Influence of Musa acuminate bio-filler on the thermal, mechanical and visco-elastic behavior of poly (propylene) carbonate biocomposites


Kumar T. S. M. , Rajini N., Siengchin S., Rajulu A. V. , AYRILMIŞ N.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLYMER ANALYSIS AND CHARACTERIZATION, vol.24, no.5, pp.439-446, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/1023666x.2019.1602910
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLYMER ANALYSIS AND CHARACTERIZATION
  • Page Numbers: pp.439-446

Abstract

Biocomposites were fabricated using poly(propylene) carbonate as matrix and cellulosic polysaccharide banana (Musa acuminate) peel powder as filler in varying concentrations (5-25wt.%) and were characterized for their functional properties. Microscopic analysis indicated the uniform distribution and existence of microfibrils in the filler. The thermal stability of the composites was lower than the matrix till 320 degrees C, beyond which it increased. The visco-elastic and mechanical behavior of the biocomposites was found to be enhanced with the addition of fillers. Thus, with better thermal, visco-elastic, and mechanical properties, the biocomposite films can be a replacement for the non-biodegradable polymers for packaging applications.