Toughening of PLA stereocomplex by Impact modifiers

충격보강제에 의한 PLA stereocomplex의 강인화 연구

  • Nam, Byeong-Uk (Department of Applied Chemical Engineering, Korea University of Technology and Education) ;
  • Lee, Bum-Suk (Department of Applied Chemical Engineering, Korea University of Technology and Education)
  • 남병욱 (한국기술교육대학교 응용화학공학과) ;
  • 이범석 (한국기술교육대학교 응용화학공학과)
  • Received : 2011.12.02
  • Accepted : 2012.02.10
  • Published : 2012.02.29


We tried to blend PLLA and PDLA at overall compositions to form PLA stereocomplexes (SC). The presence of the SC crystalline phase in the PLLA matrix was verified by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). As a result, a various PDLA composition of the PLA SC blends can influence PLA SC formation. And the largest amount of PLA SC crystallites was formed when PLLA/PDLA ratio is 50/50. In addition, we have tried to do PLA SC toughening with two impact modifiers in 92/8, 85/15 ratio of PLLA/PDLA to enhance the mechanical properties such as impact strength. Thermal and mechanical properties of PLA SC were investigated by DSC, HDT, Izod impact tester and UTM. PLA SC formation decreased when 10-20 wt% of Strong120 (impact modifier) was added. On the other hand, there is no effect on PLA SC formation when 10-20% of Elvaloy (impact modifier) was added. HDT values dramatically increased over $100^{\circ}C$ with the addition of PDLA. However, HDT decreased as Strong120 and Elvaloy content increased. Finally, we could find well balanced composition of toughened PLA SC with 10wt% of impact modifier in flexural modulus and impact strength.


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