The rheological behavior of wood fiber/polyethylene composites made of corona treated constituents was investigated. Corona treatment of one or both of the constituents resulted in decreased melt viscosities relative to compounds containing untreated materials. The reduction of melt viscosity may originate from low molecular weight moieties formed on the surfaces of both polyethylene and cellulose during corona treatment. These may act as lubricants at interfaces. Also it was found that the corona tr…
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