Development of HDPE/EPDM-g-TMEVS nanocomposites with enhanced electrical and flame properties



Nanoclay reinforced HDPE/silane grafted EPDM composites have been developed using an epoxy functionalized HDPE as compatibilizer.The nanoclay has been varied from 0% to 10% in the composites along with the incorporation of compatibilizer and without compatibilizer in a brabender plasticorder.The dielectric and fire retardant properties of these nanocomposites have been examined. Addition of nanoclay enhanced char formation with increased values of limiting oxygen index. Electrical properties such as volume and surface Resistivity improved with addition of nanoclay and compatibilizer. The values of tan δ increased with increase in grafted EPDM and silanated nanoclay loading. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013