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Xu, K., Zheng, Z., Chen, T., Li, K., and Zhong, T. (2015). "Study on the torque rheological behavior of wood flour/chitosan/polyvinyl chloride composites," BioRes. 10(2), 2549-2559.


Torque rheological properties of wood flour/chitosan/PVC (WF/CS/PVC) compounds were measured by a torque rheometer using roller-style rotating blades at various setting temperatures (175 and 185 °C) and rotation speeds (30, 45, 60, and 75 rpm). The torque rheological parameters were calculated based on the Marquez model and Arrhenius equation. The torque rheological curves of WF/CS/PVC composites were similar to WF/PVC composites without chitosan. The classical Marquez model was verified to be suitable for both WF/PVC and WF/CS/PVC composites. Specifically, the activation energy (ΔE), n value, and range of C(n)m for the former and latter were 27.698 kJ·mol-1 and 29.237 kJ·mol-1, 0.382 and 0.381, and 4.415 to 5.749 N·m·sn and 4.652 to 6.079 N·m·sn, respectively. The rheological properties of WF/CS/PVC composites did not show a great qualitative enhancement compared to WF/PVC composites.
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