Atomic Force Microscopy and Tensile Strength Analyses of Recycled PAN and PET Blends
International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Volume 3, Issue 5-1, October 2015, Pages: 17-21
Received: Jul. 16, 2015; Accepted: Jul. 28, 2015; Published: Sep. 2, 2015
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T. A. Adegbola, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
E. R. Sadiku, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
S. S. Ray, Center for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR), Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria, South Africa
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Abstract
This investigation focuses on blend of recycled polyacrylonitrile fiber with neat polyethylene terephthalate in order to develop a new product and to improve on the properties of PAN/PET blend for possible new application. The micro-structural characterization using AFM shows possibility of blends development. The AFM images revealed an interpenetrating network of phases in the blends. The mechanical properties: modulus and tensile strength of the blended samples improved when compared to the recycled PAN and pure PET samples. This mechanical property improvement is due to a high ratio of PAN in the composition. This also paves way for possible reuse of PAN fibers rather than disposing it as a waste.
Keywords
Recycling, Blends, PAN, PET, Impact Test, Characterization
To cite this article
T. A. Adegbola, E. R. Sadiku, S. S. Ray, Atomic Force Microscopy and Tensile Strength Analyses of Recycled PAN and PET Blends, International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis. Special Issue: New Horizons in Environmental Science. Vol. 3, No. 5-1, 2015, pp. 17-21. doi: 10.11648/j.ijema.s.2015030501.13
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