Sunday, October 11, 2009

Roofing Materials Made with Asphalt Nanocomposites

Building Materials Investment Corporation (Wilmington, DE), a part of GAF Materials Corporation the largest U.S. roofing materials manufacturer, has patented an asphalt nanocomposite materials that can be used in roofing shingles and other building materials The asphalt-based nanocomposites are particle-filled matrices that include an asphalt flux or derivate and a layered clay mineral in an amount ranging from about 1% to 15% of weight. The nanocomposites result in improved mechanical properties such as heat deflection temperature, increased stiffness, higher tensile strength and better fire retardancy.

The asphalt-based nanocomposite is a nano-dispersion that is characterized as having higher melt viscosity as well as new crystallographic order evidenced in wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) studies. Such nanocomposites have superior tensile strength and significantly higher Young's modulus relative to their respective raw or filled coatings without nanoclays. The asphalt-based nanocomposite can be used as a coating for any material layer of a roofing shingle, according to inventors Vinay Mehta, Brian Kanze, Krishna Srinivasan and Awdhoot Vasant Kerkar, writing in U.S. Patent 7,582,155. It is worth noting, that the term "asphalt-based nanocomposite" denotes a composite material comprising asphalt as the major component. This system is distinct from polymer-based nanocomposites, in which a polymer is the major component.

The asphalt-based nanocomposite is made of particle filled layered clay minerals dispersed into a matrix of asphalt. The asphalt molecules intercalate (or exfoliate) between the clay mineral layers. decrease in ultimate elongation was, however, anticipated since the addition of polymer-based nanocomposites to different systems in the prior art also shows a similar decrease in elongation. The decrease in ultimate elongation is a result of a stiffer product being formed when the nanocomposite is employed.

Layered clay materials such as, for example, montmorillonite, hectorite, saponite and the like, are composed of silicate layers that have a thickness of about 1 to a few nanometers. Dispersions of such layered clay materials in polymers are frequently referred to as polymer-based nanocomposites. These are the type of nanomaterials used in the asphalt nanocomposite.

The asphalt-based nanocomposite can be prepared using a variety of methods, including: (1) a direct blending method; (2) a method in which asphalt is first fractionated into its multiple (usually four) components and then a layered clay mineral is blended therein; (3) a method in which a layered clay mineral is added to an asphalt flux or derivative thereof prior to blowing (i.e., oxidizing); or (4) a method in which asphalt flux or its derivative is first solubilized in an organic solvent, then mixed with a layered clay mineral and thereafter evaporated to remove the organic solvent.


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  2. Nice to know about roofing materials made in asphalt. For sure, this is very useful to people who will install new roofs for their home. Indeed, there are plenty of types of roofing. In Miami, FL (my hometown), contractors guide their clients in choosing the right roofs that fit to their needs, lifestyle, and area.

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  4. This is quite interesting. Asphalt used on road by itself is very durable, if it's used on roofing, it could possibly double the life of the roofing materials. Hope this gets to Los Angeles. Replacement windows could use this, well, could possibly use this.

    Anyway, more power!

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  5. Technology and innovations never fail to surprise. Now we have more reasons to feel secured in our own homes because of this latest innovation in roofing. This is very informative.^__^

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  6. Available in number of colors, this is the most common types of roofing shingles used by most of the people to cover their roofs. much easy to install, inexpensive and very durable. With a bit of know-how learn how to install asphalt shingles without professional help. Asphalt shingles come in two different varieties, fiberglass shingles and organic-mat shingles. Moving Companies

  7. Asphalt shingles still have the lead when it comes to roofing due to its availability and cheapness, I just hope that they become even stronger now!

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  9. In order to enhance its performances, asphalt is often modified with polymers.

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