To improve creep resistance of directional polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) films, epoxy grafted nano-SiO2 is mixed with PTFE powder before sintering and calender rolling. The aligned macromolecular chains (especially those in amorphous region) of the composite films can be bundled up by the nanoparticles to share the applied stress together. In addition, incorporation of silica nanoparticles increases crystallinity of PTFE and favors microfibrillation of PTFE in the course of large deformation. As result, PTFE films exhibit lower creep strain and creep rate, and higher tensile strength and hardness. The work is believed to open an avenue for manufacturing high performance fluoropolymers by nano-inclusions.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Chinese Journal of Polymer Science (English Edition)|
|Publication status||Published - jan. 1 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics