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Sustainability 2012, 4(4), 643-655; doi:10.3390/su4040643

Polymer Recovery from Auto Shredder Residue by Projectile Separation Method

1,*  and 2
1 School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Victoria 3083, Australia 2 Melbourne Technology Centre, Boeing Research & Technology Australia, The Boeing Company, Victoria 3207, Australia
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 29 February 2012 / Revised: 31 March 2012 / Accepted: 4 April 2012 / Published: 16 April 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Innovation and Environmental Sustainability)
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The number of vehicles on the road has been increasing at an enormous rate over the last decade. By 2015, the number of vehicles that reach the end of their life will be close to a million per year in Australia. Most metallic parts of the vehicle can be recycled but the plastic components and components of other materials are normally shredded and disposed in landfills. As more vehicles are using composite materials, the percentage of materials sent to landfill is alarming. This paper reviews existing polymer recycling techniques for End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) and proposes a more efficient electrostatic based projectile separation method. The test rig is at the preliminary stage of development and initial outcomes are promising.
Keywords: Auto Shredder Residue; End-of-Life Vehicles; recycling; manufacturing Auto Shredder Residue; End-of-Life Vehicles; recycling; manufacturing
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Lee, J.J.S.; Mo, J.P.T.; Wu, D.Y. Polymer Recovery from Auto Shredder Residue by Projectile Separation Method. Sustainability 2012, 4, 643-655.

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