A study of the elastic storage moduli of glass bead filled LDPE composites

J. Z. Liang, Chak Yin Tang, R. K Y Li, S. C. Tjong, Kam Chuen Yung

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The effects of filler volume fraction (φf) and filler diameter (d) on the elastic storage moduli of low density polyethylene/glass bead (LDPE/GB) composites have been investigated by using a dynamic mechanical analyzer in the present paper. The fillers used were GBs of different diameters: 4, 11, 35 , 49, 93, 114 and 180 μm, which were blended with LDPE by means of a twin screw extruder to produce the composites. It was found that the elastic flexural storage modulus (Ec') and the elastic shear storage modulus (Gc') of the composites increased non-linearly with increasing φf but the influence of d on Ec' and Gc' was not significant. On the basis of the previous work, a semi-empirical equation describing the correlation between the relative elastic flexural storage modulus (ER') and φf was proposed. The predicted values of ER' are in good agreement with the experimental ones.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)817-822
Number of pages6
JournalKey Engineering Materials
Issue number149 PART II
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1998


  • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis
  • Filling
  • Polymer Matrix Composites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)


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