Manufacture and Mechanical Properties of PET-Based Composites Reinforced with Zinc Particles
American Journal of Physical Chemistry
Volume 6, Issue 2, April 2017, Pages: 31-36
Received: Mar. 14, 2017; Accepted: Mar. 30, 2017; Published: Apr. 19, 2017
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Jessica Osorio-Ramos, Departamento de Materiales, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Ciudad de México, México
Elizabeth Refugio-García, Departamento de Materiales, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Ciudad de México, México
Mario Romero-Romo, Departamento de Materiales, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Ciudad de México, México
Eduardo Terrés-Rojas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEM-Valle de México), Atizapán, México
José Miranda-Hernández, Laboratorio de Microscopía Electrónica de Ultra Alta Resolución, Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo, Ciudad de México, México
Enrique Rocha-Rangel, Universidad Politécnica de Victoria, Ciudad Victoria, México
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This work analyzes the mechanical behavior of new composite materials with polymeric matrix, made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (r-PET), reinforced with 10, 20, 30 and 40 wt% Zn metal particles, processed under isothermal sintering at constant temperature (256°C) and time (15 min) conditions. The r-PET/Zn composite material samples were obtained by a powder traditional technique, namely, ball-milling, uniaxial dye-pressing to obtain pre-forms followed by isothermal sintering. The observations through optical microscopy of the overall morphologies that resulted after sintering the samples studied, were compared against the r-PET-control sample without reinforcement, processed under the same conditions. From the results, it was found that the metal particles were distributed uniformly in the matrix; further, increasing amounts of metal particles tended to improve the mechanical behavior resulting in a stronger material, as was the case of the two materials with higher metal contents (30 and 40 wt% Zn).
PET, Mechanical Properties, Zinc Reinforcements, Recycled Polymer
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Jessica Osorio-Ramos, Elizabeth Refugio-García, Mario Romero-Romo, Eduardo Terrés-Rojas, José Miranda-Hernández, Enrique Rocha-Rangel, Manufacture and Mechanical Properties of PET-Based Composites Reinforced with Zinc Particles, American Journal of Physical Chemistry. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2017, pp. 31-36. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpc.20170602.13
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