosslinked chains modify the physical and chemical properties of the polymer, depending of their distribution. The low molecular weight chains become from the degradation process by high energy irradiation, which decreases the melt strength and improves its processability. So, this work has the objective to evaluate the degradation of the high molecular weight PP using different irradiation doses. Two kinds of PP samples were utilized. The first one, without additive, presented a flow index of 1.9 g/10 min, and the second, additivated with 0.2 wt % of antioxidant phenolic, Irganox 1010, with a flow index of 0.9 g/10 min. These samples were irradiated with doses of 12.5 and 20.0 kGy. The results of flow index and melt strength obtained with these two kinds of samples showed the antioxidant and the radiation action. (author)

  20. Effect of atmospheric oxidative plasma treatments on polypropylenic fibers surface: Characterization and reaction mechanisms

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    Nisticò, Roberto, E-mail: roberto.nistico@unito.it [University of Torino, Department of Chemistry and NIS Centre of Excellence, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy); Magnacca, Giuliana [University of Torino, Department of Chemistry and NIS Centre of Excellence, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino (Italy); Faga, Maria Giulia; Gautier, Giovanna [CNR-IMAMOTER, Strada delle Cacce 73, 10135 Torino (Italy); D’Angelo, Domenico; Ciancio, Emanuele [Clean-NT Lab, Environment Park S.p.A., Via Livorno 60, 10144 Torino (Italy); Lamberti, Roberta; Martorana, Selanna [Herniamesh S.r.l., Via F.lli Meliga 1/C, 10034 Chivasso (Italy)

    2013-08-15

    Atmospheric pressure plasma-dielectric barrier discharge (APP-DBD, open chamber configuration) was used to functionalize polypropylene (PP) fibers surface in order to generate oxidized-reactive groups such as hydroperoxides, alcohols and carbonyl species (i.e. ketones and others). Such a species increased the surface polarity, without causing material degradation. Three different types of plasma mixture (He, He/O{sub 2}, He/O{sub 2}/H{sub 2}O) under three different values of applied power (750, 1050, 1400 W) were investigated. The formed plasma species (O{sub 2}{sup +}, O single atom and OH radical) and their distribution were monitored via optical emission spectrometry (OES) measurements, and the plasma effects on PP surface species formation were followed by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS). Results allowed to better understand the reaction pathways between plasma phase and PP fibers. In fact, two reaction mechanisms were proposed, the first one concerning the plasma phase reactions and the second one involving material surface modifications.

  1. Termodinamika Campuran Polipropilen/Karet Alam yang Ditambahkan Kompatibilizer Maleated Polypropylene

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    Bahruddin Bahruddin

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Kajian terhadap aspek termodinamika suatu sistem campuran polimer-polimer diperlukan untuk mendapatkan informasi mengenai kemampuan pencampuran maksimal dan pemisahan fasa dari sistem campuran tersebut. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk memperkirakan kemampuan pencampuran sistem karet alam (natural rubber, NR dan polipropilen (PP yang ditambahkan kompatibilizer Maleated Polypropylene (MAPP, dimana fasa NR tervulkanisasi dinamik dalam matrik PP dengan cross-link agent sulfur. Estimasi kemampuan pencampuran didasarkan pada energi bebas pencampuran yang dihitung dengan persamaan Flory-Huggins. Entalpi pencampuran dan volume molar masing-masing dihitung dengan persamaan van Krevelen dan metode Group Contribution Volume (GCVol. Parameter kelarutan juga dihitung menggunakan metode van Krevelen. Energi bebas pencampuran dihitung pada komposisi NR antara 0 sampai dengan 100% dan suhu 30oC. Proses vulkanisasi fasa NR dianggap menghasilkan jumlah molekul yang berikatan silang sebanyak 1113 dan terjadi secara monosulfidik. Komposisi MAPP divariasikan antara 0 sampai 10% massa, sedangkan jumlah gugus anhydrate (MA dalam molekul MAPP berkisar antara 1 sampai 5% mol. Hasil perhitungan menunjukkan bahwa penambahan MAPP pada sistem campuran NR/PP dengan fasa NR tervulkanisasi dinamik hanya dapat menurunkan nilai energi bebas pencampuran, namun tidak mengubah sifat ketidakmampuan campurnya. Kadar MA dalam MAPP relatif tidak mempengaruhi kemampuan pencampuran sistem campuran tersebut.

  2. Pyrolysis of a fraction of waste polypropylene and polyethylene for the recovery of BTX aromatics using a fluidized bed reactor

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    Jung, Su-Hwa; Cho, Min-Hwan; Kang, Bo-Sung; Kim, Joo-Sik [Faculty of Environmental Engineering, University of Seoul, 90 Jeonnong-Dong, Dongdaemun-Gu, Seoul 130-743 (Korea)

    2010-03-15

    Fractions of waste polypropylene and polyethylene were pyrolyzed in a pyrolysis plant under different conditions. In this study, the influence of the reaction temperature (650-750 C), the feed rate, and the kind of fluidizing medium on the product spectrum were investigated. Pyrolysis of the PP fraction produced oils up to 43 wt. % of the product. With respect to the PE fraction, the maximum oil yield was above 60 wt. % of the product. The target compound was BTX aromatics, whose amount in the oils reached 53 wt.% for the PP fraction and 32 wt. % for the PE fraction. It was shown that the PE fraction yielded a higher liquid product compared to the PP fraction, and that the concentration of aromatics in the oil increased at higher reaction temperatures for both the PP and PE fractions. A higher feed rate and the use of a gas product as the fluidizing medium were favored for the production of oils for both the PP and PE fractions. The oils that were obtained in the experiments almost had no metal and chlorine contents. The maximum heating value of the gas obtained in the experiments was about 50 MJ/kg. (author)

  3. Robust Polypropylene Fabrics Super-Repelling Various Liquids: A Simple, Rapid and Scalable Fabrication Method by Solvent Swelling.

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    Zhu, Tang; Cai, Chao; Duan, Chunting; Zhai, Shuai; Liang, Songmiao; Jin, Yan; Zhao, Ning; Xu, Jian

    2015-07-01

    A simple, rapid (10 s) and scalable method to fabricate superhydrophobic polypropylene (PP) fabrics is developed by swelling the fabrics in cyclohexane/heptane mixture at 80 °C. The recrystallization of the swollen macromolecules on the fiber surface contributes to the formation of submicron protuberances, which increase the surface roughness dramatically and result in superhydrophobic behavior. The superhydrophobic PP fabrics possess excellent repellency to blood, urine, milk, coffee, and other common liquids, and show good durability and robustness, such as remarkable resistances to water penetration, abrasion, acidic/alkaline solution, and boiling water. The excellent comprehensive performance of the superhydrophobic PP fabrics indicates their potential applications as oil/water separation materials, protective garments, diaper pads, or other medical and health supplies. This simple, fast and low cost method operating at a relatively low temperature is superior to other reported techniques for fabricating superhydrophobic PP materials as far as large scale manufacturing is considered. Moreover, the proposed method is applicable for preparing superhydrophobic PP films and sheets as well.

  4. Electrical properties of carbon-based polypropylene composites for bipolar plates in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC)

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    Dweiri, Radwan; Sahari, Jaafar

    An investigation is made of the electrical properties of polypropylene/graphite (PP/G) composites as prospective replacements for the traditional graphite bipolar plate in proton-exchange membrane fuel cells. The composites have relatively low electrical conductivities, i.e., up to 28 S cm -1 at 90 wt.% G. Combination of G with carbon black (CB) is an effective way to develop higher conductivity composites. The conductivity reaches 35 S cm -1 by combination of 25 wt.% CB and 55 wt.% G to 20 wt.% PP. This is five times the value at 80 wt.% G and 20 wt.% PP (7 S cm -1). Two methods are mainly adopted for the preparation of composites, namely, melt compounding and solution blending. Solution blending of PP with conductive fillers followed by moulding of the dried powder leads to higher conductivities compared with those of melt-compounded composites. The combination of conjugated conducting polymers such as polyaniline (PANi) with the PP, G, and CB is also investigated. It is found that composites containing PANi have lower conductivities than those of the neat composites. This decrease in conductivity is attributed to the poor thermal stability of PANi.

  5. The impact of the amount of polypropylene fibres on spalling behaviour and residual mechanical properties of Reactive Powder Concretes

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    Hager I.

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, an experimental study on the spalling behaviour and mechanical properties of Reactive Powder Concretes (RPCs in high temperature are presented. The research program was established to evaluate the impact of low melting temperature polypropylene fibres PP on mechanical properties evolution with temperature but also to verify the effectiveness of their addition to prevent spalling. Three sets of RPC specimens were prepared for this study with different amount of PP fibres (no fibres, 1.0 kg/m3 and 2.0 kg/m3. The addition of PP fibres reduces the initial compressive strength of the RPC material by approx. 14% no significant influence on modulus of elasticity was observed. Addition of 1 kg/m3 of PP fibres in RPC, seem not to give a sufficient protection against occurrence of spalling phenomenon. By adding 2 kg/m3 of PP fibres the risk of spalling is significantly reduced.

  6. Mechanisms behind surface modification of polypropylene film using an atmospheric-pressure plasma jet

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    Shaw, David; West, Andrew; Bredin, Jerome; Wagenaars, Erik

    2016-12-01

    Plasma treatments are common for increasing the surface energy of plastics, such as polypropylene (PP), to create improved adhesive properties. Despite the significant differences in plasma sources and plasma properties used, similar effects on the plastic film can be achieved, suggesting a common dominant plasma constituent and underpinning mechanism. However, many details of this process are still unknown. Here we present a study into the mechanisms underpinning surface energy increase of PP using atmospheric-pressure plasmas. For this we use the effluent of an atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ) since, unlike most plasma sources used for these treatments, there is no direct contact between the plasma and the PP surface; the APPJ provides a neutral, radical-rich environment without charged particles and electric fields impinging on the PP surface. The APPJ is a RF-driven plasma operating in helium gas with small admixtures of O2 (0-1%), where the effluent propagates through open air towards the PP surface. Despite the lack of charged particles and electric fields on the PP surface, measurements of contact angle show a decrease from 93.9° to 70.1° in 1.4 s and to 35° in 120 s, corresponding to a rapid increase in surface energy from 36.4 mN m-1 to 66.5 mN m-1 in the short time of 1.4 s. These treatment effects are very similar to what is found in other devices, highlighting the importance of neutral radicals produced by the plasma. Furthermore, we find an optimum percentage of oxygen of 0.5% within the helium input gas, and a decrease of the treatment effect with distance between the APPJ and the PP surface. These observed effects are linked to two-photon absorption laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TALIF) measurements of atomic oxygen density within the APPJ effluent which show similar trends, implying the importance of this radical in the surface treatment of PP. Analysis of the surface reveals a two stage mechanism for the production of polar

  7. Evaluation of the degree of dispersion of organoclay on nanocomposites with PP/EPDM; Avaliacao do grau de dispersao de argilas organofilicas em nanocompositos de PP/EPDM

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    Braga, F.C.F.; Oliveira, M.G., E-mail: fernanda.braga@int.gov.b [Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia (DPCM/INT), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Div. de Processamento e Caracterizacao de Materiais; Furtado, C.R.G. [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    Nanocomposites of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) composed by PP/EPDM 1/1 blend and organoclay were obtained by the melt intercalation in an internal chamber mix. Initially, a masterbatch of maleinized polypropylene (PP-MA) and clay modified with alkyl ammonium salt in the ratio 3:1 was prepared, and then, added to TPE matrix to obtain loads of 2,5; 5 and 7 wt% of clay in the nanocomposite. The dispersion degree of clay in TPE matrix was evaluated by X-ray diffraction and parallel plate rheometry. The intercalation/exfoliate degree or the degree of dispersion varied with clay content, as observed by X-ray diffraction. This behavior was confirmed by the profile of the curves of elastic modulus versus frequency, which presented different slopes in the region of low frequency, due to the presence of clay and PP-MA. (author)

  8. Fracture of polypropylene: 2. the effect of the crystallinity

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    van der Wal, A.; Wal, A.; Mulder, J.J.; Gaymans, R.J.

    1998-01-01

    The effect of crystallinity on the fracture behaviour of polypropylene was studied under impact conditions. The crystallinity was varied by taking low- and high-isotactic polypropylenes and mixtures thereof. The crystallinity ranged from 31 to 53 wt%. The fracture behaviour was studied as a function

  9. Explosive spalling of concrete, the mitigating effect of Polypropylene Fibres

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    Sørensen, Lars Schiøtt

    2003-01-01

    This paper briefly describes the main results of a recent investigation on the influence of polypropylene fibres and restraint on the susceptibility of concrete to explosive spalling at high temperatures. The results suggest that polypropylene fibres may prevent spalling in both unstrained...

  10. Study of modified polypropylene nanocomposites by gamma irradiation with addition of cloisite clay

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    Komatsu, Luiz G.H.; Oliani, Washington L.; Parra, Duclerc F.; Lugao, Ademar B., E-mail: dfparra@ipen.b [Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Nanomaterials, and, in particular, nanoreinforcements for polymer composites have been the subject of intense research, development and commercialization. Clay-containing polymeric nanocomposites (CPNCs) are used as either functional or structural materials, large-volume CPNCs with a commodity or engineering polymer as the matrix, where the mechanical behavior is the main concern (followed by gas-vapor barrier properties, flammability, etc.). This work concerns to the study of the mechanical, thermal and morphological behavior nanocomposite, (HMSPP) Polypropylene High Melt Strength (obtained at dose of 12.5 kGy) and addition of 5 and 10 wt% of organoclay with Cloisite 20A nanocomposite. Agent compatibilizer polypropylene-graft, (PP-g-AM) was added at 3% concentration and the clay was dispersed through melt intercalation technique using a twin-screw extruder). We observed an increase in traction rupture. The mechanical behavior was evaluated by strength, the thermal behavior were evaluated by the technique of differential scanning calorimetry, the morphology of the nanocomposites was studied by scanning electron microscopy, melt flow index and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy in nanocomposites Cloisite 20 A at 10% wt. (author)

  11. Development of more friendly food packaging materials base on polypropylene through blending with polylacticacid

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    Setiawan, Achmad Hanafi; Aulia, Fauzan

    2017-01-01

    The commonly food packaging materials today is used a thin layer plastic or film, which is made of a synthetic polymer, such as polypropylene (PP). However, the use of these polymers has a negative impact on the environment, because the synthetic polymer is difficult to degrade naturally by the biotic components such as micro-organisms decomposers and abiotic components such as the sunshine. The use of the biodegradable polymeric material will reduce the use of synthetic polymer products, thereby reducing plastic waste pollution at relatively low cost, it is expected to produce positive effects both for the environment and in terms of economy. PLA is a biodegradable polymer that can be substituted totally or partially to synthetic polymers as far as could fulfill the main function of packaging in the protection and preservation of food. Increasing PLA content in polypropylene blend will affect to the increasing in its water absorption and also its biodegradable. 20% PLA may the optimum composition of poly-blend for food packaging.

  12. Physico-chemical characterization of functionalized polypropylenic fibers for prosthetic applications

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    Nistico, Roberto [Department of Chemistry and NIS Center of Excellence, University of Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, Torino 10125 (Italy); Faga, Maria Giulia, E-mail: m.faga@to.istec.cnr.it [CNR-ISTEC, Strada delle Cacce 73, Torino 10135 (Italy); Gautier, Giovanna [CNR-ISTEC, Strada delle Cacce 73, Torino 10135 (Italy); Magnacca, Giuliana [Department of Chemistry and NIS Center of Excellence, University of Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, Torino 10125 (Italy); D' Angelo, Domenico; Ciancio, Emanuele; Piacenza, Giacomo [Clean-NT Lab, Environment Park S.P.A., Via Livorno 60, 10144 Turin (Italy); Lamberti, Roberta; Martorana, Selanna [Herniamesh S.r.l., Via F.lli Meliga, 1/C 10034 Chivasso, Turin (Italy)

    2012-08-01

    Polypropylene (PP) fibers can be manufactured to form nets which can find application as prosthesis in hernioplasty. One of the most important problem to deal with when nets are applied in vivo consists in the reproduction of bacteria within the net fibers intersections. This occurs right after the application of the prosthesis, and causes infections, thus it is fundamental to remove bacteria in the very early stage of the nets application. This paper deals with the physico-chemical characterization of such nets, pre-treated by atmospheric pressure plasma dielectric barrier discharge apparatus (APP-DBD) and functionalized with an antibiotic drug such as chitosan. The physico-chemical characterization of sterilized nets, before and after the functionalization with chitosan, was carried out by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with EDS spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, drop shape analysis (DSA), X-ray diffraction and thermal analyses (TGA and DSC). The aim of the work is to individuate a good strategy to characterize this kind of materials, to understand the effects of polypropylene pre-treatment on functionalization efficiency, to follow the materials ageing in order to study the effects of the surface treatment for in vivo applications.

  13. Thermal properties of light-weight concrete with waste polypropylene aggregate

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    Záleská, Martina; Pokorný, Jaroslav; Pavlíková, Milena; Pavlík, Zbyšek

    2017-07-01

    Thermal properties of a sustainable light-weight concrete incorporating high volume of waste polypropylene as partial substitution of natural aggregate were studied in the paper. Glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (GFPP), a by-product of PP tubes production, partially substituted fine natural silica aggregate in 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 mass%. In order to quantify the effect of GFPP use on concrete properties, a reference concrete mix without plastic waste was studied as well. For the applied GFPP, bulk density, matrix density, and particle size distribution were measured. Specific attention was paid to thermal transport and storage properties of GFPP that were examined in dependence on compaction time. For the developed light-weight concrete, thermal properties were accessed using transient impulse technique, whereas the measurement was done in dependence on moisture content, from the dry state to fully water saturated state. Additionally, the investigated thermal properties were plotted as function of porosity. The tested light-weight concrete was found to be prospective construction material possessing improved thermal insulation function. Moreover, the reuse of waste plastics in concrete composition was beneficial both from the environmental and financial point of view considering plastics low biodegradability and safe disposal.

  14. Fire Spalling Prevention via Polypropylene Fibres: A Meso- and Macroscale Approach

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    G. Mazzucco

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A deep understanding of concrete at the mesoscale level is essential for a better comprehension of several concrete phenomena, such as creep, damage, and spalling. The latter one specifically corresponds to the separation of pieces of concrete from the surface of a structural element when it is exposed to high and rapidly rising temperatures; for this phenomenon a mesoscopic approach is fundamental since aggregates performance and their thermal properties play a crucial role. To reduce the risk of spalling of a concrete material under fire condition, the inclusion of a low dosage of polypropylene fibres in the mix design of concrete is largely recognized. PP fibres in fact evaporate above certain temperatures, thus increasing the porosity and reducing the internal pressure in the material by an increase of the voids connectivity in the cement paste. In this work, the contribution of polypropylene fibres on concrete behaviour, if subjected to elevated thermal ranges, has been numerically investigated thanks to a coupled hygrothermomechanical finite element formulation. Numerical analyses at the macro- and mesoscale levels have been performed.

  15. Influence of an Optimized Fibre Coating on Interfacial and Mechanical Properties of Glass Fibre/Polypropylene Composites

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    2002-01-01

    The influence of pretreatment of fibre on interfacial and mechanical properties of glass fibre/polypropylene composites was investigated. Firstly, the glass fibres were coated with the blends of m-IPP (maleic anhydride grafting isotatic polypropylene) and m-APP (maleic anhydride grafting amorphous polypropylene) in different ratios.Secondly, the interfacial reaction of the coated composites was analysed by FTIR, which shows that the interfacial chemical reaction between m-IPP/m-APP in the fibre coating and the fibre surface-bound coupling agent is in existence.Thirdly, the microstructure of the coated composites was studied by SEM. The results indicate that the coating treatment is effective on improving interfacial adhesion of the fibre-matrix and the right amount of m-APP added to the coat impels the plastic deformation surrounding the point of cracks, which makes cracks turn to region and prevents from further interface debonding. Lastly, the mechanical properties were evaluated by measurement of the flexural strength and impact strength of the composites. It was found that the flexural strength and impact strength of the composites with coating fibre are higher than those of uncoating fibre composite. The results of these investigations draw the conclusion that the pretreatment of fibre with m-IPP/m-APP blends can form an optimize interlayer between the fibre and the PP matrix, which improves both the strength and toughness of the composites.

  16. Optimization of the crystallinity of polypropylene/submicronic-talc composites: The role of filler ratio and cooling rate

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    A. Makhlouf

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Micronic and submicronic mineral fillers recently appeared as efficient reinforcing agents for polyolefins in addition to the benefit of bypassing the exfoliation/dispersion problem encountered in the case of incorporation of nanoscopic fillers such as clay. Submicronic-talc, designated as μ-talc, belongs to this kind of new fillers. This work was aimed at searching to optimize the crystallinity ratio of isotactic polypropylene in the presence of μ-talc in relation to the filler ratio of the composites and the cooling rate from the melt. In order to highlight the efficiency of the μ-talc on the crystallization of polypropylene comparison has been made with PP composites containing conventional talc particles. The study has been carried out on samples having μ-talc weight fractions covering the range 3–30%. In the context of optimizing the crystallinity ratio of the polypropylene matrix in the composites, calorimetric experiments have been planned using a full factorial design. The results were statistically processed by analysis of the variance via mathematical models for predicting the crystallinity ratio in relation to the cooling rate and the filler ratio. Contour graphs have been plotted to determine the effect of each parameter on crystallinity. The cooling rate proved to have a significantly stronger influence on crystallinity than the type and content of filler.

  17. Oxygen Permeability of Polypropylene Containing Polyisobutene with Magnesium Acetate

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    2000-01-01

    The oxygen permeabilities of polypropylene films are reduced by adding a minor percentage of a polyisobutene ionomer. The polyisobutene ionomers were prepared by in situ salt exchange of magnesium acetate with maleated polyisobutenes of commercially available low relative molecular mass. The more polar magnesium salts aided phase separation during crystallization from the molten polypropylene mixture. Scanning electron microscope photographs revealed that the polyisobutene ionomer is largely concentrated in the amorphous regions between the polypropylene spherulites, where the ionomer tends to concentrate during crystallization. The influence of the polyisobutene ionomer on the oxygen permeability of polypropylene was found to be slightly dependent upon the relative molecular mass of the polyisobutene precursor. Under optimum conditions, the oxygen permeability of polypropylene is reduced by 20% with only 1% additive.

  18. Extrusion of Foamed Polypropylene Profile%发泡聚丙烯型材的挤出研究

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    王兰; 王佩璋; 肖祥雄; 吕祚锋

    2001-01-01

    研究了低发泡聚丙烯(PP)配方中各种成分对制品质量性能的影响, 并通 过正交设计实验筛选出最佳配方。同时讨论了单螺杆挤出机的挤出工艺条件对发泡制品性能 的影响并确定了最佳工艺条件。%Effects of various ingredients in the formulation on t he quality of lo w-ratio foamed polypropylene(PP) were studied; and optimum formulation was chos en according to experiments based on orthogonal design. Influences of extrusion conditions on properties of the foamed profile were discussed and the optimum pr ocessing parameters were determined.

  19. Effect of Particle Size of Additives on the Flammability and Mechanical Properties of Intumescent Flame Retarded Polypropylene Compounds

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    Katalin Bocz

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of particle size reduction of the components of a common intumescent flame retardant system, consisting of pentaerythritol (PER and ammonium polyphosphate (APP in a weight ratio of 1 to 2, was investigated on the flammability and mechanical performance of flame retarded polypropylene (PP compounds. Additives of reduced particle size were obtained by ball milling. In the case of PER, the significant reduction of particle size resulted in inferior flame retardant and mechanical performance, while the systems containing milled APP noticeably outperformed the reference intumescent system containing as-received additives. The beneficial effect of the particle size reduction of APP is explained by the better distribution of the particles in the polymer matrix and by the modified degradation mechanism which results in the formation of an effectively protecting carbonaceous foam accompanied with improved mechanical resistance. Nevertheless, 10% higher tensile strength was measured for the flame retarded PP compound when as-received APP was substituted by milled APP.

  20. Radiation-chemical synthesis of polypropylene fabrics with sulfonic acid functional groups

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    Cho, Hyun Kug; Park, Jung Soo; Han, Do Hung, E-mail: dhhan@yumail.ac.kr; Bondar, Iuliia, E-mail: juliavad@yahoo.co

    2011-04-01

    A sorption-active material carrying sulfonic acid groups was synthesized by the radiation-induced graft polymerization of styrene monomer onto the surface of non-woven polypropylene fabric, followed by sulfonation of the grafted polystyrene chains. The effect of the main experimental parameters (absorbed dose, monomer concentration, reaction time) on the styrene degree of grafting was investigated. The sulfonation process with 5% chlorosulfonic acid at room temperature was investigated in detail and the optimal sulfonation conditions for the samples with a medium degree of grafting (70-140%) were determined. Densities of 3.5-5 meq/g were obtained by applying those sorption-active PP fabrics with a sulfonic acid group.

  1. Polypropylene/natural rubber thermoplastic vulcanizates by eco-friendly and sustainable electron induced reactive processing

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    Mondal, Manas; Gohs, Uwe; Wagenknecht, Udo; Heinrich, Gert

    2013-07-01

    TPVs are a special class of thermoplastic and elastomer blend where cross-linking of elastomeric phase takes place during melt mixing process known as dynamic vulcanization (DV). A 50/50 blend of natural rubber (NR) and polypropylene (PP) were dynamically vulcanized using Electron Induced Reactive Processing (EIReP) as a function of absorbed dose (150, 250, and 350 kGy) at fixed electron energy (1.5 MeV) and dose per rotation. Different methods like tensile test, DSC, melt rheology, and SEM have been employed to understand the structure-property relationship of the prepared samples. The results suggest that EIReP is a novel technique to offer handful of additional features without compromising the end user property.

  2. Short Jute Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Composites: Effect of Nonhalogenated Fire Retardants

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    Sk. Sharfuddin Chestee

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Short jute fiber reinforced polypropylene (PP composites were prepared using a single screw extrusion moulding. Jute fiber content in the composites is optimized with the extent of mechanical properties, and composites with 20% jute show higher mechanical properties. Dissimilar concentrations of several fire retardants (FRs, such as magnesium oxide (MO, aluminum oxide (AO, and phosphoric acid (PA, were used in the composites. The addition of MO, AO, and PA improved the fire retardancy properties (ignition time, flame height, and total firing time of the composites. Ignition time for 30% MO, flame height for 30% PA, and total firing time for 20% MO content composites showed good results which were 8 sec, 1 inch, and 268 sec, respectively. Mechanical properties (tensile strength, tensile modulus, bending strength, bending modulus, and elongation at break, degradation properties (soil test, weathering test, and percentage of weight loss, and water uptake were studied.

  3. OSCILLATORY SHEAR-ACCELERATED EXFOLIATION OF GRAPHITE IN POLYPROPYLENE MELT DURING INJECTION MOLDING

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    Nan Li; Wei Cheng; Kun Ren; Feng Luo; Ke Wang; Qiang Fu

    2013-01-01

    In this study,good dispersion status of graphite in a nonpolar,intractable polymer,i.e.polypropylene (PP),was realized in melt processing by using a specific dynamic packing injection molding (DPIM) technique.The exfoliation extent of graphite increased remarkably from the skin zone to the core zone of the molded part,as confirmed by combination of WAXD,SEM and TEM analyses,indicating an accelerated exfoliation occurred during the DPIM processing.This phenomenon is due to decreased melt flow channel and increased melt viscosity as the solidification takes place from the wall into the center,which leads to greatly increased shear force.The good dispersion of graphite results in obvious reinforcements of both tensile strength and impact strength by adding moderate amount of graphite.The present study proposes a promising route for realizing the large-scale fabrication of structural parts of polymer/exfoliated-graphite nanocomposites with excellent mechanical properties.

  4. Numerical Simulation and Analysis of CO2 Removal in a Polypropylene Hollow Fiber Membrane Contactor

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    Zhien Zhang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This present study shows a comprehensive 2D numerical model for removal of CO2 in a polypropylene (PP hollow fiber membrane contactor (HFMC using the computational fluid dynamics (CFD method. Monoethanolamine (MEA solution was used as the liquid absorbent in a nonwetting mode. The simulation results represented that higher liquid velocity and concentration and lower gas velocity and concentration led to higher percent of CO2 removal. The most proper parameters for CO2 removal were less than 1 mol m−3 gas concentration and 0.2 m s−1 gas flow rate, and for MEA the values were above 8 mol m−3 concentration and approximately 1 m s−1 liquid velocity. Furthermore, the model was validated with the experiment results. Therefore, the modeling results provided references to the selection of absorbents and operation parameters in the experimental study and pilot-scale applications.

  5. Polypropylene – zinc oxide nanorod hybrid material for applications in separation processes

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    Jakubiak Szymon

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Hybrid filter material was obtained via modification of polypropylene (PP nonwoven with nanosize zinc oxide particles of a high aspect ratio. Modification was conducted as a three-step process, a variant of hydrothermal method used for synthesis of nano-ZnO, adopted for coating three dimensional polymeric nonwoven filters. The process consisted of plasma treatment of nonwoven to increase its wettability, deposition of ZnO nanoparticles and low temperature hydrothermal growth of ZnO rods. The modified nonwovens were investigated by a high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM. It has been found that the obtained hybrid filters offer a higher filtration efficiency, in particular for so called most penetrating particle sizes.

  6. Effect of injection molding cycle time on surface properties of polypropylene

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    Kobayashi, Yutaka; Kanai, Toshitaka

    This paper deals with the effect of shortening injection molding cycle time on morphology and properties of the compounded materials of polypropylene (PP), ethylene propylene rubber (EPR) and talc. Recently, shear rate and cooling speed in injection molding for automotive parts have been increasing because of higher productivity. Orientation and crystallinity in the skin layer, which were measured by a polarizing optical microscope and wide angle X-ray diffraction, increased when shortening the cycle time. Phenomenon of bleeding out additives was observed for the evaluation of surface properties by ATR-FTIR. For decreasing resin temperature, higher crystallinity restricted diffusion of additives at the same position in the injection molded plaques. But comparing the gate with the flow end, the difference of bleeding in the position was controlled by the other factors.

  7. Multifractal analysis of the fracture surfaces of foamed polypropylene/polyethylene blends

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    Liu, Chuang; Jiang, Xiu-Lei; Liu, Tao; Zhao, Ling; Zhou, Wei-Xing; Yuan, Wei-Kang

    2009-01-01

    The two-dimensional multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis is applied to reveal the multifractal properties of the fracture surfaces of foamed polypropylene/polyethylene (PP/PE) blends at different temperatures. Nice power-law scaling relationship between the detrended fluctuation function Fq and the scale s is observed for different orders q and the scaling exponent h(q) is found to be a nonlinear function of q, confirming the presence of multifractality in the fracture surfaces. The multifractal spectra f(α) are obtained numerically through Legendre transform. The shape of the multifractal spectrum of singularities can be well captured by the width of spectrum Δα and the difference of dimension Δf. With the increase of the PE content, the fracture surface becomes more irregular and complex, as is manifested by the facts that Δα increases and Δf decreases from positive to negative. A qualitative interpretation is provided based on the foaming process.

  8. Statistical analysis of partial discharges evolved during aging of synthetic nanofilled polypropylene

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    Basappa, Prathap; Taylor, Charles M.; Watson, Antwarn E.; Dhara, Rohitha

    2015-08-01

    Introduction of nanofillers into polypropylene matrix has shown to improve the partial discharge resistance and breakdown strength. This work details the various statistical techniques that can be used to effectively analyze and forecast PD data obtained. PP samples made of base polymer and loaded with 1%, 2%, 4% and 8% synthetic nanofillers were aged under surface partial discharges. The acquired partial discharge pulse amplitude spectra were quantified in terms of Weibull scale (α) and shape (β) parameters. The sequential observations of these parameters collected at regular intervals of time constituted the two time series which are used here to analyze the PD data. The theoretical framework for analyzing & forecasting time series of Weibull shape and scale parameters of partial discharge pulse amplitude spectra using the auto & cross correlations to arrive at parsimonious models that can be used to analyze and forecast the data are presented.

  9. Replication of micro-sized pillars in polypropylene using the extrusion coating process

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    Okulova, Nastasia; Johansen, Peter; Christensen, Lars

    2017-01-01

    A recent advancement in nano-pattern replication using roll-to-roll extrusion coating (R2R-EC) shows potential for many biomimetic applications. For further development of the technique a study of the micro-replication regime is carried out. In this study a full and partial replication in polypro......A recent advancement in nano-pattern replication using roll-to-roll extrusion coating (R2R-EC) shows potential for many biomimetic applications. For further development of the technique a study of the micro-replication regime is carried out. In this study a full and partial replication...... in polypropylene (PP) of micro-sized pillars has been demonstrated using the extrusion coating process. The replication fidelity of the pillars is investigated in a systematic variation of different process parameters: the line-speed of the rolls, the extruder output, the cooling roll temperature and the pressure...

  10. Marangoni effects in aqueous polypropylene glycol foams.

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    Tan, Su Nee; Fornasiero, Daniel; Sedev, Rossen; Ralston, John

    2005-06-15

    The foam behavior of three polypropylene glycols covering the molecular weight range between 192 and 725 g/mol has been examined. Static and dynamic surface tension data, as well as bubble size distribution and retention time in the foam, were incorporated into a simple model of foam stability. The latter clearly indicates that surface tension differences between the plateau border and lamellar region adjacent to the bubble surface are the dominant factor in controlling foamability, causing liquid flow in the direction opposite to liquid drainage, a process termed the Marangoni effect.

  11. ALA-induced PpIX fluorescence in epileptogenic tissue

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    Kleen, Jonathan K.; Valdes, Pablo A.; Harris, Brent T.; Holmes, Gregory L.; Paulsen, Keith D.; Roberts, David W.

    2011-03-01

    Astrogliotic tissue displays markedly increased levels of ALA-induced PpIX fluorescence, making it useful for fluorescence-guided resection in glioma surgery. In patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and corresponding animal models, there are areas of astrogliosis that often co-localize with the epileptic focus, which can be resected to eliminate seizures in the majority of treated patients. If this epileptogenic tissue can exhibit PpIX fluorescence that is sufficiently localized, it could potentially help identify margins in epilepsy surgery. We tested the hypothesis that ALA-induced PpIX fluorescence could visually accentuate epileptogenic tissue, using an established animal model of chronic TLE. An acute dose of pilocarpine was used to induce chronic seizure activity in a rat. This rat and a normal control were given ALA, euthanized, and brains examined post-mortem for PpIX fluorescence and neuropathology. Preliminary evidence indicates increased PpIX fluorescence in areas associated with chronic epileptic changes and seizure generation in TLE, including the hippocampus and parahippocampal areas. In addition, strong PpIX fluorescence was clearly observed in layer II of the piriform cortex, a region known for epileptic reorganization and involvement in the generation of seizures in animal studies. We are further investigating whether ALA-induced PpIX fluorescence can consistently identify epileptogenic zones, which could warrant the extension of this technique to clinical studies for use as an adjuvant guidance technology in the resection of epileptic tissue.

  12. Influence of processing conditions on the morphology of expanded perlite/polypropylene composites

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    Mattausch, H., E-mail: hannelore.mattausch@unileoben.ac.at, E-mail: stephan.laske@unileoben.ac.at; Laske, S., E-mail: hannelore.mattausch@unileoben.ac.at, E-mail: stephan.laske@unileoben.ac.at; Holzer, C., E-mail: clemens.holzer@unileoben.ac.at [Chair of Polymer Processing, Department of Polymer Engineering and Science, Montanuniversitaet Leoben (Austria); Cirar, K., E-mail: kristin.cirar@unileoben.ac.at, E-mail: helmut.flachberger@unileoben.ac.at; Flachberger, H., E-mail: kristin.cirar@unileoben.ac.at, E-mail: helmut.flachberger@unileoben.ac.at [Chair of Mineral Processing, Department Mineral Resources and Petroleum Engineering , Montanuniversitaet Leoben (Austria)

    2014-05-15

    Perlite is an oversaturated, volcanic, glassy rock, which has chemically bound water from 2 to 5 wt%. Upon heating, perlite can be expanded up to 20 times of its original volume. Important applications are in the field of building industry, in refrigeration engineering or the pharmaceutical industry. As mineral filler in polymers, expanded perlite can increase the thermal conductivity, the viscosity and the mechanical properties of polypropylene composites. But there are still many challenges that must be analyzed to reach the full potential of those composites. This research work focuses on the morphology of expanded perlite/polypropylene (PP) compounds and the interactions between filler and polymer. To achieve good performance a homogenous dispersion of the filler in the polymer matrix is needed because the enhancement of the material correlates strongly with the morphology of the composite. Therefore it is necessary to characterize the microstructure of these materials in order to establish adequate structure-process-property relationships. The expanded perlite/PP composites were compounded with a co-rotating twin screw extruder Theysohn TSK 30/40D. For producing the closed cell expanded perlite a new technology, the bublon process, was used. For the material characterization two particles sizes were chosen and the filler content was varied at 5, 10 and 15 wt%. For the analysis of the effects of the screw geometry, two setups have been chosen for the processing of the materials. The produced materials were analyzed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and tensile testing. The results show a reinforcement effect of the filler and differences in the inner structure of expanded perlite and in the morphology.

  13. Influence of processing conditions on the morphology of expanded perlite/polypropylene composites

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    Mattausch, H.; Laske, S.; Cirar, K.; Flachberger, H.; Holzer, C.

    2014-05-01

    Perlite is an oversaturated, volcanic, glassy rock, which has chemically bound water from 2 to 5 wt%. Upon heating, perlite can be expanded up to 20 times of its original volume. Important applications are in the field of building industry, in refrigeration engineering or the pharmaceutical industry. As mineral filler in polymers, expanded perlite can increase the thermal conductivity, the viscosity and the mechanical properties of polypropylene composites. But there are still many challenges that must be analyzed to reach the full potential of those composites. This research work focuses on the morphology of expanded perlite/polypropylene (PP) compounds and the interactions between filler and polymer. To achieve good performance a homogenous dispersion of the filler in the polymer matrix is needed because the enhancement of the material correlates strongly with the morphology of the composite. Therefore it is necessary to characterize the microstructure of these materials in order to establish adequate structure-process-property relationships. The expanded perlite/PP composites were compounded with a co-rotating twin screw extruder Theysohn TSK 30/40D. For producing the closed cell expanded perlite a new technology, the bublon process, was used. For the material characterization two particles sizes were chosen and the filler content was varied at 5, 10 and 15 wt%. For the analysis of the effects of the screw geometry, two setups have been chosen for the processing of the materials. The produced materials were analyzed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and tensile testing. The results show a reinforcement effect of the filler and differences in the inner structure of expanded perlite and in the morphology.

  14. Comparative Study Of The Preparation Of Maleic Anhydride-g-Polypropylene By Two Grafting Processes Using Peroxide; Estudo comparativo de dois processos de graftizacao de polipropileno com anidrido maleico utilizando peroxidos

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    Sakahara, R.M.; Wang, S.H., E-mail: sakahara@usp.b, E-mail: wangshui@usp.b [Universidade de Sao Paulo (EPUSP), SP (Brazil). Escola Politecnica. Dept. de Engenharia Metalurgica e de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    The Polypropylene grafting with Maleic anhydride is a thoroughly known technique. Its wide application is due, mainly,to the controlled changing in the polarity of this polymer, which increases the interfacial adhesion in blends and compounds. In this study, two grafting processes were compared. In the first, the maleic anhydride was grafted on polypropylene in a solution batch process, carried out in a round-bottom vessel. The second approach was carried out by reactive extrusion of polypropylene in the presence of peroxide and maleic anhydride. The samples thus prepared were characterized by DSC, TGA, FTIR, WAXS, EDS e SEM. It was possible to conclude that the solution technique was more efficient than the reactive extrusion; however the later was easier to accomplish due to the high viscosity of PP. (author)

  15. MEASUREMENT AND MODELLING OF SORPTION EQUILIBRIUM CURVE OF WATER ON PA6, PP, HDPE AND PVC BY USING FLORY-HUGGINS MODEL

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    Suherman Suherman

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The sorption of water on granular polyamide-6 (PA6, granular polypropylene (PP, and powdery high density polyethylene (HDPE and powdery polyvinyl chloride (PVC were measured using a gravimetric method in a magnetic suspension balance (MSB. The Flory-Huggins model was successfully applied on the sorption equilibrium curve of all investigated polymers. The influence of temperature is low. The value of Flory-Huggins parameters(c of PA6, PVC, PP and HDPE were 1.8, 5.8, 6.3, and 8.1, respectively. The water in PA6 is mainly bound moisture, while in PP, HDPE and PVC it is mainly surface moisture.

  16. Synthesis by irradiation and mechanism and structural characterization study of high melt strength polypropylene; Estudos da sintese por irradiacao, da estrutura e do mecanismo de formacao do polipropileno com alta resistencia do fundido

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    Lugao, Ademar Benevolo

    2004-07-01

    Polypropylene molecular structure is made only by linear molecules interacting by weak forces. The resulting PP has very low melt strength (MS). MS is important to make feasible to process PP by all the transformation technologies based on the free expansion of the melt. The aim of this work was to develop a new process to synthesize PP with crosslinks and/or long chain branches, known as High Melt Strength Polypropylene (HMSPP) and to characterize its structure and synthesis mechanism. HMSPP was obtained by the irradiation of PP under a crosslinking (acetylene) atmosphere or inert or oxidative one, followed by thermal treatment for radical recombination and thermal treatment for annihilation of the remaining radicals under reactive or inert atmosphere. The results from rheological characterization showed that the highest levels of MS were obtained by conducting irradiation and thermal treatments under crosslinking atmospheres. The results for the elucidation of reaction mechanism by electron spin resonance (ESR) showed that acetylene irradiation is effective in promoting the creation of double bonds, based on the formation of polyenil radicals. The results of structural unraveling showed that radiation promotes predominantly the degradation of atactic molecules or molecules with atactic defects. These results support the hypothesis of formation of branched PP molecules based on the reaction of those fragments with the double bonds created in the PP molecules. (author)

  17. Evaluation of the effect of the incorporation of rubber tire waste particles on the properties of PP, HIPS and PP/HIPS matrices

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    Larissa Stieven Montagna

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, the consumption of plastics has been increasing and as consequence, the waste generated has also increased. Rubber tire (RT waste is another residue which causes significant problems to society. In view of the considerable amounts of RT waste generated, this study aimed to evaluate the influence of the incorporation of RT particles into post-consumer thermoplastic matrices such as polypropylene (PP, high impact polystyrene (HIPS and PP/HIPS blends and the modification of the physical, morphological, rheological and mechanical properties. The particle sizes of the RT used were <500 and 500-1000 μm. The RT content was 10% w/w and the weight ratio for the PP/HIPS blend was 4/1, with processing by injection molding. The results showed that the smaller (500 μm particle size led to a decrease in the melt flow rate (MFR of the PP/RT composites (increased viscosity and an increase for the HIPS/RT composites. On the other hand, the larger particles (1000 μm led to a decrease in the mechanical performance of the PP/RT and HIPS/RT blends when compared with the neat polymers (PP and HIPS post-consumer. The observed decrease in the mechanical properties of these composites was due to weak filler/matrix interactions, which can be visualized in images by scanning electron microscopy (SEM of the fracture surface after tensile testing.

  18. 微发泡PP/云母粉复合材料的发泡行为%Foaming Behavior of Microfoam PP/Mica Composite

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    龚维; 丁彤; 何颖; 朱建华; 何力

    2011-01-01

    采用化学发泡法,以异相成核理论为基础,研究不同含量云母粉对PP/云母粉复合材料发泡行为的影响,制备了微发泡PP/云母粉复合材料.结果表明:随云母粉含量的增加,泡孔平均直径逐渐减小,泡孔密度逐渐增加.云母粉质量含量为8%时,可得到泡孔直径22.1 μm左右、泡孔密度接近2.7×107的微发泡聚丙烯材料,可以作为聚丙烯发泡的良好发泡体系.%Effect of different content mica on foaming behavior of microfoam PP/Mica composite was studied by heterogeneous nucleation theory.Microfoam PP/Mica composite was prepared.The results indicated that with the increasing of mica content, cell diameter decreased gradually, cell density increased gradually.The polypropylene foam with cells about 22.1 μm in size and cell density of near 2.7 × 107cells/cm3 was produced by the use of PP/mica foaming system with 8wt % content,there was ideal foaming system in PP composite.

  19. UTILIZATION OF MICRO SISAL FIBERS AS REINFORCEMENT AGENT AND POLYPROPYLENE OR POLYLACTIC ACID AS POLYMER MATRICES IN BIOCOMPOSITES MANUFACTURE

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    Subyakto Subyakto

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Sisal (Agave sisalana as a perennial tropical plant grows abundantly in Indonesia. Its fibers can be used as the reinforcement agent of biocomposite products. Utilization of sisal as natural fiber has some notable benefits compared to synthetic fibers, such as renewable, light in weight, and low in cost. Manufacture of biocomposite requires the use of matrix such as thermoplastic polymer, e.g. polypropylene (PP and polylactic acid (PLA to bond together with the reinforcement agent (e.g. sisal fibers. In relevant, experiment was conducted on biocomposites manufacture that comprised sisal fibers and PP as well as PLA. Sisal fibers were converted into pulp, then refined to micro-size fibrillated fibers such that their diameter reduced to about 10 μm, and dried in an oven. The dry microfibrillated sisal pulp fibers cellulose (MSFC were thoroughly mixed with either PP or PLA with varying ratios of MSFC/PP as well as MSFC/PLA, and then shaped into the mat (i.e. MSFC-PP and MSFC-PLA biocomposites. Two kinds of shaping was employed, i.e. hot-press molding and injection molding. In the hot-press molding, the ratio of  MSFC/PP as well as MSFC/PLA ranged about 30/70-50/50. Meanwhile in the injection (employed only on assembling the MSFC-PLA biocomposite, the ratio of MSFC/PLA varied about 10/90-30/70. The resulting shaped MSFC-PP and MSFC-PLA biocomposites were then tested of its physical and mechanical properties. With the hot-press molding device, the physical and mechanical (strength properties of MSFC-PLA biocomposite were higher than those of  MSFC-PP biocomposite. The optimum ratio of  MSFC/PP as well as MSFC/PLA reached concurrently at 40/60. The strengths of MSFC-PP as well as MSFC-PLA biocomposites were greater than those of individual polymer (PP and PLA. With the injection molding device, only the MSFC-PLA  biocomposite  was formed  and its strengths  reached  maximum  at 30/70  ratio.  The particular strengths (MOR and MOE of MSFC

  20. Fabrication of PP-g-PEGMA-g-heparin and its hemocompatibility: From protein adsorption to anticoagulant tendency

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    Jin Jing [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Jiang Wei, E-mail: wjiang@ciac.jl.cn [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Shi Qiang [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Zhao Jie [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Yin Jinghua, E-mail: yinjh@ciac.jl.cn [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Stagnaro, Paola [Istituto per Io Studio delle Macromolecole, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via de Marini 6, 16149 Genova (Italy)

    2012-05-15

    We described a two-step process to fabricate the heparinized polypropylene (PP) film using cyanuric chloride (CC) as a trifunctional reagent and poly (ethylene glycol) methacrylate (PEGMA) as a spacer. The modified PP films were characterized by attenuated total reflectance FT-IR and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; the content of PEGMA and heparin were determined by gravimetric method and a toluidine blue assay, respectively. For the PP-g-PEGMA films, it was found that small size protein BSA tended to adsorb on the surface of low molecular weight monomer grafted PP, whereas big spindle-shaped fibrinogen tended to adsorb on the surface of high molecular weight monomer grafted PP. We gave a definition of anti-protein adsorptive factor r with two model proteins, albumin and fibrinogen. The results by platelet adhesion and plasma recalcification time (PRT) experiments indicated that the factor r could be used to quantitatively evaluate the anticoagulant tendency of PP-g-PEGMA modified films. For the PP-g-PEGMA-g-heparin modified films, the surface was proved to have a high bioactivity by the adsorption of AT III assay and very low platelet adhesion. It indicated that immobilization of heparin on the PP film with PEGMA as a spacer was an effective way to improve the hemocompatibility of PP.