Extrusion blown polyethylene and polyethylene/montmorillonite nanocomposite films were cold stretched to various ratios to quantify the influence of the crystal orientation and the nanofiller alignment on their dielectric breakdown performance. It was found that the crystal orientation could increase the breakdown strength (EBD) in the stretched blown films. The aligned pseudo-2D inorganic nanoclays provided additional strong improvements in EBD that can be superimposed to any EBD enhancement due to the polymer crystal orientation. At high filler loadings and high stretching ratios, the onset of percolation was observed through a substantial improvement in the dielectric breakdown strength.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)