Microparticle size and quantities effect on the mechanical features of end of life tires in thermoplastic composites
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Rights accessOpen Access
Currently, the huge use of tires generates large quantities of waste material which represents a severe environmental problem. The common technique used for processing waste tires is crushing using mechanical methods and separating tire components like fibers, metals, and rubber from the used tire. The aim of this research is the recycling of this rubber from crushed tires, called ground tire rubber (GTR). With this aim, the manuscript analyses key mechanical properties of the thermoplastic composites produced by blending of crushed and micronized small particles of waste rubber tires with several industrial thermoplastic polymers. These types of composites are defined based on the total amount GTR in percent by weight, in the composite, and also, the particle sizes used in each case, so these aforementioned two variables (microparticle size and amounts) along with seven common industrial polymers define a series of composites for which the mechanical properties were tested, studied, analyzed and finally presented. Finally, the results obtained show that this proposed recycling method could be a way to enhance some specific polymer properties and could contribute to reducing the total of end of life used tire stocks environmental problem
CitationMarín, M. [et al.]. Microparticle size and quantities effect on the mechanical features of end of life tires in thermoplastic composites. "Materials", 6 Desembre 2020, vol. 13, núm. 23, p. 5561:1-5561:19.