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Solvent Transport Through Exfoliated Graphite Nanoplatelets (xGnP) Filled Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Copolymer Vulcanizates

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Ethylene Vinyl acetate (EVA) Nanocomposites was obtained by solution casting method taking the different weight percentage of exfoliated graphene nanoplatelet filler (0–40 wt% by weight). The solvent swelling characteristics of the composites were investigated in aromatic solvents like toluene, benzene and xylene. The effect of solvent on swelling properties at different periods of time shows that the degree of swelling increases with time and decreases with concentration of xGnP loading. The cross linking density was studied based on the swelling behaviour of the composites. A sorption experiment was carried out to study the physical changes in the polymer matrix associated with the transport of the solvents through the composites. The percentage of gel content was analysed in xylene and observed with increase filler loading. Swelling parameter was studied and the effect of filler loading on the percentage of swelling index was observed. The bound rubber (BDR) measurements, show increase in BDR contents with xGnP loading.
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Keywords: EVA; FILLER LOADING; SORPTION; SWELLING BEHAVIOUR

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2016

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