Injection Molding in Biodegradable Plastics

  1. Dr. K. Grassie2,
  2. Prof. Dr. E. Teuckhoff3,
  3. Prof. Dr. G. Wegner4,
  4. Prof. Dr. J. Hausselt5 and
  5. Prof. Dr. H. Hanselka6
  1. Prabhu Kandachar,
  2. Joke Reijnhoudt,
  3. Rolf Koster and
  4. Ineke Goedhart

Published Online: 27 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527607420.ch59

Functional Materials, Volume 13

Functional Materials, Volume 13

How to Cite

Kandachar, P., Reijnhoudt, J., Koster, R. and Goedhart, I. (2000) Injection Molding in Biodegradable Plastics, in Functional Materials, Volume 13 (eds K. Grassie, E. Teuckhoff, G. Wegner, J. Hausselt and H. Hanselka), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527607420.ch59

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Philips Forschungslaboratorium, Postfach 500145, 52085 Aachen, Germany

  2. 3

    Siemens AG, Postfach 3240, 91050 Erlangen, Germany

  3. 4

    Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz, Germany

  4. 5

    Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Postfach 3640, 76201 Karlsruhe, Germany

  5. 6

    Institut für Mechanik, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Universitätsplatz 2, 39160 Magdeburg, Germany

Author Information

  1. Faculty of Design, Engineering and Production, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 APR 2006
  2. Published Print: 27 JUN 2000

Book Series:

  1. EUROMAT 99

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527302543

Online ISBN: 9783527607426



  • functional materials;
  • biodegradable thermoplastics;
  • injection molding


An exploratory investigation was conducted to establish the importance of injection molding conditions for mechanical behavior of two biodegradable thermoplastics. Tensile test results are reported from specimens with 2 mm and 4 mm wall thicknesses, as well as a 2 mm thick specimen with a cold flow weld line. One of the challenges in injection molding with these materials was a limitation to the process window because of narrow margins for melt plasticizing temperatures, pressures and screw rotation rates. The results show that mold filling pressure and melt front speed have a strong effect on tensile behavior, particularly on strain at yield or break.