Mechanics of Composite Materials

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 45–54 | Cite as

A nanocomposite based on a styrene-acrylate copolymer and native montmorillonite clay 1. Preparation, testing, and properties

  • R. D. Maksimov
  • S. Gaidukovs
  • M. Kalnins
  • J. Zicans
  • E. Plume


The preparation of a polymer nanocomposite by compounding an aqueous polymer emulsion with an aqueous dispersion of montmorillonite clay is described. A styrene-acrylate copolymer emulsion and a purified native montmorillonite clay from Latvian deposits are used. An X-ray diffraction analysis and differential scanning calorimetric thermograms are shown. Data on the influence of montmorillonite concentration on the tensile stress-strain diagram, elasticity, yield stress, breaking stress, and ultimate elongation of the processed nanocomposite material are obtained.


styrene-acrylate copolymer clay polymer nanocomposite X-ray diffraction analysis differential scanning calorimetry tension curve strength elastic modulus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Maksimov
    • 1
  • S. Gaidukovs
    • 2
  • M. Kalnins
    • 2
  • J. Zicans
    • 2
  • E. Plume
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Polymer MechanicsUniversity of LatviaRigaLatvia
  2. 2.Institute of Polymer MaterialsRiga Technical UniversityRigaLatvia

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