Single polymer composites by partially melting recycled polyamide 6 fibers: Preparation and characterization

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  • Ying Gong,

    1. Joint Laboratory of Polymer Science and Technology, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, People's Republic of China
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  • Guisheng Yang

    Corresponding author
    1. Shanghai Genius Advanced Materials Co. Ltd, Shanghai 201109, People's Republic of China
    • Shanghai Genius Advanced Materials Co. Ltd, Shanghai 201109, People's Republic of China
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Abstract

Recycled polyamide 6 (PA6) cloth was used as the only raw material to prepare single polymer composites (SPC) by partially melting the PA6 fibers. During the process, part of PA6 fibers was melted to fill the gap between the remained fibers at a temperature in the melting temperature range of fibers. The matrix was in situ formed by recrystallization of the molten part and bonded the remained unmolten fibers together with cooling. Effects of a critical parameter, processing temperature (222–228°C), on the partially melting behavior of PA6 fibers and the properties of the resulting SPC were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and tensile tests. As a result, at the processing temperature of 226°C, 31% of PA6 fibers were exactly molt to form the matrix and the tensile strength of prepared SPC achieved a maximal value of 138 MPa that was 105% higher than the one of neat PA6. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2010

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