Influence of accelerated weathering on mechanical and thermomechanical properties of poly(lactic acid) composites
with natural waste filler (in English)
Polimery 2019, No 2, 119
In this study we investigated the impact of accelerated weathering on selected mechanical and thermomechanical properties of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) composites filled with ground chestnut shell (CN). The mechanical properties were evaluated through static tensile test and Dynstat impact test, which were conducted for pure PLA and composites containing various amounts of the lignocellulosic organic filler (2.5–30 wt %). The results of the dynamic thermomechanical analysis (DMTA) are discussed in reference to structural changes obtained by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and they confirm changes in crystalline structure of PLA and its composites induced by cyclic temperature changes and UV light exposure. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed presence of microcracks anderosion of the PLA and composite surface after the aging process.