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. 2009 Dec 28;11(48):11365-84.
doi: 10.1039/b913511a. Epub 2009 Sep 23.

Static, Rheological and Mechanical Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites Studied by Computer Modeling and Simulation

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Static, Rheological and Mechanical Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites Studied by Computer Modeling and Simulation

Jun Liu et al. Phys Chem Chem Phys. .

Abstract

Polymer nanocomposites (PNCs) often exhibit excellent mechanical, thermal, electrical and optical properties, because they combine the performances of both polymers and inorganic or organic nanoparticles. Recently, computer modeling and simulation are playing an important role in exploring the reinforcement mechanism of the PNCs and even the design of functional PNCs. This report provides an overview of the progress made in past decades in the investigation of the static, rheological and mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites studied by computer modeling and simulation. Emphases are placed on exploring the mechanisms at the molecular level for the dispersion of nanoparticles in nanocomposites, the effects of nanoparticles on chain conformation and glass transition temperature (T(g)), as well as viscoelastic and mechanical properties. Finally, some future challenges and opportunities in computer modeling and simulation of PNCs are addressed.

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