عنوان مقاله [English]
The main purpose of this paper is the experimental study on the tensile and dynamic - mechanical thermal properties of polypropylene (PP) and polypropylene foam reinforced with mesoporous silica (MCM-41), hydroxyapatite (HA) and the composite of mesoporous silica and hydroxyapatite (MCM41-HA) nanoparticles. Nanocomposites and nanocomposite foams containing PP, maleic anhydride grafted polypropylene, different nanoparticles and chemical blowing agent (for foam samples) are mixed using the melt-compounding technique in a twin-screw extruder. The results of the tests show that at the same nanoparticles content, all the nanofillers cause better mechanical properties than neat PP and PP foam. Also, due to the porous structure of the foam samples, these samples have the higher damping characteristics and lower tensile properties than the solid samples. Because of higher rigidity and higher strength of HA nanoparticles, the greatest increase in modulus and tensile strength occurs by adding these nanoparticles to neat PP and PP foam. The highest damping factor is obtained by adding MCM-41-HA nanoparticles to PP and PP foam, because of the porous nature of the MCM-41 particles which were reinforced by HA particles. The results of differential scanning calorimetry show that the addition of different nanoparticles does not have any significant effect on crystallinity and melting behavior of PP. Scanning electron microscopy images show that the nanomaterials were fine and uniformly dispersed within the polymer matrix. Furthermore, the addition of different nanoparticles to PP foam causes to increase the cell density, to reduce the cell sizes and to improve the cell sizes distribution. In this respect, the lowest cell sizes and the highest cell density are created by adding HA and MCM41-HA nanopaticles to PP foams.