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Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Chitosan Filled Poly Lactic Acid/Basalt Fiber Hybrid Composites

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Chitosan (CS) particles were added to Poly Lactic acid (PLA)/Basalt Fiber (BF) composites, as an innovative filler to fabricate Hybrid polymer Composite Material. Composites were blended in Twin Screw Extruder and specimens were prepared successfully by Injection Moulding. A significant improvement in tensile, flexural and impact strength of the Hybrid Composites was observed as the weight percentage of BF and CS increases. Glass transition temperature (T g) and percentage of crystallinity (X c) increases, as weight percentage of BF (25%) and CS (10%) increases was analyzed by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Thermo gravimetric Analysis (TGA) proved that degradation rate of the composites increased with temperature. Dynamic mechanical Analysis (DMA) revealed that lowest weight percentage of BF (10%) and CS (5%) reduced the storage modulus and the loss factor tan δ with increase in temperature. Scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) photography showed the uniform and strong bonding morphology of the composites.
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Keywords: DIFFERENTIAL SCANNING CALORIMETRY; DYNAMIC MECHANICAL ANALYSIS; MECHANICAL PROPERTY; PLA/CHITOSAN/BASALT FIBER HYBRID COMPOSITES; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; THERMO GRAVIMETRIC ANALYSIS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2016

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