Effect Of Starch Addition On The Properties Of Low Density Polyethylene For Developing Environmentally Degradable Plastic Bags

Authors

  • M Ruhul Amin Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka
  • Basel F Abu-Sharkh King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran
  • Mamdouh Al-Harthi King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jce.v26i1.10180

Keywords:

Degradation, polyethylene, additive, starch, mechanical strength, DSC

Abstract

Starch is an inexpensive abundant product and is totally biodegradable in a wide variety of environments and allows the development of totally degradable products for specific market needs. We study the influence of starch on the degradation behavior of plastic films prepared by mixing the film grade polyethylene pellets with different amounts of starch. The mechanical strength of the polymer films were measured by Instron 5560 Tensile Testing Machine and observed that with the addition of starch mechanical strength decreases. As biodegradation rate increases with starch addition, 25 to 35% starch can be added safely in the plastic shopping bag without changing its strength significantly.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/jce.v26i1.10180

JCE 2011; 26(1): 38-40

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.
Abstract
897
PDF
3933

Downloads

Published

2012-03-24

How to Cite

Amin, M. R., Abu-Sharkh, B. F., & Al-Harthi, M. (2012). Effect Of Starch Addition On The Properties Of Low Density Polyethylene For Developing Environmentally Degradable Plastic Bags. Journal of Chemical Engineering, 26(1), 38–40. https://doi.org/10.3329/jce.v26i1.10180

Issue

Section

Articles