Effect of reprocessing on the mechanical properties of poly(butylene- succinate)

Shigeyuki Nakashima, Atsushi Hotta, Satoshi Somiya

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Abstract

The effect of material recycling on the mechanical properties of biodegradable poly-(butylenes-succinate) (PBS) is discussed as one of the environmental pollution-controlling methods using biodegradable plastics. To analyze the relationship between reprocessing and the mechanical properties of PBS, the number of reprocessing cycles was varied, followed by the measurements of the bending strength and the bending modulus of PBS. It was found that even after the fifth cycle of reprocessing, there was no significant change in the mechanical properties of the material. The influence of the cumulative damage caused by hot water on the mechanical properties was also discussed. It was found that the material degraded under non-hydrolysis conditions has recovered its original characteristics by reprocessing. For example, the material degradation caused by absorption of water was slightly healed, partially regaining its original mechanical properties owing to the removal of water during reprocessing. Moreover, the bending strength remained constant after reprocessing of the material degraded by hydrolysis. From the results, it was concluded that the cumulative damage due to the hydrolysis remained unchanged in the material even after reprocessing. It was also concluded that the cumulative damage can be estimated as an integral of the damage during each reprocessing cycle.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety for Experimental Mechanics - 11th International Congress and Exhibition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2008
Pages1782-1789
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 22
Event11th International Congress and Exhibition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2008 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 2008 Jun 22008 Jun 5

Publication series

NameSociety for Experimental Mechanics - 11th International Congress and Exhibition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2008
Volume4

Other

Other11th International Congress and Exhibition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2008
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period08/6/208/6/5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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    Nakashima, S., Hotta, A., & Somiya, S. (2008). Effect of reprocessing on the mechanical properties of poly(butylene- succinate). In Society for Experimental Mechanics - 11th International Congress and Exhibition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2008 (pp. 1782-1789). (Society for Experimental Mechanics - 11th International Congress and Exhibition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics 2008; Vol. 4).