Mechanical and ultimate properties of injection molded cellulose acetate/plasticizer materials.

Author(s) Charvet, A.; Vergelati, C.; Long, D.R.
Journal Carbohydr Polym
Date Published 2019 Jan 15
Abstract

The mechanical properties of injection molded plasticized cellulose acetate polymers processed with two different plasticizers (Triacetine and Diethyl phthalate) and various weight fractions comprised between 15 and 30 wt % have been investigated. Plasticized cellulose acetate exhibit a brittle-to-ductile transition from a low impact strength to a high impact strength of order 40 kJ/m². Obtaining a high impact resistance at room temperature requires plasticizer content larger than 25 wt.%. An important strain hardening is obtained for samples with both plasticizers during tensile experiment. At 15 wt.% plasticizer content, the measured strain hardening modulus is around 148 MPa at 60 °C. Different parameters influencing the strain hardening behavior have been identified: the tensile direction as compared to that of the injection flow, the temperature and the plasticizer, consistent with studies on pre-strained samples of synthetic amorphous polymers.

DOI 10.1016/j.carbpol.2018.10.013
ISSN 1879-1344
Citation Charvet A, Vergelati C, Long DR. Mechanical and ultimate properties of injection molded cellulose acetate/plasticizer materials. Carbohydr Polym. 2019;204:182-189.

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