Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Polyphenylene Sulfide/Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Composites

Zhenyu Jiang, Peter Hornsby, Rauri McCool, Adrian Murphy

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Polyphenylene sulfide (PPS)/multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) composites were prepared using a melt-blending procedure combining twin-screw extrusion with centrifugal premixing. A homogeneous dispersion of MWCNTs throughout the matrix was revealed by scanning electron microscopy for the nanocomposites with MWCNT contents ranging from 0.5 to 8.0 wt %. The mechanical properties of PPS were markedly enhanced by the incorporation of MWCNTs. Halpin-Tsai equations, modified with an efficiency factor, were used to model the elastic properties of the nanocomposites. The calculated modulus showed good agreement with the experimental data. The presence of the MWCNTs exhibited both promotion and retardation effects on the crystallization of PPS. The competition between these two effects results in an unusual change of the degree of crystallinity with increasing MWCNT content
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2676–2683
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number5
Early online date31 Aug 2011
Publication statusPublished - 05 Mar 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Chemistry(all)


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