Effect of Recycling on Material Properties of Glass-filled Polyethylene Terephthalate
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Recycled plastics are considered low performance materials because their properties are expected to decrease drastically with recycling. The objective of this study was to characterize a 15 wt.% glass filled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET-15GF) using six recycle generations and four recycle ratios. Mechanical properties such as tensile strength, elastic modulus, and percent elongation to failure of the PET composite were determined for various recycle generations and recycle ratios. Results show that the mechanical properties of rPET-15GF decrease slightly per recycle generation. In contrast, thermal properties of rPET-15GF were not at all affected by the recycling process. This data demonstrates that recycled glass filled PET can be used effectively to fabricate components without significantly affecting their mechanical performance.
KeywordsGlass filled PET Recycling Mechanical properties Thermal properties
The authors are grateful to Professor Pablo Caceres, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez for obtaining the FESEM images.
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