from the conferences organized by TANGER Ltd. provisional website
Sustainable development is still in the focus of researchers. One of the most important problems to be solved is the fate of waste. In the case of polymer technology, one solution could be the application of compostable polymers, like poly(lactic-acid) (PLA). These materials are often comingled with other components, which widens their applicability. In this case, after composting, residual materials can remain, which damage the environment. One solution for this problem is to apply additives and reinforcing materials from natural resources. On the other hand, nowadays several types of nano and micro reinforcing materials are used in polymer composite applications. Besides the generally applied micro-sized reinforcements, nanosized materials may have a good complementary effect on the properties of the composites. In this study, we investigated the effects of basalt fibre as a natural resource-based micro fibre and untreated natural montmorillonite as a natural nanoparticle on the mechanical and morphological properties of PLA.Keywords: poly(lactic-acid), hybrid composite, basalt fibre, montmorillonite
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