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3FILLER Filler = Something cheap to take up space? Mineral “fillers” are actually most often used to improve one or more properties.
4Volume Fraction in Matrix Compatibility With/Adhesion To Matrix Effects of Mineral Fillers Depend OnParticle ShapeParticle SizeVolume Fraction in MatrixCompatibility With/Adhesion To Matrix
6Particle Size Distribution Size (top and bottom) Counts
7Particle Size?“Particle” Size = Median (or Average) = Equivalent Spherical Diameter (ESD)Automated particle sizers match the behavior of a particle (regardless of shape) to that of an ideal sphere of specific diameter. Compare the “particle size” of dissimilar minerals with care.ESD!!!=
8Aspect Ratio Ratio of mean length to mean diameter Needle/Fiber Aspect Ratio:Ratio of mean length to mean diameterPlate Aspect Ratio:Ratio of mean diameter of a circle of the same area as the face of the plate to the mean thickness of the plate
9Aspect RatioFor the same volume fraction, increasing the aspect ratio increases a composite’s strength and stiffness.For tensile and flexural stresses to be transferred from polymer matrix to anisometric filler, a certain critical aspect ratio must be exceeded. Once this critical ratio is exceeded, the efficiency of stress transfer increases with increasing aspect ratio.
10Volume Fraction Volume fraction: The volume occupied by the filler divided by the volume of the composite (Vf / Vc).Fillers usually have their strongest influence on composite properties and cost when the volume fraction is sufficiently high to allow for the matrix to just coat all particles and fill inter-particle voids. For some properties this may be good, but for others, not so good.
11Matrix Compatibility/Adhesion Intimate contact with the matrix is essential to filler functionality.Nonpolar organics (polypropylene, mineral oil) will better “wet” hydrophobic fillers (talc). Polar organics (nylon, polyurethane) will better wet hydrophilic fillers (mica, wollastonite).Surface treatment/modification can optimize filler-matrix compatibility and adhesion.
12Matrix Compatibility/Adhesion Surface Treated: Filler + Process Aid Surface treatments may not bond to the filler and do not bond to the matrix. They act like “wetting” agents to make the filler surface hydrophobic and more readily coated by the organic medium.
14Matrix Compatibility/Adhesion Surface Modification: Filler + Coupling AgentModification is the durable attachment of coupling agent to the filler and to the surrounding matrix.Filler-Coupler: Covalent bondMatrix-Coupler: Chemical reaction orchain entanglement
15Matrix Compatibility/Adhesion Surface Modifiers:Improve deagglomeration and dispersion.Reduce blend viscosity, allow higher filler loading.Improve impact, tensile, flexural and dielectric properties in polymers.Improved properties retention in polymers after environmental exposure.
16Matrix Compatibility/Adhesion Surface Modifiers:Silanes – Encapsulate filler particle in covalently bonded siloxane polymer; can condense more than one molecular layer.Titanates – Individual molecules covalently bonded, no polymerization; monomolecular layer.Both depend on the ability to form a bond via silanol (-Si-OH) on filler surface.
17Matrix Compatibility/Adhesion Silane Coupling:Excellent to Good – glass, synthetic silica, natural silica, wollastonite.Good to Fair – mica, aluminatrihydrate, kaolin, talc, barite, titanium dioxide, iron oxides.Slight to None – calcium carbonate, carbon black.
18Matrix Compatibility/Adhesion UntreatedSilane- TreatedPhotomicrographs: Union Carbide Corporation
20Mineral Filler Effects in Plastics Reduce:CreepGlossFlammabilityTensile Strength*Shrinkage ex MoldElongation at BreakCoefficient of Thermal Expansion*High aspect ratio fillers can increase tensile strength.
21Mineral Filler Effects in Plastics 8%36%32%23%26%11%7%5%Cost? Cost per part = part volume X cost/unit wt X density
22Primary Mineral Fillers In Plastics Calcium Carbonate- dry-ground, wet-ground, stearate-coated, PCC.Kaolin- calcined, water-washed, delaminated, silane- modified.Talc- fine-ground high purity platy.Mica- fine wet-ground and dry-ground, silane-modified.Wollastonite- fine-ground, acicular, silane-modified.Silica- fine-ground quartz and novaculite, precipitated and fumed synthetics, silane-modified.
23Calcium Carbonate Calcite CaCO3 Refractive Index:Specific Gravity: 2.71Mohs Hardness: 3-4 Ground calcium carbonate Dry-ground: nominal 200 to 325 mesh. Wet-ground: fine ground (FG; 3 to 12 m median, 44 m top), ultrafine ground (UFG; 0.7 to 2 m median, 10 m top). Wet-ground 75% solids slurry. Stearate-treated.Precipitated calcium carbonate Typically fine (0.7 m median) and ultrafine (0.07 m median), with and without stearate surface treatments.
27TalcTalc Mg3Si4O10(OH)2Refractive Index:Specific Gravity: 2.75Mohs Hardness: 1Platy Distinctly lamellar, soft talc, typically of >90% purity naturally or through beneficiation; type usually used for filler applications.Steatitic High purity, dense, very fine-grained talc that can be machined; usually used for ceramics applications.
29Mica Muscovite KAl2(AlSi3)O10(OH,F)2 Phlogopite KMg3(AlSi3)O10(OH,F)2 Refractive Index:Specific Gravity:Mohs Hardness: 2-2.5Phlogopite KMg3(AlSi3)O10(OH,F)2Refractive Index:Specific Gravity:Mohs Hardness: 2.5-3Wet-ground Wet-milled to delaminate and grind; higher aspect ratio, sheen, and slip than dry-ground mica. Dry-ground Coarse-ground, >100 mesh, are hammer milled and screened or air separated; fine-ground, <100 mesh to <325 mesh, are air milled.Micronized Air milled to <20 or <10 m.
31Wollastonite Wollastonite CaSiO3 Refractive Index:Specific Gravity: 2.92Mohs Hardness: 4.5Powder grades Milled wollastonite with low aspect ratio (3:1 to 5:1). Typically 200, 325, 400 and 1250 mesh.Acicular grades Milled to very fine, needle-like particles. Typical aspect ratios in the range 12:1 to 20:1.
36Other Mineral Fillers In Plastics Barite- dry-ground natural, precipitated as blanc fixeDiatomite- calcined fine dry-groundFeldspar, Nepheline Syenite- fine dry-groundPyrophyllite- fine dry-ground
37BariteBarite BaSO4Refractive Index:Specific Gravity: 4.5Mohs Hardness: 3-3.5Filler grade High brightness, high purity, usually <325 mesh or finer; typically >95% BaSO4, <0.1% Fe2O3, <0.5% moisture.Blanc fixe Precipitated barium sulfate for higher brightness and purity and finer particle sizes than available with barite.
38BlockyBaritePhotomicrograph: Huber Engineered Materials, part of J.M. Huber Corporation
39Diatomite Diatomite SiO2 Refractive Index: 1.401.43 / calcined 1.431.47Specific Gravity: 2.02.1 / calcined 2.12.3Mohs Hardness: 4.55 / calcined 5.56Flux-calcined Calcined at ~1200oC with a sodium carbonate or sodium chloride flux; milled, screened, and air classified; fine fraction (<325 mesh) is white filler grade; maximum void volume, can exceed 90%, and consequent high absorptivity.Straight-calcined Calcined between 870o and 1100oC in a rotary kiln; milled, screened, and air classified. Pink color from iron oxidation usually precludes filler use.Natural diatomite Gently crushed and milled ore; screened or air classified; fine fraction (<325 mesh) for some filler uses.
40WeirdDiatomite is the microscopic skeletons of diatoms, unicellular algae found in both fresh and sea water.Diatomite
41FeldsparOrthoclase KAlSi3O8Refractive Index:Specific Gravity: 2.57Mohs Hardness: 6Microcline KAlSi3O8Specific Gravity:Albite NaAlSi3O8Refractive Index:Specific Gravity: 2.62Mohs Hardness: 6Anorthite CaAl2Si2O8Refractive Index:Specific Gravity: 2.76Filler grade – principally albite (soda spar) with a mixture of other feldspar minerals; usually produced by flotation and magnetic separation followed by milling; finest grades are air classified
43Nepheline SyeniteNepheline (Na,K)AlSiO4Refractive Index:Specific Gravity: 2.57Mohs Hardness: 5.5-6Microcline KAlSi3O8Refractive Index:Specific Gravity:Mohs Hardness: 6Albite NaAlSi3O8Refractive Index:Specific Gravity: 2.62Mohs Hardness: 6Nepheline syenite is a rock composed of soda and potash feldspars and nepheline.Filler grade Filler grades are finely ground (325 mesh to 1250 mesh) and have high brightness (>93) and low vehicle demand.
45Pyrophyllite Pyrophyllite Al2Si4O10(OH)2 Refractive Index:Specific Gravity: 2.8Mohs Hardness: 1.5In US: natural blends with sheet silicates, diaspore, andalusite and quartz; quartz makes them unsuitable for many filler applications.Filler grade Airfloat, mesh.Refractory grade Low in alkalis (<1%), i.e., a low mica content; fluxes (Fe2O3, FeO, TiO2) <1%.Ceramic grade High alkali (i.e. higher mica) for lower melting point/faster firing; low coloring oxides for white ware.Agricultural grade Carrier for active ingredients in pesticide dusts, selection based on fineness and bulking values.
47Web Site: www.rtvanderbilt.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org R.T. Vanderbilt Company, Inc. offers a wide range of mineral fillers: wollastonite, talc, industrial talc, kaolin and pyrophyllite. For more information, contact us at:Headquarters:R.T. Vanderbilt Company, Inc. 30 Winfield Street, P.O. Box 5150, Norwalk, CT (203) Fax: (203)Web Site:West Coast Office:6280 Manchester Boulevard, Suite 204, Buena Park, CA (714) Fax: (714)Canadian Office:1 Eva Road, Suite 419, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9C 4Z5, Canada (416) Fax: (416)European Office:32 Rue du Vieil Abreuvoir, 2eme etage78100 Saint Germain en Laye, FranceFAX: