EB-promoted recycling of waste tire rubber with polyolefins

László Mészáros, Tamás Bárány, Tibor Czvikovszky

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Despite the fact that more and more methods and solutions are used in the recycling of polymers, there are still some problems, especially in the recycling of cross-linked materials such as rubber. Usually the biggest problem is the lack of compatibility between the cross-linked rubber and the thermoplastic matrix. In this study we applied ground tire rubber (GTR) as recycled material. The GTR was embedded into polyethylene (PE) and polyethylene/ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (PE/EVA) matrices. In order to increase the compatibility of the components electron beam (EB) irradiation was applied. The results showed that the irradiation has a beneficial effect on the polymer-GTR interfacial connection. The EB treatment increased not only the tensile strength but also the elongation at break. The irradiation had also positive effect on the impact strength properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1357-1360
Number of pages4
JournalRadiation Physics and Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2012


  • Electron beam
  • Ground tire rubber
  • Recycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation

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