Effect of curing temperature on properties of ovalbumin has been investigated. Functional basis, crosslinking degree, tensile strength, and hardness increases with rising curing temperature. The increase of visible transmittance and the decrease of absorption accompany with increasing wavelength. The absorptive peak shows at 440–450 nm and the wavelength of the absorptive peak increases with the rising curing temperature. The relationship of joint strength with solvent welded joints of ovalbumin to their microstructure is also investigated. Ovalbumin can promote joint strength after the treatment of distilled water and curing. Comparing joint strength with fracture morphology, the smoother fracture surface morphology is related to the maximum tensile and shear joint strength, respectively. The joint strength is increasing with curing temperature and compressive stress, and the joint strength of treatment with 150°C curing temperature and 0.12 kgf/mm2 compressive stresses are larger than its original tensile fracture strength of cured ovalbumin at same curing temperature.
Journal of Applied Polymer Science 124(3), pp.2144–2153