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Post-consumer tyre granulation: products and applications
The increasing number of vehicles on the roads of industrialized and developing nations generates millions of used tyres every year. In spite of the fact that storage or landfilling of tyres does not pollute the environment by any emission, their resistance against any kind of decomposition, their enormous consumption of space when stored, the waste of raw material if not further used, turn used tyres into an environmental problem in many countries.
Nowadays, the foremost attention in EU, and in Nordic countries in particular, is given to the material recycling of post-consumer tyres such as shredding and granulation which tend to be the optimal recycling alternatives from environmental point of view. Undoubtedly, the production of tyre granulate is a costly process and that is why it demands developed potential market - to have the process not only environmentally sustainable but also commercially feasible.
Tyre granulate itself is a rubber of high quality. It can be used as a raw or composite material for many product and applications. The range of applications and products includes physical constructions (civil engineering applications), product manufacture (livestock mattresses, automotive products, among others), through to sophisticated raw materials and compounds (additives, thermoplastic elastomers, carbon materials).
The aim of this thesis work is rubber granulate-based product Research & Development including laboratory testings. The main product to develop and optimise is granulate-based absorption mats for oil (also other organic hydrocarbons) decontamination in water.
We are looking for the active and interested students fluent in English who are familiar with post-consumer tyre management, have skills in organic/polymer chemistry, and familiar with the laboratory work.
Practical work is planned to be done at Högskolan in Borås.
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