This work aims to investigate the fire performance of novel polyethylene-based single polymer composites. Fumed silica nanoparticles and magnesium hydroxide microfiller were added at an optimized concentration to a linear low-density polyethylene matrix, which was then reinforced with ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibers. Through the optimization of the production process, it was possible to limit the porosity inside the single polymer composites, thus retaining the pristine mechanical properties of the fibers. The addition of SiO2 and magnesium hydroxide determined an increase in the elastic modulus in both the longitudinal and transversal direction, but it concurrently led to a reduction in ductility, especially in the transversal direction. The fillers were proved to bring interesting improvements of the thermal degradation resistance and of the flame behaviour. Thermogravimetric analysis tests highlighted an increase in the onset degradation temperature and in the temperature associated to the maximum degradation rate. Moreover, both the oxidation onset temperature and limiting oxygen index were considerably improved. Cone calorimetry tests evidenced that filled single polymer composites were characterized by lower peak heat release rate and total heat released with respect to neat single polymer composites.

Polyethylene-based single polymer laminates: Synergistic effects of nanosilica and metal hydroxides / Dorigato, Andrea; Fredi, Giulia; Fambri, Luca; Lopez Cuesta, Jose Marie; Pegoretti, Alessandro. - In: JOURNAL OF REINFORCED PLASTICS AND COMPOSITES. - ISSN 0731-6844. - 38:2(2019), pp. 62-73. [10.1177/0731684418802974]

Polyethylene-based single polymer laminates: Synergistic effects of nanosilica and metal hydroxides

Dorigato, Andrea;Fredi, Giulia;Fambri, Luca;Lopez Cuesta, Jose Marie;Pegoretti, Alessandro
2019

Abstract

This work aims to investigate the fire performance of novel polyethylene-based single polymer composites. Fumed silica nanoparticles and magnesium hydroxide microfiller were added at an optimized concentration to a linear low-density polyethylene matrix, which was then reinforced with ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibers. Through the optimization of the production process, it was possible to limit the porosity inside the single polymer composites, thus retaining the pristine mechanical properties of the fibers. The addition of SiO2 and magnesium hydroxide determined an increase in the elastic modulus in both the longitudinal and transversal direction, but it concurrently led to a reduction in ductility, especially in the transversal direction. The fillers were proved to bring interesting improvements of the thermal degradation resistance and of the flame behaviour. Thermogravimetric analysis tests highlighted an increase in the onset degradation temperature and in the temperature associated to the maximum degradation rate. Moreover, both the oxidation onset temperature and limiting oxygen index were considerably improved. Cone calorimetry tests evidenced that filled single polymer composites were characterized by lower peak heat release rate and total heat released with respect to neat single polymer composites.
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Dorigato, Andrea; Fredi, Giulia; Fambri, Luca; Lopez Cuesta, Jose Marie; Pegoretti, Alessandro
Polyethylene-based single polymer laminates: Synergistic effects of nanosilica and metal hydroxides / Dorigato, Andrea; Fredi, Giulia; Fambri, Luca; Lopez Cuesta, Jose Marie; Pegoretti, Alessandro. - In: JOURNAL OF REINFORCED PLASTICS AND COMPOSITES. - ISSN 0731-6844. - 38:2(2019), pp. 62-73. [10.1177/0731684418802974]
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