Polycaprolactone/chitosan blends: Simulation and experimental design

Hong-ping Zhang, Xuegang Luo, Xiaoyan Lin, Xiong Lu, Yanfang Zhou, Youhong Tang

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    The morphologies and properties of polycaprolactone (PCL)/chitosan (CS) blends were studied by experiment and dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulation. The simulation predicted the morphologies and dispersion of PCL/CS blends with different PCL/CS ratios. Experiments were performed for characterising morphology, thermal and mechanical properties. Both experimental and DPD simulation results indicated that the PCL/CS blend with weight ratio 90/10 possessed homogeneous morphology with excellent ductility. The study indicated that the combination of experiments and the computer simulation can be an effective way of designing and developing the polymer blends with the tailored properties.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)396-402
    Number of pages7
    JournalMaterials and Design
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Chitosan
    • Dissipative particle dynamics simulation
    • Material design
    • Polycaprolactone


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