Aluminium-filled low-density polyethylene—structural, morphological, and mechanical properties



Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) was filled with aluminium (Al) powder having concentrations of 1, 4, and 6% w/w. The samples in the form of disc containing the above concentration of Al powder were obtained using hot press molder. The structural properties have been investigated using density measurement and WAXD techniques. The morphology of pure LDPE and Al-filled LDPE samples has been studied from scanning electron micrographs. The modulus of elasticity of the samples has been determined using Instron tensile tester. Results indicate that the crystallinity of LDPE component increases with the concentration of aluminium filler. Morphological changes also have been observed. The Young's modulus (Y) generally increases and becomes maximum for 4% Al-filled LDPE sample. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 2007