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Facile Preparation of Cellulose/Polylactide Composite Materials with Tunable Mechanical PropertiesAuthor(s): Tao Qiang; Jinwu Wang; Michael P. Wolcott
Source: Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering. 57(13): 1288-1295.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionA solvent-free route was developed to fabricate 100% biobased, renewable, and degradable polylactide (PLA) composites reinforced will ball-milled celluloses. The results show that the original pulp cellulose fibers were modified to partial amorphization through 30-min ball milling. Filling the ball-milled celluloses into PLA increased the tensile modulus for the resultant cellulose/PLA composite materials, while decreased their tensile strength and impact resistance. This method can be used to access the cost-efficient PLA-based composite materials with tunable mechanical properties. The variation analysis shows that filling content contributed more to the variations of their mechanical properties than that particle size did.
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CitationQiang, Tao; Wang, Jinwu; Wolcott, Michael P. 2018. Facile preparation of cellulose/polylactide composite materials with tunable mechanical properties. Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering. 57(13): 1288-1295.
KeywordsBall milling, cellulose, mechanical properties, polylactide, statistical analysis
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