The effect of small amounts of nanoparticles on the melt-state linear viscoelastic behaviour is investigated for different polymer-nanoparticles model systems characterized by poor polymer-particles interactions and low particle contents.contents. The drastic increase of the rheological properties with respect to the matrices is related to the formation of a filler network above a critical particles volume fraction. Once formed, the filler network exhibits an elastic feature that mixes with the intrinsic viscoelastic response of the polymer matrix, resulting in a complex Φ- and ω-dependent viscoelastic response of the nanocomposite. However, we show that the contributions of filler network and suspending medium can be decoupled due to the weak polymer-particle interactions and the differences in temporal relaxation scales. The adopted approach is validated through the building of a master curve of the moduli, which reflects the scaling of the elasticity of composites along the viscosity of the suspending medium. The two-phase model well works irrespective of the structure of the filler network, making evident the strict interrelationships between the structure, both on nano- and micro-scale, and the melt- state behaviour of the studied PNCs.
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