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Journal of Polymers
Volume 2015, Article ID 189289, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/189289
Research Article

Peanut Husk Filled Polyethylene Composites: Effects of Filler Content and Compatibilizer on Properties

Federal University of Technology, PMB 1526, Owerri 460221, Imo State, Nigeria

Received 31 May 2015; Revised 4 August 2015; Accepted 10 August 2015

Academic Editor: José R. d’Almeida

Copyright © 2015 Henry C. Obasi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Agrowaste biocomposites were obtained using peanut husk filler and LDPE. The effects of agrofiller content and compatibilizer on the mechanical and biodegradable properties of the composites have been discussed. Mechanical and biodegradable behaviour of LDPE became noticeably worse when it was blended with agrofiller, due to poor compatibility between the two phases. The presence of MAPE in the composites and its compatibility with the agrofiller, led to much better dispersion and homogeneity of agrofiller in the matrix and consequently to improved properties. Water absorption and thickness swelling indices increased with increasing filler content and were reduced on addition of MAPE. Furthermore, weight loss of composites via enzymatic degradation showed that both composites were biodegradable even at high levels of filler addition. However, composites with MAPE exhibited lower weight loss.