Barrier properties Imerys highly lamellar mica reduce permeability of plastics films, packaging, biopolymers, recycled plastics and WPC
Highly lamellar minerals such as talc and mica create an effective barrier for air or liquid transmissions in plastics compounds. Generally speaking, the more lamellar the mineral the better the barrier properties.
The performance of these minerals in barrier applications will depend on aspect ratio, mineral particle orientation in the polymer and mineral addition rate. The particle size of the mineral selected will depend on material thickness: thin film for example, will require a finer mineral particle size.
Platy minerals form a more effective barrier against gas diffusion
Imerys highly lamellar minerals are particularly recommended for improving barrier properties in:
- Polyolefin film for food packaging applications
- Injection molded and blow molded packaging
- LDPE / EVA agricultural film used for greenhouse applications
- Biodegradable film
- Biopolymers and recycled plastics
- Wood plastic composites
Depending on the thickness of the film, we recommend our Suzorite® mica products for enhancing barrier properties in plastic film applications.
We offer a full range of custom formulation and technical and process support services to help you match the right mineral grade to your application requirement.