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Mechanics of Composite Materials

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 351–356 | Cite as

Correlation between the Mechanical Properties and the Amount of Desorbed Water for Composites Based on Low-Density Polyethylene and Linen Yarn Production Waste

  • J. E. Lejnieks
  • J. A. Kajaks
  • S. A. Reihmane
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Abstract

The effect of the amount of desorbed water on the mechanical properties of composites based on low-density polyethylene and linen yarn production waste (LW) is analyzed by statistical methods. It is shown that the amount of absorbed water decreases during the desorption process at room temperature both for specimens modified and unmodified with diphenylmethane diisocyanate (DIC.) The most sensitive to the action of water is the elastic modulus, which decreases considerably under the effect of water and is fully restored in the desorption process. The tensile strain also increases with the amount of absorbed water. It is found that the elastic modulus of the unmodified composite correlates linearly with the amount of desorbed water. Between the amount of desorbed water and the tensile strain, as well the specific work of deformation, a negative linear correlation is revealed. After water desorption, all strength and deformation characteristics of both the modified and unmodified composites are fully recovered.

Keywords

low-density polyethylene linen waste composites water desorption mechanical properties statistical methods 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. E. Lejnieks
    • 1
  • J. A. Kajaks
    • 1
  • S. A. Reihmane
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Polymer MaterialsRiga Technical UniversityRigaLatvia

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