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Keywords:

  • composites;
  • crystallization;
  • polyethylene (PE)

Abstract

The influence of multilayer carton scraps (MC) on crystallization kinetics of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) is detailed in this contribution. HDPE/MC composites were prepared by melt mixing, and a maleated linear low density polyethylene (MAPE) was added as compatibilizer. The crystallization kinetics of HDPE/MC/MAPE was analyzed as function of composition both in isothermal and nonisothermal conditions. The multilayer carton scraps appear to promote the onset of crystallization of HDPE, acting as efficient nucleating agent. The presence of MAPE as compatibilizer slightly reduces the nucleating efficiency of MC: the compatibilizer induces a delay in the onset of crystallization, caused by the need to exclude the bulky pendant groups of maleated linear low-density polyethylene from the crystals, as HDPE and MAPE chains cocrystallize. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2012