Reusing polyester/cotton blend fabrics for composites

Yi Zou, Narendra Reddy, Yiqi Yang

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This paper demonstrates a unique approach of developing composites from used polyester/cotton blend fabrics without the need of plasticizers or additional matrix or reinforcing materials. Considerable amounts of PET/cotton blend fabrics are disposed every year due to the technical challenge and/or economical viability of recycling PET from PET/cotton fabrics. The feasibility of compression molding PET/cotton fabrics into composites was studied. The influences of plasticizers on mechanical properties of composites were investigated. PET/cotton composites without plasticizers provided 153% higher modulus of elasticity, 36% higher Young's modulus, similar impact resistance but 17% lower flexural strength and 44% lower tensile strength compared to that of PET matrix.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-770
Number of pages8
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • A. Fabrics/textiles
  • D. Mechanical testing
  • D. Thermal analysis
  • E. Compression moulding polyester/cotton blend fabrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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