The addition of organic fillers into thermoplastic polymers is an interesting issue, which has had growing consideration and experimentation during the last years. It can give rise to several advantages. First, the cost of these fillers is usually very low. Also, the organic fillers are biodegradable (thus contributing to an improved environmental impact), and finally, some mechanical and thermomechanical properties can be enhanced. In this study, the effect of the addition of different organic fillers on the mechanical properties and processability of an extrusion-grade polypropylene were investigated. The organic fillers came from natural sources (wood, kenaf, and sago) and were compared to short glass fibers, a widely used inorganic filler. The organic fillers caused enhancements in the rigidity and thermomechanical resistance of the matrix in a way that was rather similar to the one observed for the inorganic filler. A reduction in impact strength was observed for both types of fillers. The use of an adhesion promoter could improve theirbehavior.
|Rivista||Journal of Applied Polymer Science|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2005|
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