Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Abstract Recycling of polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) bottles for soft drinks is accomplished by depolymerization through glycolysis. Obtained intermediates are reacted with mixtures of saturated and unsaturated acids to obtain unsaturated polyesters (UP) suitable for use as a matrix for fibre-reinforced thermosetting composites. The influence of chemical structure of glycols on the chemo-rheological behaviour of resins, has been verified. By using di-ethylene glycol, the behaviour of the resulting UP closely resembles that of UP obtained from virgin monomers. Moreover, composite sheets containing UP developed in the present research, show enhanced toughness if compared with the analogous composite made of virgin UP resin.
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