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Jimenez G.A.,National University of Costa Rica | Matamores X.,National University of Costa Rica | Sibaja M.,National University of Costa Rica | Jimenez L.,National University of Costa Rica | And 3 more authors.
Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings | Year: 2011

High intensive mixing techniques and/or long ultrasonication periods of time are normally used to prepare epopy clay nanocomposites. However this approach is not practical. In this work epoxy clay nanocomposites were prepared using a combination of short times of ultrasonication and hand mixing, therefore making clay chemistry to govern over possible differences in the composite properties. Several types of nanoclay were used in order to investigate clay chemistry on thermal and mechanical properties of the nanocomposites. Flexural test proved to be more sensitive than tensile testing in determining the effect of type and clay content.

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