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dc.contributor.author Mngomezulu, ME
dc.contributor.author Luyt, AS
dc.contributor.author Mathew, Maya J
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-26T07:27:51Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-26T07:27:51Z
dc.date.issued 2017-12
dc.identifier.citation Mngomezulu, M.E., Luyt,. A.S. and Mathew, M.J. 2017. Morphology, thermal and dynamic mechanical properties of poly(lactic acid)/expandable graphite (PLA/EG) flame retardant composites. Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, V32(1), pp 89-107. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0892-7057
dc.identifier.issn 1530-7980
dc.identifier.uri https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0892705717744830
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/11103
dc.description Copyright: 2017 SAGE. Due to copyright restrictions, the attached PDF file only contains the abstract of the full text item. For access to the full text item, kindly consult the publisher's website. en_US
dc.description.abstract This work reports on the effect of expandable graphite (EG) on the morphology, thermal and dynamic mechanical properties of flame retardant poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/EG composites. The composites were prepared by melt-mixing and their structure, morphology, melting and crystallization behaviour, as well as their dynamic mechanical properties, were investigated. It was found that graphite layers still existed in an aggregate structure with poor filler dispersion resulting in a lack of interfacial adhesion between EG and the PLA matrix. The presence of EG did not favour the crystallization of PLA, increased the glass transition temperature and showed a reduction in the crystallinity of the composites. The composites with higher filler contents showed enhanced storage and loss moduli. The glass transition temperatures from the loss modulus and damping factor curves varied inconsistently with EG content. The use of commercial EG as filler in PLA can preserve the thermal properties of injection moulding grade Cereplast PLA. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher SAGE en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Worklist;22417
dc.subject Poly(lactic acid) en_US
dc.subject Electron microscopy en_US
dc.subject Expandable graphite en_US
dc.subject Thermal properties en_US
dc.title Morphology, thermal and dynamic mechanical properties of poly(lactic acid)/expandable graphite (PLA/EG) flame retardant composites en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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