Comparison of the performance of masterbatch and liquid color concentrates for mass coloration of polypropylene

Sonja Haastrup, Donghong Yu, Thomas Broch, Kim Lambertsen Larsen

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The properties of polypropylene (PP) mixed with masterbatch (MB) and liquid color concentrates (LCC), respectively, were compared by preparing samples of PP with MB and PP with LCC and neat PP as a reference material using 1–4 extrusion cycles. Two colors were examined, i.e., a white color consisting of pigment white 6, and a green color consisting of pigment white 6, pigment blue 15:3, and pigment green 7. The color difference between PP prepared with MB and LCC was determined and the mechanical, rheological, and crystalline properties of PP prepared with MB and LCC were found to be generic. The color of PP obtained from MB and LCC were comparable. Further, it was found that the tensile strength, the viscosity, and the crystal structure obtained were similar when using LCC instead of MB. The viscosity of the treated PP generally decreased with increasing extruder retention time due to thermal degradation. The tensile strength and the crystal structure were independent of increased extruder retention time.
Original languageEnglish
JournalColor Research and Application
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)484-492
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016

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