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Effect of compatibilization on mechanical and thermal properties of polypropylene–soy flour composites

Sailaja, RRN and Girija, BG and Madras, Giridhar and Balasubramanian, N (2008) Effect of compatibilization on mechanical and thermal properties of polypropylene–soy flour composites. In: Journal of Materials Science, 43 (1). pp. 64-74.

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Abstract

A new biobased composite was developed by adding soy flour (SF) to polypropylene (PP). This composite shows an enhanced tensile strength and modulus but decrease in elongation at break. The compatibilizer (coupling agent) appears to have a synergistic effect on tensile strength. The presence of the compatibilizer improves the dispersion of SF in the PP matrix. The addition of glycerol plasticizer to the composite improves the processability resulting in improved performance, as compared to composites without glycerol plasticizer. The optimal compatibilizer content appears to be 6%.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2010 06:18
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:56
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/26172

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