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Title: Talc as a nucleating agent and reinforcing filler in poly(lactic acid) composites
Authors: Shakoor, Abdul
Thomas, Noreen L.
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc © Society of Plastics Engineers
Citation: SHAKOOR, A. and THOMAS, N.L., 2014. Talc as a nucleating agent and reinforcing filler in poly(lactic acid) composites. Polymer Engineering and Science, 54 (1), pp. 64–70.
Abstract: The effect of talc on the crystallinity and mechanical properties of a series of poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/talc composites has been investigated. The composites were prepared by melt blending followed by compression molding. It was found that talc acted as a nucleating agent and increased the crystallinity of the PLA from 2% to 25%. There was significant improvement in Young's modulus of the composites with increasing talc addition and these results were found to fit the Halpin Tsai model. Thermo-mechanical tests confirmed that the combination of increased crystallinity and storage modulus leads to improvement in the heat distortion properties.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Polymer Engineering and Science [© Society of Plastics Engineers] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pen.23543
Sponsor: University of Engineering & Technology, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1002/pen.23543
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13942
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pen.23543
ISSN: 0032-3888
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