Effect of compatibilization on thermal degradation kinetics of HDPE-based composites containing cellulose reinforcements
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Dynamic thermogravimetric analysis under nitrogen flow was used to investigate the thermal decomposition process of high-density poly(ethylene) (HDPE)-based composites reinforced with cellulose fibers obtained from the recycling of multilayer carton scraps, as a function of the cellulose content and the compatibilization. The Friedman, Flynn–Wall–Ozawa, and Coats–Redfern methods were used to determine the apparent activation energy (E a) of the thermal degradation of the cellulose component into the composites. E a has been found dependent on the cellulose amount and on the cellulose/polymer matrix interfacial adhesion. In particular, it has been evidenced an increase of the cellulose thermal stability as a consequence of the improved interfacial adhesion between the components in NFR composites.
KeywordsNFR composites Cellulose Compatibilization TGA Thermal degradation
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