Mechanical and viscoelastic properties of chitin fiber reinforced poly(ε-caprolactone)

Biqiong Chen*, Kang Sun, Tao Ren

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Poly(ε-caprolactone)/chitin fiber (PCL-CF) composites as potential bone substitutes were prepared using a simple melt-processing method. The results from differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA) showed that there was interaction between PCL and CF. Static mechanical testing showed that tensile strength, Young's modulus and flexural strength were increased by the addition of CF. The measurements from DMTA and an advanced rheometric expansion system showed that both the storage modulus and loss modulus were enhanced by CF. The PCL-CF composite with CF of 45% by mass had the best properties among all the tested composites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-457
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Chitin fiber
  • Interaction
  • Mechanical properties
  • Poly(ε-caprolactone)
  • Viscoelastic properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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