Nanocomposite thermoplastic polymer sheets for medical applications

Nick Watzeels, Hubert Rahier, Hans Miltner, Guy Van Assche, Bruno Van Mele

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Small scale midi-extruder runs were continued by FYSC on PCL in combination with several types of nanoclays and carbon nanotubes (CNT).
Several series of samples were made for an optimization of the extrusion process conditions (influence residence time, influence set point temperature, influence loading), a selection of the best nanoclay and a selection of the best nanotubes.

For each nanocomposite prepared by FYSC, the mechanical properties of the samples are tested first. Depending on these properties, selected samples will be studied in more detail. The morphology is studied with Field Emission Gun-Scanning Electron Microscopy (FEG-SEM) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD). The rheological properties are studied with rheometry. The thermal properties and transitions of these selected samples will be examined with Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Modulated Temperature DSC (MTDSC). The DSC data will be used for the crystallization kinetics modeling.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages40
EditionActivity report 2007
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2008


  • PCL
  • nanocomposites
  • Morphology


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