Scrap-Rubber Based Composites Reinforced with Boron and Alumina

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


Composites made of reinforced scrap rubber are generating interest in transportation industries due to their unique combination of high strength, low density, and limitless availability. Whether the vehicle is an airplane, truck, car, or boat, weight reduction leads directly to reduced fuel consumption and operating costs. In the present study, different composite formulations are prepared by means of a low-cost production process. In this process, fresh scrap rubber is combined with varying amounts of boron and alumina, with the aim of optimizing strength through control of both composition and constituent bonding. Mechanical properties are evaluated by impact testing, bend testing, and nanoindentation. Microstructure is analyzed by scanning-electron microscopy (SEM).

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Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series