Thermal-Mechanical Properties of Polyurethane-Clay Shape Memory Polymer Nanocomposites

Bin Xu, Yong Qing Fu*, Wei Min Huang, Yu Tao Pei, Zhenguo Chen, Jeff T.M. De Hosson, Arno Kraft, R.L. Reuben

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    Shape memory nanocomposites of polyurethane (PU)-clay were fabricated by melt mixing of PU and nano-clay. Based on nano-indentation and microhardness tests, the strength of the nanocomposites increased dramatically as a function of clay content, which is attributed to the enhanced nanoclay-polymer interactions. Thermal mechanical experiments demonstrated good mechanical and shape memory effects of the nanocomposites. Full shape memory recovery was displayed by both the pure PU and PU-clay nanocomposites.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-39
    Number of pages9
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 26-Apr-2010


    • shape memory
    • nanocomposites
    • polyurethane
    • nano-clay
    • Vickers indentation
    • microhardness

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