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Mechanical properties and applications for floor tiles of a composite from clay and maleated polyethylene

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  • Toshi Otsuki,

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    1. Engineering Division, IHI Technology Service Company, Limited, 1, Shin-Nakahara-Cho, Isogo-ku, Yokohama 235-8501, Japan
    2. Environmental and Chemical Process Department, Technical Development and Engineering Center, Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Company, Limited, 1, Shin-Nakahara-Cho, Isogo-ku, Yokohama 235-8501, Japan
    • Engineering Division, IHI Technology Service Company, Limited, 1, Shin-Nakahara-Cho, Isogo-ku, Yokohama 235-8501, Japan
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  • Wulin Qiu,

    1. Institute for Marine Resources and Environment Research, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 2217-14, Hayashi-Cho, Takamatsu 761-0395, Japan
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  • Takahiro Hirotsu

    1. Institute for Marine Resources and Environment Research, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 2217-14, Hayashi-Cho, Takamatsu 761-0395, Japan
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Abstract

New composites were prepared from dried waste mud containing clay (Clay) and maleated polyethylene (MPE) by melt mixing. Scanning electron microscopy showed strong adhesion of MPE to Clay in the MPE–Clay composite, and this was probably due to the increased compatibility between MPE and Clay. With an increase in the Clay concentration to 60 wt %, the tensile strength of the MPE–Clay composite increased. Furthermore, the smaller elongation of the MPE–Clay composite indicated effective transfer of the high tensile strength of Clay to the MPE matrix through the strong adhesion between Clay and MPE. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 96: 1176–1182, 2005

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