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Fuel Processing Technology
Volume 90, Issue 4, April 2009, Pages 545-552
Pyrolysis of mixed plastics for the recovery of useful products
Mohammad Nahid Siddiqui a
Halim Hamid Redhwi b
a Chemistry Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
b Chemical Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
Received 2 June 2008, Revised 9 November 2008, Accepted 8 January 2009, Available online 1 February 2009.
Thermal and catalytic pyrolysis of polystyrene (PS) with low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP), poly-ethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics were carried out in a 25 cm3 stainless steel micro reactor at around 430–440 °C under 5.5–6.0 MPa of N2 gas pressure for 1 h. Three reactions of each plastic with PS were conducted in the ratio of 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3. The amount of PS was varied to explore its role and reactivity. In all coprocessing reactions, ratio 1:1 afforded the best yields in the form pyrolytic oils. SIM distillation of hexane soluble portion showed that the low boiling fractions were not found and fractions were obtained only after 96 °C + boiling point. It could be due to the vaporization of high volatile components. In most of the binary pyrolysis, light cycle oil (LCO) fractions have low recovery than heavy cycle oil (HCO). GC identified some very important chemical compounds present in the liquid products obtained from the pyrolysis of mixed plastics. The results obtained from this study have shown usefulness and feasibility of the pyrolysis process of the mixed plastics as an alternative approach to feedstock recycling.
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