Mechanical Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Organically Modified Montmorillonites in UV Curable Urethane Acrylate Films

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-19-2004

Abstract

UV curable films were reinforced with an organically modified montmorillonite (MMT). The organically modified MMTs were prepared by an ion exchange process, in which sodium ions were replaced by alkyl ammonium ions. Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTMA) modified clays gave rise to better intercalated clay morphology. The microstructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Physical properties were examined by real time infrared spectroscopy (RTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), photo-DSC, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA). Some tensile properties were also reported. Thermal and mechanical properties were generally improved with nanoclay reinforcements. The effects of nanoclays on the properties of UV curable films are critically evaluated in this paper.

Publication Title

Polymer

Volume

45

Issue

18

First Page

6175

Last Page

6187