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Can EPDM use regrind?

Can EPDM use regrind?

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Just notice that our rubber part use EPDM material, the drawing call out 25% regrind allow, as understand that regrind is not an option for EPDM, is it true?

RE: Can EPDM use regrind?

I have always understood EPDM to be a Thermoplastic Elastomer Vulcanisate - in that it is cross-linked during processing? If so, regrind use will not be possible. (Unless it's put in as a filler - I guess all things are possible).

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RE: Can EPDM use regrind?

Prevulcanized rubbers are sold as ingredients for rubber formulation, so yes it can be done. The properties will not be the same as virgin rubber. It is the the same as using reground thermoplastics, but may be okay for some applications.

RE: Can EPDM use regrind?

Let's be clear about 'regrind'. I regard it as ground vulcanized rubber from scrap or recycled products, notably tyres. It could be made from EPDM and this would probably make it the most appropriate type for adding to virgin EPDM. However, regrind also comes from natural and other synthetic rubbers and their blends. Some can be added to EPDM in relatively small dosages but there will be an incompatibility problem arising from different rates of cure. NR and SBR regrinds can still undergo further vulcanization and since they cure faster than EPDM there could be a depletion in the amount of sulphur and accelerators available for the EPDM.

I'm sure Pud meant to say 'thermoset' rather than 'thermoplastic'

RE: Can EPDM use regrind?

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I'm sure Pud meant to say 'thermoset' rather than 'thermoplastic'


Indeed he did, stancom. Yet another senior moment.... Although a google would suggest I was almost correct in my error! TPV

www.tynevalleyplastics.co.uk

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RE: Can EPDM use regrind?

Whenever I talking about the permissible use of regrind material in a molding operation, it is the sprues and runners or scrap parts from the identical material as the virgin material. Thee is no cross contamination from other sources. Certainly not things like tires that could contain hundreds of different compounds. That is recycled material and completely different than reground material. I only allow regrind for thermoplastics, not thermosets.

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