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Polymer matrix composites with nanoparticles of TiC obtained by a sol-gel method

Katarzyna Konopka 1Anna Biedunkiewicz 2Anna Boczkowska 1Z. Roslaniec 2Krzysztof J. Kurzydlowski 1

1. Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering (InMat), Wołoska 141, Warszawa 02-507, Poland
2. Technical University of Szczecin, Institute of Materials Engineering, Al. Piastow, Szczecin 70-310, Poland


Nanoparticles of carbides, nitrides and carbonitrides can be used to reinforce polymer matrix nanocomposites with desirable strength, hardness, corrosion and wear resistance. To achieve these of desirable properties polymer matrix and nanoparticles need to be optimised.
In the present paper the nanocomposites with polymer matrix were analysed. TiC nanoparticles as reinforcement were produced by sol-gel method. The nanocomposites were obtained in situ, in the reaction mixture and synthesizing copolymers (PEE).
For characterization of TiC nanoparticles, the atomic force microscope (AFM) was used. Microstructure of the composites was observed using a scanning electron microscope. Tensile properties were measured by tensile tests. Moreover, the abrasive wear of nanocomposites was measured. For comparison also samples of polymer were analysed and composites with submicron size of TiC particles.
Results showed that nano-TiC particles in the polymer matrix improve strength, and wear resistance. The results are discussed in terms of size of TiC particles on the properties of bulk composites.


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Presentation: poster at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2004, Symposium G, by Katarzyna Konopka
See On-line Journal of E-MRS Fall Meeting 2004

Submitted: 2004-05-18 15:06
Revised:   2009-06-08 12:55