Processing and characterization of polyethylene-based composites
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Thermoplastic matrix polymer composites have gained commercial success in the semistructural and structural applications. Polyethylene (PE) is one of the most versatile and widely used thermoplastics in the world because of its excellent properties like toughness, near-zero moisture absorption, excellent chemical inertness, low coefficient of friction, ease of processing and unusual electrical properties. This review is designed for comprehensive source of PE-based polymer composites research, including structure and classification of PE manufacturing/processing techniques for PE composites, and it also described different characterization methods for PE composites. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) characterization methods were used to describe the thermal properties of PE composites. Morphological studies were explained by using scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM) techniques. Rheological properties and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) are also discussed in this review. X-ray diffraction (XRD) characterization was described in this review to explain crystallinity in PE composites. Hence, this review offers a comprehensive discussion on processing and characterization of PE-based composites.