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Rheology and morphology study of immiscible linear low-density polyethylene/poly(lactic acid) blends filled with nanosilica particles

Rheology and morphology study of immiscible linear low-density polyethylene/poly(lactic acid) blends filled with nanosilica particles
Ali Haghtalab, Mohammad Hossein Navid Famili, Maryam Hoseini
The objectives of this study are to investigate the effect of silica nanoparticles on the morphology and rheological behavior of immiscible linear low-density polyethylene/poly(lactic acid) (LLDPE/PLA) blends. Melt blending method is applied to prepare the blends and their nanocomposites. Scanning electron microscope and parallel plate rheometer were used to investigate morphology and rheological behavior of the blend nanocomposites. Scanning electron microscope results demonstrated a significant change in morphology behavior by incorporation of silica nanoparticles. A significant reduction in the PLA droplet for LLDPE/PLA (75/25) with 8 wt % silica was observed. The rheological studies illustrated that for all samples storage modulus and complex viscosity of blend nanocomposites are higher than neat blends. Finally, melt rigidity of blend nanocomposites was estimated by measurement of rheological properties using a rotational rheometer through small amplitude oscillatory shear experiments. As a result, through the shear data, a high value quantity as a criteria for melt rigidity is obtained for the LLDPE/PLA (75/25) with 8 wt % silica in comparing to the other samples. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2017, 134, 45526.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/app.45526

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