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Biopolymer foams - relationship between material characteristics and foaming behavior of cellulose based foams

: Rapp, F.; Schneider, A.; Elsner, P.


Altstädt, V. ; American Institute of Physics -AIP-, New York:
29th International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society, PPS 2013. Proceedings : 15–19 July 2013, Nuremberg, Germany
New York, N.Y.: AIP Press, 2014 (AIP Conference Proceedings 1593)
ISBN: 978-0-7354-1227-9
Polymer Processing Society (PPS International Conference) <29, 2013, Nuremberg>
Fraunhofer ICT ()

Biopolymers are becoming increasingly important to both industry and consumers. With regard to waste management, CO2 balance and the conservation of petrochemical resources, increasing efforts are being made to replace standard plastics with bio-based polymers. Nowadays biopolymers can be built for example of cellulose, lactic acid, starch, lignin or bio mass. The paper will present material properties of selected cellulose based polymers (cellulose propionate [CP], cellulose acetate butyrate [CAB]) and corresponding processing conditions for particle foams as well as characterization of produced parts. Special focus is given to the raw material properties by analyzing thermal behavior (differential scanning calorimetry), melt strength (Rheotens test) and molecular weight distribution (gel-permeation chromatography). These results will be correlated with the foaming behavior in a continuous extrusion process with physical blowing agents and underwater pelletizer. Process set-up regarding particle foam technology, including extrusion foaming and pre-foaming, will be shown. The characteristics of the resulting foam beads will be analyzed regarding part density, cell morphology and geometry. The molded parts will be tested on thermal conductivity as well as compression behavior (E-modulus, compression strength).