alexa Biodegradation Of Poly(ε-caprolactone)/poly(lactic Acid) Composites: The Effect Of Fiber Load And Compatibilization
ISSN: 2169-0022

Journal of Material Sciences & Engineering
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3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Materials Science & Engineering
October 06-08, 2014 Hilton San Antonio Airport, USA

Akos Noel Ibrahim, Mat Uzir Wahit and Abdirahman A Yussuf
ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Material Sci Eng
DOI: 10.4172/2169-0022.S1.014
Abstract
The novel poly(ε-caprolactone)/poly(lactic acid), (PCL/PLA) composites were prepared with palm press fibers by melt extrusion. The test specimens were fabricated by injection molding. The rate of biodegradation of the composites was studied using normal soil burial method. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) was employed to study the surface morphology of the biodegraded composites. Compatibilization and fiber reinforcement accelerated the rate of biodegradation of the composites. This was confirmed by the surface morphology and residual weights of the biodegraded composites. The rate of biodegradation increased as fiber load increased from 10 wt. % to 25 wt. % in the composites.
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