Thermoplastic starch (TPS)/micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) composites were prepared from maize starch with different amount of distilled water, glycerol and cellulose reinforcement. The components were homogenized by kneader and twin roll technique. The produced TPS and TPS-based polymer composites were qualified by static and dynamic mechanical tests and their morphology was analysed by microscopic techniques. The results showed that the amount of water and the order of the production steps control the properties of both the TPS and its MFC reinforced version. With increasing content of MFC the stiffness and strength of the TPS matrix increased, as expected. Microscopic inspection revealed that the TPS has a homogenous structure and the MFC is well dispersed therein when suitable preparation conditions were selected.
|Journal||IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2015|
|Event||Advanced Materials for Demanding Applications - St. Asaph, United Kingdom|
Duration: Apr 7 2014 → Apr 9 2014
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)