The effect of multi-walled carbon nanotubes addition on the thermo-oxidative decomposition and flammability of PP/MWCNT nanocomposites
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- Rakhimkulov, A.D., Lomakin, S.M., Dubnikova, I.L. et al. J Mater Sci (2010) 45: 633. doi:10.1007/s10853-009-3977-7
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Studies of thermo-oxidative and fire-resistant properties of the polypropylene/multi-walled carbon nanotube composites (PP/MWCNT) prepared by melt intercalation are discussed. The effective kinetic parameters of the PP/MWCNT thermo-oxidative decomposition were computed according to the model-based kinetic analysis. The thermo-oxidative decomposition behavior of PP/MWCNT and stabilizing effect caused by addition of MWCNT has been investigated by means of TGA and EPR spectroscopy. Comparative analysis of the flammability characteristics for PP-clay/MWCNT nanocomposites was provided in order to emphasize the specific behavior of the nanocomposites.