Studies on the reprocessability of poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK)
Journal of Materials Processing Technology
Whilst demonstrating desirable mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and the ability to retain structural integrity over extended temperatures, PEEK (Poly (Ether Ether Ketone)) remains expensive, restricting broader usage. The reuse and recyclability characteristics of PEEK are therefore commercially important, where the most prevalent manufacturing process for PEEK is injection moulding. This study comments on the reprocessability of PEEK specifically applied to the injection moulding process, comparing the effect of repeated reuse on mechanical properties. Recycled PEEK retains its tensile properties through at least three moulding and regrinding cycles. XRD and DSC measurements confirmed that reused PEEK shows no degradation in crystallinity.
The authors would like to thank Dave Baker for technical support and Rachel Trimble for comments on the manuscript. This work was part of a project co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) Collaborative Research and Development programme, following an open competition.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from the publisher via the DOI in this record.
Vol. 214, pp. 75 - 80