Mechanical, Thermal, Morphology and Barrier Properties of Flexible Film Based on Polyethylene-Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Blend Reinforced with Graphene Oxide

Santana J. G., Ortiz A., Oliveira R. R., Rangari V. K., Guven O., Moura E. A. B.

TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition / Symposium on Characterization of Minerals, Metals, and Materials, California, United States Of America, 01 January 2017, pp.49-57 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-51382-9_7
  • City: California
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.49-57
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Ethylene-vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymers are widely used in the food packaging industry as gas barrier properties to oxygen, organic solvents, and food aromas. EVOH is very sensitive to moisture and its gas barrier ability deteriorates in high relative humidity conditions. This work aims to prepare flexible films based on melt-blending high density polyethylene (HDPE) and ethylene-vinyl alcohol (HDPE/EVOH/EVA blend) reinforced with graphene oxide (GO). The HDPE/EVOH/EVA/GO flexible films were prepared by twin-screw extrusion and blown film extrusion processing. The flexible films samples were characterized by tensile tests, TG, DSC and FE-SEM analysis and the correlation between properties was discussed. In addition, the oxygen permeability tests were performed at 23 degrees C, 0 and 90% relative humidity using an OX-TRAN (MOCON Inc.).