Polymer Tiles from Polyethylene Wastes and Kaolin: Mechanical Properties and Durability


Authors : OLALEKAN SUNDAY FAYEMI; ABDUR-RAHIM ADEBISI GIWA; OLORUNNIYI AYOTUNDE GABRIEL

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 1 - January

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7628705

The recent cost of materials for construction, likewise the resources needed in manufacturing these materials in an enabling situation, is affecting the world's construction industry, which is expanding at an unprecedented pace. Plastic wastes are a significant environmental concern due to their widespread use, nonbiodegradability, and contamination from incineration and landfill, recycling these wastes into tiles would be a significant benefit. The mechanical qualities of tiles made from Polyethylene wastes, and kaolin sand aggregates becomes the insight of this study. Polyethylene wastes were added to other aggregates in various percentages of 100%, 75%, 50% and 25% by mass. Assessment of physical and mechanical properties reveals that, in terms of material density, mass, and chemical resistance, the tiles labelled PEK 4 outperforms the other proportion of waste. The composite tile PEK 3 demonstrated good % water absorption and enhanced compressive strength of 16.51100 N/mm2 . There was no significant difference in mass after soaked in different acid, salt and base solutions for seven days. Finally, as tile products, Polyethyleneinterlock tiles have better strength, chemical tolerance, low water absorption, and are friendlyenvironmentally. This possibility will not only reduce cost of construction materials, but it will also serve as a waste diversion, reducing the environmental impact of plastic waste disposal.

Keywords : polyethylene, mechanical properties, plastic wastes, tiles, durability,kaolin

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