Mechanical Properties and Flame-Retardant Behavior of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate/High-Density Polyethylene Coated Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposites


  • This work was supported by the Région Wallonne within the framework of the Nanotechnology project: BINANOCO. L.P.C.M. thanks the Belgian Federal Government Office Policy of Science (SSTC) for general support in the framework of the PAI-5/03. Materia Nova ASBL is grateful to the Région Wallonne and the European Union (FEDER, FSE) for financial support through the Phasing-Out of Objectif-1 Hainaut: Materia Nova.


High-density polyethylene coated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (c-MWNTs) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) have been dispersed into an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer by mechanical kneading. The effect of c-MWNTs on tensile properties, thermo-oxidative degradation, and fire behavior has been studied in comparison with virgin EVA and EVA/MWNTs nanocomposites. Due to the better dispersion of the coated nanotubes, the incorporation of 3 wt % of c-MWNTs leads to an increase of the Young's modulus, the cohesion of the combustion residues, and a decrease of the peak heat-release rate.