With the growing demand for bio-based materials, the present study investigates the use of soy flour (SF) as potential reinforcement in thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). Soy and poly(styrene-butadiene-styrene) triblock copolymer composite films are prepared using conventional thermoplastic polymer processing techniques. These composite films are investigated to evaluate the influence of SF concentration on the thermo-mechanical and rheological properties. The results suggest that environmentally friendly soy flour reinforced thermoplastic elastomers exhibit excellent properties and offer great potential to replace traditional synthetic elastomeric materials.
- mechanical properties
- soy flour
- triblock copolymer
- Agriculture & Business Management, Biorefining And Advanced Materials Research Centre - Professor in New Products from Biomass
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