Polímeros: Ciência e Tecnologia
Polímeros: Ciência e Tecnologia
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Influence of processing parameters on mechanical and thermal behavior of PLA/PBAT blenda

Virnna Cristhielle Santana Barbosa; Ana Maria Furtado de Sousa; Ana Lúcia Nazareth da Silva

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This study evaluates the influence of processing parameters and reactive extrusion on the mechanical and thermal behavior of PLA/PBAT (70/30, wt.%) blends. The effect of reverse mixing elements (RME) and feed rate (FR) of the extruder were studied using a factorial design of experiments. Further, two types of blends were processed by extrusion molding: with (AD) and without (NAD) additives. The FTIR analysis showed that PLA suffered some degree of degradation, being this process more pronounced for NAD blends. A better interaction between the PLA and PBAT phases occurred for reactive extrusion, inducing an improvement in the impact properties and thermal behavior. The cold crystallization temperature of the NAD blends decreased when two RME was used. Both RME and FR parameters affected the elastic modulus of NAD blends, while only FR affected the elastic modulus of AD blends.




poly(lactic acid) (PLA), poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT), reactive extrusion


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