Chemistry Journal of Moldova

COMPARATIVE KINETICS STUDY OF THE THERMAL AND THERMO-OXIDATIVE DEGRADATION OF A POLYSTYRENE-CLAY NANOCOMPOZITE BY TGA AND DSC

Author(s):

Ion Dranca, Nicon Ungur,Tudor Lupascu, Oleg Petuhov


Field: Physical chemistry and chemical physics
Type: Research paper
Issue: 2010 Volume 5, no.2
Pages: 68-72
Keywords:

degradation; fire resistance; nanocomposites; thermogravimetric analysis (TGA); differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).


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DOI:
dx.doi.org/10.19261/cjm.2010.05(2).09

Graphical Abstract:
The methods of thermogravimetry (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) have been used to study the thermal and thermo-oxidative degradation of polystyrene (PS) and a PS-clay nanocomposite. An advanced isoconversional method has been applied for kinertic analysis. Introduction of the clay phase increasers the activation energy and affects the total heat of degradation, which suggests a change in the reaction mechanism. The obtained kinetic data permit a comparative assessment of the fire resistance of the studied materials.

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