This paper describes the development of an advanced computational (FE-based) model for capturing the morphology evolution and macroscopic behaviour of intercalated polymer-clay nanocomposites during semi-solid state processing. Its unique feature is that it accounts for the clay slippage phenomenon observed experimentally during processing using a physically-sound cohesive zone approach. As a result, the model is useful for predicting the most optimum processing conditions for the exfoliation of clay stacks during product forming. Second author was invited to give a seminar talk at the Materials Modelling Colloquium Series at the University of Stuttgart (Germany), December 2012.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Composites Science and Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Feb 2013|