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Tribological and mechanical properties of polyamide-11/halloysite nanotube nanocomposites

Abstract : This article reports some morphological, tribological, and mechanical data on polyamide-11(PA11)/ halloysite nanotube (HNT) nanocomposites prepared by melt-compounding. HNTs extracted from the Djebel Deb- bagh deposit in Algeria were incorporated into the polymer at 1, 3, and 5 wt%. For comparison, commercial HNTs were also used under the same processing conditions. Scanning electron microscopy showed that both HNTs were homogeneously dispersed in the PA11 matrix, despite the presence of few aggregates, in particular at higher filler contents. The tribological properties were significantly improved, resulting in a decrease in the friction coefficient and the wear rate characteristics due to the lubricating effect of HNTs. This is consistent with optical profilometry data, which evidenced the impact of both types of HNTs on the surface topography of the nanocomposite samples, in which the main wear process was plastic deformation. Furthermore, Young’s modulus and tensile strength were observed to increase with the filler content, but to the detriment of elongation at break and impact strength. Regarding the whole data, the raw Algerian halloysite led to interesting results in PA11 nanocomposites, thus reveal- ing its potential in polymer engineering nanotechnology.
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Mohamed Sahnoune, Mustapha Kaci, Aurélie Taguet, Karl Delbé, Samir Mouffok, et al.. Tribological and mechanical properties of polyamide-11/halloysite nanotube nanocomposites. Journal of Polymer Engineering, De Gruyter, 2019, 39 (1), pp.25-34. ⟨10.1515/polyeng-2018-0131⟩. ⟨hal-02359810⟩

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