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- Shogren, R.L.; Petrovic, Z.; Liu, Z.; Erhan, S.Z.
- Journal of polymers and the environment 2004 v.12 no.3 pp. 173
- soybean oil; linseed oil; tung oil; polymerization; oxidation; polymers; biodegradable products; biodegradability; biodegradation; mineralization; soil microorganisms
- ... The potential biodegradability of several vegetable oil-based polymers was assessed by respirometry in soil for 60-100 days at temperatures of 30-58°C. Films of soybean oil and linseed oil which were oxidatively polymerized (Co catalyst) on a kraft paper support were 90%-100% mineralized to CO2 after 70 days at 30°C. Mineralization of polymerized tung oil to CO2 was much slower than soy or linseed ...
- Foulk, J.A.; Chao, W.Y.; Akin, D.E.; Dodd, R.B.; Layton, P.A.
- Journal of polymers and the environment 2004 v.12 no.3 pp. 165
- flax; polyethylene; waste utilization; recycling; retting; polygalacturonase; modulus of elasticity; strength (mechanics)
- ... Municipal solid wastes generated each year contain potentially useful and recyclable materials for composites. Simultaneously, interest is high for the use of natural fibers, such as flax (Linum usitatissimum L.), in composites thus providing cost and environmental benefits. To investigate the utility of these materials, composites containing flax fibers with recycled high density polyethylene (HD ...