Mechanical reprocessing of polyolefin waste: a review

Yin, Shi, Tuladhar, Rabin, Shi, Feng, Shanks, Robert A., Combe, Mark, and Collister, Tony (2015) Mechanical reprocessing of polyolefin waste: a review. Polymer Engineering and Science, 55 (12). pp. 2899-2909.

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Efficient technology and applications for recycled polymer waste has become increasingly important to decrease environmental contamination and to conserve nonrenewable fossil fuels. Mechanical recycling is the most widely practiced in Australia, since it is relatively easy and economic; and moreover, infrastructure for collection and reprocessing has been well established. In order to improve quality of end products of recycled plastics, various workable reprocessing techniques in the second stage of mechanical recycling have been developed and widely applied in the recycling industry. This article critically reviews the current reprocessing techniques of recycled polyolefins. Reprocessing recycled polyolefins is always accompanied with degradation, crystallization, and consequent processability problems, which result from molecular chain scission, branching, and crosslinking. The present state of knowledge and technology of various reprocessing techniques, including melt blending, filler reinforcement and mechanochemistry, is then described and evaluated systematically. Each reprocessing technique presents its own individual advantages and special applications.

Item ID: 42443
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1548-2634
Keywords: polyolefin, recycle, plastic fibre, mechanical reprocessing
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 14:31
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials @ 30%
09 ENGINEERING > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics @ 70%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870303 Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints) @ 60%
87 CONSTRUCTION > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870301 Cement and Concrete Materials @ 40%
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