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Clay platelets alter the thermal properties of nylon

from SPE Plastics Research Online

By the incorporation of montmorillonite platelets, nylon nanocomposites exhibit higher melting points and modulus after melt-state annealing compared with virgin nylon. Clay can enhance the physical properties — such as stiffness, thermal stability, crystallization rate and barrier properties — of the polymers. One such natural clay, montmorillonite, has a platelet structure with average dimensions of 1 nanometer in thickness and 50-100 nanometers in diameter. more

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