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Processing and characterization analysis of pyrolyzed oil rubber (from waste tires)?epoxy polymer blend composite for lightweight structures and coatings applications

In this experimental investigation, the authors have fabricated and characterized composites made from pyrolysis oil rubber and epoxy resin. As the dumping of waste scrap tires poses a serious environmental threat, the pyrolysis oil rubber was extracted from these waste tires only. The prepared blend having pyrolysis oil with various weight percentages (wt%) was examined on the basis of various physical, microstructural, mechanical, and thermal tests. The microstructural tests (scanning electron microscopy and X?ray diffraction) analysis complemented with the mechanical tests (tensile, compression, flexural, hardness, and impact) results and confirmed that the 4.4 wt% of pyrolysis oil in epoxy resin sample exhibited the best results in toughening of the polymer network. Furthermore, the thermal analysis (differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetric analysis), electrical conductivity, density, water absorption, gas chromatography–mass spectroscopy, and Fourier?transform infrared tests for the composites were also performed. Low density and high tensile strength than neat epoxy resin makes this composite a potential candidate for fabricating lightweight structures and in polymer coatings for automotive industries. POLYM. ENG. SCI., 2019. © 2019 Society of Plastics Engineers

Publication date: 13/08/2019

Author: Akarsh Verma, Laxmi Budiyal, M.R. Sanjay, Suchart Siengchin

Reference: doi:10.1002/pen.25197

Polymer Engineering and Science

This project has been co-funded with the support of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Union [LIFE17 ENV/ES/000438] Life programme

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