Effects of extrusion variables on organoclay intercalation and properties of tapioca starch-poly(Lactic Acid) nanocomposite foams

S. Y. Lee, Kent M Eskridge, Milford A. Hanna

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Tapioca starch (TS) and poly(lactic acid) (PLA), in 90: 10 weight ratio, were blended with 3%Cloisite 10A were and prepared by a twin screw extruder. Screw speed, screw configuration, die nozzle diameter and moisture content were varied to determine their effects on organoclay intercalation. Selected structural, thermal, physical and mechanical properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and Instron universal testing machine. The first (X-ray) diffraction peak was observed to shift to a lower angle compared to that of pristine Cloisite 10A. The first diffraction peaks for the nanocomposites were narrow, indicating a strong intercalated behavior. These results were observed for all extrusion variables using mixing and compression screws, screw speeds of 100, 135 and 175 min-1; moisture contents of 14, 17 and 20%, and die nozzle diameters of 3 and 4 mm. These extrusion variables had significant effects on the structural, thermal, physical and mechanical properties, and glass transition and melting temperatures of TS/PLA/Cloisite 10A nanocomposite foams due to the intercalation of organoclay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Polymer Processing
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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Organoclay
Lactic acid
Intercalation
Starch
Extrusion
Foams
Nanocomposites
Structural properties
Nozzles
Moisture
Thermodynamic properties
Physical properties
X ray diffraction
Mechanical properties
Extruders
Melting point
Differential scanning calorimetry
Compaction
Diffraction
poly(lactic acid)

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  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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Effects of extrusion variables on organoclay intercalation and properties of tapioca starch-poly(Lactic Acid) nanocomposite foams. / Lee, S. Y.; Eskridge, Kent M; Hanna, Milford A.

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