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The properties of reactive hot melt polyurethane adhesives modified with novel thermoplastic polyurethanes



A reactive hot melt adhesive (RHMA) consisting of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) was modified with sodium montmorillonite (Na-MMT) intercalated with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), and their effects on the adhesion, rheological, and mechanical properties of the RHMA were examined. The Na-MMT intercalated with PEG (Na-MMT/PEG) effectively enhanced the initial bond strength development of the RHMA, although the amounts of Na-MMT/PEG in the RHMA were less than 0.2%. The increase of the complex viscosity and pseudo-solid like behavior observed at low shear rate indicates that there are intimate interactions between the RHMA molecules and Na-MMT/PEG. The improved modulus and tensile strength of the cured RHMA film in the presence of Na-MMT/PEG demonstrates that Na-MMT/PEG effectively reinforced the RHMA. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2009