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Title: Polylactic acid (PLA)/halloysite nanotube (HNT) composite mats: Influence of HNT content and modification
Authors: Dong, Y
Marshall, J
Haroosh, HJ
Mohammadzadehmoghadam, S
Liu, D
Qi, X
Lau, KT 
Keywords: A. Nanoparticles
B. Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
C. Analytical modelling
D. Electrospinning
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing, 2015, v. 76, p. 28-36 How to cite?
Journal: Composites. Part A, Applied science and manufacturing 
Abstract: Polylactic acid (PLA)/halloysite nanotube (HNT) composite mats were successfully fabricated via electrospinning. Composite mats reinforced by both unmodified and modified HNTs with a dispersant BYK-9076 were prepared at the HNT contents of 0, 1, 5 and 10 wt%/v. The influence of HNT content and modification was investigated comprehensively, based on several characterisation techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, mechanical testing, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Typical modified Halpin-Tsai model and modified Halpin-Tsai laminate hybrid model in conventional composite theory were used, which were found difficult to predict the entire experimental data of elastic moduli for PLA/HNT composite mats, possibly arising from the nanosized effect of HNTs and some electrospun PLA nanofibres within composite mats.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/8449
ISSN: 1359-835X
DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesa.2015.05.011
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