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Keywords:

  • crosslinking;
  • fillers;
  • waste foam;
  • polyethylene (PE);
  • composites

Abstract

Crosslinked polyethylene foam is widely used in packaging and as an insulation material. Finely ground waste of such crosslinked foam mesh size 7 or particle size less than 2815 μm is used as a filler in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) of two different grades (7.5 and 21 MFI). Mechanical, thermal, and morphological properties of filled composites is studied experimentally. Waste foam powder concentration was varied up to 40% by weight basis. Impact strength of base HDPE increased by a factor of six. The overall changes in mechanical properties are similar to the crosslinking effect. It is believed that waste foam particles act as a point of entanglement with different chains of polyethylene. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 91: 110–114, 2004