Rheological and mechanical properties of recycled polyethylene films contaminated by biopolymer

D. Gere, T. Czigany

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Nowadays, with the increasing amount of biopolymers used, it can be expected that biodegradable polymers (e.g. PLA, PBAT) may appear in the petrol-based polymer waste stream. However, their impact on the recycling processes is not known yet; moreover, the properties of the products made from contaminated polymer blends are not easily predictable. Therefore, our goal was to investigate the rheological and mechanical properties of synthetic and biopolymer compounds. We made different compounds from regranulates of mixed polyethylene film waste and original polylactic acid (PLA) by extruison, and injection molded specimens from the compounds. We investigated the rheological properties of the regranulates, and the mechanical properties of the samples. When PLA was added, the viscosity and specific volume of all the blends decreased, and mechanical properties (tensile strength, modulus, and impact strength) changed significantly. Young's modulus increased, while elongation at break and impact strength decreased with the increase of the weight fraction of PLA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-198
Number of pages9
JournalWaste Management
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


  • Mechanical properties
  • Polylactic acid
  • Recycled polyethylene
  • Viscosity
  • pvT diagrams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Waste Management and Disposal

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