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Preparation and characterization of chitosan/polyvinyl alcohol blends-a rheological study

El Sayed Nasef, Mohamed Mahmoud and A. H., Yahaya and E. A., El-Hefian (2010) Preparation and characterization of chitosan/polyvinyl alcohol blends-a rheological study. E-Journal of Chemistry, 7 . S349 - S357. ISSN 0973-4945

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/275135


Blends of chitosan (CS) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) of different proportions (considering chitosan as the main component) were prepared. The rheological properties of the obtained blend solutions such as the shearing viscosity and the shear stress were investigated as a function of shear rate under various temperatures, shearing times and solution storage times using a digital viscometer. The CS/PVA solutions showed a Newtonian behavior at temperatures in the range of 40-55 °C regardless of the blend composition. This was accompanied by a general decrease in the viscosity with increasing PVA content in the blend. The heat-dependant viscosity changes of the blend solutions were found to follow Arrhenius equation. The shearing time was found to have no significant effect on the shearing viscosity of all blended solutions. However, the variation of solution storage period was found to have a mixed effect when time was extended to 3 weeks.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:chitosan, PVA, solution blending, rheological properties, thermal properties
Subjects:Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions:Chemical Engineering
ID Code:26572
Deposited By: Mrs Liza Porijo
Deposited On:18 Jul 2012 02:55
Last Modified:21 Aug 2014 00:44

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