Mechanical Properties of Polylactic Acid and Natural Rubber Blends Using Vetiver Grass Fiber as Filler
Polylactic acid (PLA) and natural rubber (NR) were melt blended with vetiver grass fiber using an internal mixer. Heat treatment at the temperature of 180°C was done to obtain heat treated vetiver grass fiber. Glycidyl methacrylate grafted natural rubber (NR-g-GMA) was used as a compatibilizer of PLA/vetiver/NR composites. The injection molding and compression molding were used to prepare the specimens. Molecular weight determination of PLA before and after processing was done by Gel Permeable Chromatography (GPC).Comparisons between the mechanical properties of the composites prepared from injection molding and compression molding were made.
Joong Hee Lee
P. Juntuek et al., "Mechanical Properties of Polylactic Acid and Natural Rubber Blends Using Vetiver Grass Fiber as Filler", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 123-125, pp. 1167-1170, 2010