Thermal degradation and flame retardancy properties of ABS/lignin: effects of lignin content and reactive compatibilization

Song, Pingan ORCID: and Cao, Zhenhu and Fu, Shenyuan and Fang, Zhengping and Wu, Qian and Ye, Jiewang (2011) Thermal degradation and flame retardancy properties of ABS/lignin: effects of lignin content and reactive compatibilization. Thermochimica Acta, 518 (1-2). pp. 59-65. ISSN 0040-6031


Effects of alkali lignin incorporation and in situ reactive compatibilization on the thermal stability and flame retardancy of ABS were investigated. Morphology observations show that lignin can form submicron dispersed phases in ABS matrix regardless of compatibilization. Thermal analyses show that lignin will cause a slight thermal instability of ABS due to its relatively lower thermal stability, and compatibilization reaction has little effluence on that. However, lignin can slow the degradation process and increase the char residue of ABS with increasing lignin loading, and the compatibilization does not markedly affect them. Cone calorimeter tests demonstrate that lignin can significantly reduce the heat release rate, and slow the combustion process of ABS, e.g., 20 wt% lignin causing a 32% reduction in peak heat release rate (PHRR). The compatibilization can further reduce the flammability of ABS due to the improved char layer. The char residue analyses indicate that the formation of protective char layer of lignin is primarily responsible for the enhanced flame retardancy.

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Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 05:35
Last Modified: 30 May 2017 05:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: degradation; flammability; lignin; ABS; reactive compatibilization
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401609 Polymers and plastics
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
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