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n South African Journal of Industrial Engineering - Development of an eco-efficient product/process for the vulcanising industry

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Abstract

This paper presents the development of an eco-efficient product/process, which has improved mechanical properties from the introduction of natural fibres in the EPDM (Ethylene-Propylene-Diene-Terpolymer) rubber formulation. The optimisation analysis is made by a fractional factorial design 211-7. Different formulations were evaluated using a multi-response desirability function, with the aim of finding efficient levels for the manufacturing time-cycle, improving the mechanical properties of the product, and reducing the raw material costs. The development of an eco-efficient product/process generates a sustainable alternative to conventional manufacturing.

Die ontwikkeling van 'n omgewingsdoeltreffende produk of proses, wat verbeterde meganiese eienskappe het as gevolg van die toevoeging van natuurlike vesels in die EPDM ('n tipe polimeer) rubber formulering word voorgehou. Die optimiseringsanalise is gedoen deur 'n breukdeel faktoriaal ontwerp 211-7. Verskillende formulerings is geëvalueer deur 'n multi-reaksie wenslikheidsfunksie met die doel om doeltreffende vlakke vir die vervaardigingstydsiklus te vind en sodoende die meganiese eienskappe van die produk te verbeter en die roumateriaalkoste te verminder. Die ontwikkeling van 'n omgewingsdoeltreffende produk of proses genereer 'n volhoubare alternatief tot konvensionele vervaardiging.

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2014-08-01
2016-12-06
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