Preparation of commercial TPVs from Devulcanized Rubber
This research project intends to further expand the use of the recycled rubber (also referred as devulcanized rubber) prepared from waste tires to reduce the threat caused by the increasing number of scrap tires. Due to relatively inferior properties, the devulcanized rubber cannot be used by itself. Hence, the research focuses on blending the devuclanized rubber with cheaply available plastics. A patented technology has been developed in our lab that leads to preparation of high quality devulcanized rubber. In addition to that, as a result of the MITACS Accelerate funded project we could setup a technology to successfully prepare commerciable thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs). The goals of this project are to further improve the discovered technology to expand its reach in the market which would benefit the partner industry and to combine the devulcanization and dynamic curing process into a single pass extrusion.