Investigation of fatigue and mechanical properties of the pipe grade poly(vinyl chloride) using recycled scraps

J. M. Lee, J. S. Moon, H. Lee, Byoung-Ho Choi

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In this paper, the effect of using pre-consumer PVC scraps on static and long-term mechanical properties is studied. The degradation characteristics of mixing virgin PVC with crushed pre-consumer and PVC pipe scraps are analyzed using various tools including Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The variation of static mechanical properties as a function of adding pre-consumer PVC pipe scraps is investigated using the degradation analyses of recycled PVC scraps. In addition, fatigue tests are executed to evaluate the long-term durability of blending virgin PVC and recycled PVC scraps, and the fracture surface is investigated in detail to reveal the variation of the fracture mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-371
Number of pages10
JournalExpress Polymer Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1



  • Fatigue
  • Fractography
  • Poly(vinyl chloride)
  • Recycling
  • Thermal degradation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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