Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 129, Issue 2, pp 1029–1037 | Cite as

Thermal degradation and flammability of polyamide 11 filled with nanoboehmite

  • Laurent Ferry
  • Rodolphe Sonnier
  • José-Marie Lopez-Cuesta
  • Sylvain Petigny
  • Christophe Bert


The flame-retardant effect of rod-like nanoboehmite was evaluated in biobased polyamide 11. Thermal analysis reveals that hydrated nanofillers modify the degradation pathway of polyamide 11 turning from a two-step to a single-step mechanism. The polymer thermal stability is increased due to interactions between polar groups and filler surface hydroxyl groups. Despite this improved thermal stability, polyamide 11/nanoboehmite composites exhibit shorter times to ignition in cone calorimeter. The phenomenon was attributed to changes in thermoradiative properties leading to a faster heating of the polymer surface. The most significant flame-retardant action is a reduction in heat release rate that was related to a barrier effect while endothermic water release seems to play a minor role.


Polyamide 11 Nanoboehmite Thermal degradation Flammability Flame retardant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre des Matériaux des Mines d’Alès C2MAEcole des Mines d’AlèsAlès CedexFrance
  2. 2.Saint-Gobain, CREECavaillon CedexFrance

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