Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 633–640 | Cite as

The effect of multi-walled carbon nanotubes addition on the thermo-oxidative decomposition and flammability of PP/MWCNT nanocomposites

  • Azat D. RakhimkulovEmail author
  • S. M. Lomakin
  • I. L. Dubnikova
  • A. N. Shchegolikhin
  • E. Ya Davidov
  • R. Kozlowski


Studies of thermo-oxidative and fire-resistant properties of the polypropylene/multi-walled carbon nanotube composites (PP/MWCNT) prepared by melt intercalation are discussed. The effective kinetic parameters of the PP/MWCNT thermo-oxidative decomposition were computed according to the model-based kinetic analysis. The thermo-oxidative decomposition behavior of PP/MWCNT and stabilizing effect caused by addition of MWCNT has been investigated by means of TGA and EPR spectroscopy. Comparative analysis of the flammability characteristics for PP-clay/MWCNT nanocomposites was provided in order to emphasize the specific behavior of the nanocomposites.


Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Heat Release Rate Flammability Cone Calorimeter Maximum Mass Loss Rate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Azat D. Rakhimkulov
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. M. Lomakin
    • 1
  • I. L. Dubnikova
    • 2
  • A. N. Shchegolikhin
    • 1
  • E. Ya Davidov
    • 1
  • R. Kozlowski
    • 3
  1. 1.NM Emanuel Institute of Biochemical Physics of Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.NN Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics of Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Natural FibresPoznanPoland

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