This investigation shows results for use of waste tire rubber powdered materials fabricated in composites by using polyurethane resin as a binder material. With this powders, processed at industrial scale for a recycling local company, rubber-based tiles were produced for several applications. The use of these materials is a solution that gives a valorization to the tires after use in many countries giving relief for an increasing problem worldwide with the tire use. Several concentrations and particle size distributions were investigated and tested. Tension and density tests were conducted in order to evaluate the flexible tiles for diverse applications. Scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and dynamic mechanical analyzer techniques were used to evaluate the microstructure of the samples. Weibull distribution analysis has been also included in order to analyze the variability of composite samples and thus characterize the manufacturing process at the industrial scale.
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The authors wish to thank the engineer Juan C. Salazar from Prismacaucho S.A.S. for his support and useful suggestions in this investigation.
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