Canadian Plastics

Nanocomposite combines clay additive with nylon

RTP Company has produced the first commercially-available product to incorporate organo-clay hybrids into nylon via compounding. A major advantage of the nanocomposite is the increase in heat deflecti...

August 1, 1999   Canadian Plastics



RTP Company has produced the first commercially-available product to incorporate organo-clay hybrids into nylon via compounding. A major advantage of the nanocomposite is the increase in heat deflection temperature (53 percent) over the unfilled resin with very little change in specific gravity. The increase in HDT is comparable to a 20 to 30 percent load of a standard mineral-filled compound, says RTP.

This form of nanocomposite has a mere three to five percent loading, producing lightweight parts with impact strength similar to the unfilled resin. The additive is an organically-treated mica-like clay that separates into microscopic platelets and disperses evenly through the resin.

An additional benefit is enhanced barrier properties against moisture, gasses and fragrances.

RTP Company

800/433-4787

(Circle 127)


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