Composites of linear low density polyethylene and short sisal fibres: The effects of peroxide treatment
Influence of sisal fibre content and different concentrations of dicumyl peroxide (DCP) on the thermal, mechanical and viscoelastic properties of short sisal fibre - linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) composites was investigated. Significant improvement of tensile strength was found after peroxide induced grafting between fibres and PE matrix. The stress relaxation measurements also suggest better stability upon prolonged loading of the samples prepared with 1% of DCP. It was shown, on the other hand, that higher DCP concentrations could have detrimental effects on the PE matrix, especially at low fibre contents. (C) 2004 Kluwer Academic Publishers.