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Evaluation of the Mechanical Properties of Poly(Lactic) Acid/ABS Bio-Blend Foams

  • Miguel Sánchez-Soto
  • Mohammad Reza Kamrani
  • Maria Lluisa Maspoch
  • Orlando Santana
  • Jonathan Cailloux
Conference paper

Abstract

Foaming is a powerful method that allows lightening of products and reducing the amount of material used. Poly(lactic) acid (PLA) is considered a promising thermoplastic for the replacement of traditional non-biodegradable polymers. In this study, PLA was modified with an epoxide chain extender via reactive extrusion and blended with Acrylonitrile – Butadiene – Styrene (ABS) in the presence of a compatibilizer. The MuCell® process was applied to obtain foams from the previous prepared blends. Results shows that the presence of the epoxide and ABS inhibit the degradation during processing making foaming possible. Under flexural conditions where foamed are designed to work, the mechanical properties of the foamed blends were very similar to the solid counterparts.

Keywords

REX-PLA ABS MuCell® Foaming 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors acknowledge the financial support from the Spanish Government through the Project MAT2016-80045-R (AEI/FEDER, UE).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel Sánchez-Soto
    • 1
  • Mohammad Reza Kamrani
    • 1
    • 2
  • Maria Lluisa Maspoch
    • 1
  • Orlando Santana
    • 1
  • Jonathan Cailloux
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre Català del PlàsticUniversitat Politécnica de CatalunyaBarcelona TechSpain
  2. 2.Department of Polymer Science and Technology of Azad University of ShirazShirazIran

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