Study on the biodegradability and water adsorption of ldpe/sago starch blend

Kormin, S. and Kormin, F. and Beg, M. D. H. (2019) Study on the biodegradability and water adsorption of ldpe/sago starch blend. In: Journal of Physics: Conference Series, International Conference on Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (ICME2018), 16-17 July 2018 , Johor, Malaysia. pp. 1-8., 1150 (012033). ISSN 1742-6588 (print); 1742-6596 (online)

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The aim of this study is to develop starch incorperated with low density polyethylene (LDPE) composites with enhanced degradable properties. The degradable test has been carried out by hydrolysis. The water uptake of the composites has been determined. The degradability of the compatible thermoplastic LDPE/starch was investigated by weight loss percent (WLP). Simple and alkaline hydrolysis of the composites apparently involves surface starch granules; embedded granules are not easily accessible because of the poor moisture absorption of the matrix. Exposure of the composites to hydrolysis resulted in massive deterioration typified by turbidity, discoloration, embrittleness and dimensional changes. Moisture uptake increased with increased starch content and immersion time. The time taken for the composites to equilibrate was about three months even when they were immersed completely in water. The mechanical properties of the composite also dropped with increasing moisture uptake. SEM imaging was also carried out on the samples before and after degradation. High content of starch also was found to increase the rate of biodegradability of LDPE/sago starch mould.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Alkaline hydrolysis; Dimensional changes; Low density polyethylene(LDPE); Moisture absorption; Moisture uptake; Starch contents; Starch granules; Water adsorption
Subjects: S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering
Depositing User: Mrs Norsaini Abdul Samat
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2019 03:12
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2019 03:12
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