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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES OF STARCH-FILLED POLY(D,L-LACTIC ACID)/ ADIPIC POLY(HYDROXY ESTER ETHER) BIODEGRADABLE BLENDS

Authors
item Garlotta, Donald
item Doane, William - BRADLEY UNIVERSITY
item Shogren, Randal
item Lawton Jr, John
item Willett, Julious

Submitted to: Society of Plastics Engineers Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: May 7, 2000
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Thisresearchfocusedonthemechanical,structuralandthermalproperties of injection molded composites of granular cornstarch, poly(D,L-lactic acid) (PLA) and poly(hydroxyester-ethers) (PHEE). These composites had high tensile strengths (40-50 MPa) at starch loadings up to 70% by weight. SEM micrographs of fractured specimens revealed good adhesion of starch to the polymer matrix, as evidenced by broken starch granules. The addition of PHEE resin to starch/PLA crystallization will also be presented. This research was conducted under CRADA 58-3K95-8-0634 between the Agricultural Research Service and the Biotechnology Research and Development Corporation.    

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