Development of agricultural by-products as multifunctional fillers for polyolefins

Fuqua, M. and Ulven, C. A. and Chevali, V. and Pryor, S. and Wiesenborn, D. and Gustafson, C. and Chisholm, B. and Tande, B. and Seames, W. and Dworshak, J. (2011) Development of agricultural by-products as multifunctional fillers for polyolefins. In: 23rd International Polyolefins Conference 2011: Evolving Technology for the Global Economy, 27 Feb - 02 Mar 2011, Houston, Texas, United States.

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Polyolefins can benefit from multifunctional fillers developed from agricultural by-products. Through proper mechanical processing of these agricultural by-products, which are sometimes referred to as waste-streams, filled blends have been shown to yield improvements in stiffness, thermal stability, and mold tolerance, as well as in the reduction of petroleum-based polymer usages. Furthermore, with the use of chemical compatibilizers significant improvements in strength have also been achieved versus untreated filler. Overall, the development of agricultural by-product filled polyolefins has lead to a new class of biocomposites which can serve as a strong competitor to both virgin polymer as well as traditionally filled systems.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 03:46
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2018 06:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agricultural by-products; Bio-composites; Mechanical processing; Virgin polymers; Yield Improvement
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0904 Chemical Engineering > 090499 Chemical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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