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Current Applied Polymer Science


ISSN (Print): 2452-2716
ISSN (Online): 2452-2724

Research Article

Optimization of Hemp, Ground Tire Rubber, High Density Polyethylene Composites Based on a Quality Over Cost Ratio

Author(s): Hajar Yousefian and Denis Rodrigue*

Volume 1, Issue 1, 2017

Page: [72 - 78] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/2452271601666161213164904


Background: Today, the valorization of wastes and residues is important to follow the guidelines of sustainable development.

Objective: The objective of the work was to maximize the mechanical performances while reducing the costs.

Method: In this work, optimization of the mechanical properties (tension, flexion and impact) for a composite system containing high density polyethylene as the matrix, hemp fibers as reinforcement, ground tire rubber as an impact modifier, and maleic anhydride grafted polyethylene as a coupling agent was performed. The compounds were produced by twin-screw extrusion and molded via injection.

Results: From the results obtained, a quality/cost ratio optimization was done to determine the best composite formulation.

Conclusion: Overall, it was found that the best composition was around 30% hemp with 30% ground tire rubber as this composition represent a good balance between strength and toughness.

Keywords: Ground tire rubber, hemp, optimization, quality/cost ratio, high density, polyethylene, composites.

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