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TIRE RECYCLING TERMS
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SOME OF THE MOST COMMON TIRE RECYCLING TERMS.
Removal of scrap tires from stockpiles and other sites, which have accumulated whole or size-reduced scrap tires
Alternative Daily Cover (ADC)
A material used in place of dirt or soil in order to meet daily cover requirements at solid waste landfills.
Material can be a material found in the waste stream such as properly treated petroleum contaminated soil, processed/ground sheet rock, or a material manufactured specifically for daily cover purposes such as reusable tarps, biodegradable plastic tarps, or spray on products such as foam.
ADC must provide all the functions of the soil it replaces in a daily cover application such as vector control, dust and litter control, and fire resistance.
Ambient Ground Rubber
Scrap rubber processed at or above ordinary room temperature.
Ambient Ground Rubber processing where scrap tire rubber is ground or processed at or above ordinary room temperature to be mixed with asphalt.
Implies the use of an asphalt-rubber binder with gap or open graded aggregate gradations in a hot mix application.
American Society of Testing Materials
Cutting a tire in half along its circumference.
A method of volume reduction whereby tires are compressed into a bundle and banded together.
Storage in which tires are stacked flat on top of each other in a vertical position.
That part of the tire that is shaped to fit the rim.
Made of high tensile steel wires that are wrapped in woven fabric and held by the plies.
Dropping large amounts of material into a shredder, usually done with a grapple or loader.
British Thermal Unit. Tires contain an energy value when used as fuel. This value is measured in BTU.
A classified scrap tire particle that has a basic geometrical shape, which generally is 2 in. (5.08 cm) or smaller and has mot of the bead wire removed.
Also referred to as a tire chip.
Any apparatus for separating mixtures of materials into their constituents according to size and density.
Collection of tires
The act of picking up and moving take-off tires from th location of their generation to sorting stations or recycling facilities.
Fee charged to collect and/or haul and/or transport and/or sort take-off tires or shredded tire material.
A machine that crushes scrap tire rubber by passing the material between rotating corrugated steel drums, reducing the rubber to various sizes.
Material derived by reducing scrap tire or other rubber into uniform granules with the inherent reinforcing materials such as steel and fiber removed along with any other type of inert contaminants such as dust, glass or rocks.
Cryogenically Ground Rubber
The process of freezing scrap tire or other rubber and crushing the rubber to the particle size desired.
The shape, size and number of hooks on a cutter, The higher the hooks the more material can be grabbed.
A process in which crumb rubber is subjected to treatment by heat, pressure or the addition of softening agents to regenerate the rubber compound to its original plastic state.
Rubber that is a complex macro structure material and through vulcanization the sulfur molecules form complex cross linkages between and within the rubber macromolecular structure.
Any method that mixes crumb rubber modifier with aggregate before the mixture is charged with asphalt binder.
This method applies only to hot-mix asphalt production.
Material that is not easily fractured but tends to tear.
A shredder driven by electric motors.
An entity that receives processed or unprocessed tire recyclable material and uses it as a finished product or as raw material for a manufacturing process.
The facility which utilizes the heat content or other forms of energy from the combustion of scrap tires (for energy recovery).
The last entity that uses the tire, in whatever form, to make a product or provide a service with economic value (for other uses).
There are two forms of feeding recycling equipment. Batch feeding and Meter feeding.
Rubber material that passes through a standard size screen on which coarser fragments are retained.
A legal or economic means that directs the movement of materials to a specific destination.
The textile or reinforcing materials liberated from scrap tires or other rubber reinforced products during processing for crumb rubber.
Materials that are easily fractured
Any chemical or heat process used to convert rubber to a gas.
The amount of material and how fast it is pulled into the blades for processing.
A machine that shears apart scrap tire rubber, cutting the rubber with revolving steel plates that pass at close tolerance, reducing the rubber to smaller sizes.
Ground Crumb Rubber Modifier (CRM)
Irregularly shaped, torn crumb rubber particles with a large surface area, generally produced by a crackermill.
Material that results from processing scrap rubber through various mechanisms (e.g., crackermill, shredder, granulator).
A shredder driven by a hydraulic motor.
A term commonly used to describe or measure the size of crumb rubber.
Crumb rubber is sized by the screen through which it passes in the production process.
The finer the screen, the more openings it will have per linear inch, i.e., 30 mesh means there are 30 holes or openings per linear inch.
The greater number of openings, the smaller the material must be to pass through the screen.
Delivering product to the shredder in a controlled stream ,typically accomplished with a conveyor.
A machine that further reduces crumb rubber to a very fine particle, at ambient temperatures, using rotating abrasive discs or other abrasives.
The actual size of a part will be approximately the same as the nominal size, but need not be exactly the same.
Off the road tire (OTR)
Tire designed primarily for use on unpaved roads or where no roads exist, built for ruggedness and traction rather than for speed.
Post Consumer Scrap
Scrap materials, normally source-separated, that no longer have value for which they were originally intended, but can have potential reuse value as a raw material in new product applications.
Rubber comprised of finely dispersed particles, less than 40 mesh (425 microns) in size, that are generally characterized as light, dry and having very high surface areas.
ASTM D11 defines powdered rubber as being composed mainly of non-spherical particles that have a maximum particle dimension equal of below 40 mesh (425 microns).
Material that has been crushed, pounded or ground to smaller particles.
The thermal decomposition of rubber in the absence of oxygen to chemically break the tire into its original components of oil, gas and char.
A tire construction in which the body ply cords are placed straight across the tire from bead to bead; the belt plies run nearly circumferentially around the tire, under the tread, and constrict the radial ply cords.
Any rubber material derived from processing scrap tires or other rubber products.
Recycled Tire Rubber
Rubber obtained by breaking down used automobile, truck or bus tires.
The series of activities by which take-off tires are collected, sorted, processed and converted into raw materials and used in the production of new products
Crumb rubber modifier (CRM) added to the hot asphalt mixture using the dry process.
Rubber Modified Asphalt
A general term used to identify the incorporation of scrap tire rubber into asphalt paving materials.
Asphalt cement modified with crumb rubber modifier (CRM) at less that 15 percent by total weight of the asphalt cement.
Rubber-Modified Asphalt Concrete
A hot mix asphalt concrete mixture with dense graded aggregates a rubberized asphalt type of binder.
(Note- The CRM percentage is generally low (5 to 10%) and generally finer mesh (30 mesh or lower).
Rubber-Modified Hot-Mix Asphalt
A hot-mix asphalt mixture that incorporates the crumb rubber modifier (CRM) primarily as rubber aggregate.
Also known as the “dry process”.
The abbreviation for a Stress Absorbing Membrane.
A SAM is used primarily to mitigate reflective cracking of an existing distressed asphalt or rigid pavement.
It is usually associated with an asphalt-rubber binder sprayed on an existing pavement surface at .60 gallons per square yard (?05 gallons per square yard) and immediately followed by an application of a uniform pre-coated aggregate, which is then rolled and the aggregate is embedded into the binder layer.
The nominal thickness normally ranges between 6 and 9mm (¼ and 3/8 inch).
The abbreviation for a Stress Absorbing Membrane Interlayer.
A SAMI is the same as aSAM but is applied prior to an asphalt concrete overlay.
This overlay may or may not contain crumb rubber modifier (CRM).
A tire which can no longer be used for its original purpose, due to wear or damage, but can be recovered whole or in part through reuse, recycling, conversion or transformation.
Scrap tire processing
Any method of size reducing whole scrap tires to facilitate recycling, energy recovery or disposal.
A large sieve of suitably mounted wire cloth, grate bars or perforated sheet iron used to separate materials by size.
A type of shredder which has two counter-rotating shafts fitted with cutting discs or knives with hooks and spacers that intermesh and overlap.
Pieces of scrap tires resulting from mechanical processing.
A size reduced scrap tire.
The reduction in size was accomplished by amechanical processing device, commonly referred to as a shredder.
SHRP (Strategic Highway Research Program)
In 1987, the SHRP began developing a new system for specifying asphalt materials.
The final product of the SHRP asphalt research program is a new system referred to as Superpave, which stands for Superior Performing Asphalt Pavements.
Stress Absorbing Membrane
A surface treatment (membrane) using an asphalt-rubber spray application and cover aggregate. Same as a SAM.
Stress Absorbing Membrane Interlayer
A surface treatment (membrane) generally associated with an asphalt-rubber spray application and cover aggregate, designed to resist the stress and strain of reflective cracking and delay the propagation of the cracks through a new overlay. Same as a SAMI.
Single Shaft Shredder
One rotating shaft the grinds down the input material
A fee charged by the operator of a tire processing, recycling, energy recovery or disposal facility to accept scrap tires – either whole or shredded – delivered to these locations.
Tire Derived Fuel (TDF)
A fuel derived from scrap tires of all kinds.
This may include whole tires or tires processed into uniform, pieces which satisfy the specifications of the end-user for fuel.
Tire Derived Material (TDM)
Any rubber, steel or fabric material derived from processing tires or rubber products.
These materials are found in a variety of sizes, shapes and forms.
Tire Derived Aggregate (TDA)
A form of reusing scrap tires, either whole or shredded, in place of naturally occuring materials in construction.
Some examples are- as an aggregate replacement in leachate collection systems, lightweight fill material, crash barriers and reef construction.
A term used to define randomly ripped, torn or cut tire pieces which have no uniformity.
Equipment used to reduce tire materials into smaller pieces.
The pieces are usually irregularly shaped.
A revolving cylindrical screen used for separating mixtures or materials into their constituents according to size and density.
Rubber that has gone through the process of vulcanization.
This is a process by which an agent, such as sulfur, is added to rubber in the manufacturing process to give the product certain required characteristics, such as strength, hardness and elasticity.
Rubber is a complex macro molecular structured material and through vulcanization the sulfur molecules form complex cross linkages between and within the rubber macromolecular structure.
OTHER TIRE RECYCLING TERMS AND INFORMATION OF IMPORTANCE
Tens of millions of tires are discarded across the Middle East every year.
Disposal of waste tires is a challenging task because tires have a long life and are non-biodegradable.
The traditional method of waste tires management have been stockpiling or illegally dumping or landfilling, all of which are short-term solution.
Stockpiled tires provide perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes, vermin and snakes.
Accidental fires caused in tire dumps can rage for months releasing toxic fumes.
For example, a massive fire broke out at Jahra dumpsite in Kuwait in April 2012 where more than 5 million waste tires were stored.
Landfilling of tires is a major problem as tires come up to the top of landfill and can damage caps and liners.
Tires are not desired at landfills because of their large volumes and 75% void space which quickly consumes valuable space.
Many countries in North America and Europe have banned landfilling of whole tires and made recycling mandatory.
Tire recycling is the process of recycling vehicles’ tires that are no longer suitable for use on vehicles due to wear or irreparable damage (such as punctures).
These tires are among the largest and most problematic sources of waste, due to the large volume produced and their durability.
There are three major technologies for recycling of waste tires – ambient mechanical grinding, cryogenic grinding and pyrolysis.
TIRE RECYCLING TECHNOLOGIES
Ambient mechanical grinding
In ambient mechanical grinding process, the breaking up of a scrap tire happens at ambient temperature.
Tires are passed through a shredder, which breaks the tires into chips.
The chips are fed into a granulator that breaks them into small pieces while removing steel and fiber in the process.
Any remaining steel is removed magnetically and fiber through a combination of shaking screens and wind sifters.
Finer rubber particles can be obtained through further grinding in secondary granulators and high-speed rotary mills.
Cryogenic grinding refers to the grinding of scrap tires at temperatures near minus 80oC using liquid nitrogen or commercial refrigerants.
Cryogenic processing generally uses pre-treated car or truck tires as feedstock, most often in the form of chips or ambiently produced granulate.
When the tires are exposed to such low temperatures, they become brittle and can be easily crushed and broken.
It can be a four-phase system which includes initial size reduction, cooling, separation, and milling.
This process requires less energy than others and produces rubber crumb of much finer quality.
Rubber crumbs, the product obtained from ambient/cryogenic grinding of scrap tires, is used for manufacture of new tires or in a variety of landscaping applications including path paving projects, playground surface cover, running tracks, and athletic field turfs.
Pyrolysis refers to the thermal decomposition of scrap tires either in the absence or lack of oxygen.
Pyrolysis uses pre-treated car or truck tire chips as the principal feedstock. It is a two-phase treatment which uses thermal decomposition to heat the rubber in the absence of oxygen to break it into its constituent parts, e.g., tire-derived fuel (TDF), synthetic gas and char.
Cracking and post-cracking take place progressively as the material is heated to 450-500 °C and above.
The use of TDF in cement kilns, paper mills or power plants is one of the best uses of scrap tires.
The char can be used in low value production processes as a colorant or filler.
Crumb Rubber Sizes (Inch, Millimeter, Mesh)
Crumb rubber manufacturers need to understand the relationship between the inch, millimeter and mesh units of measure.
There are some readily available tools commonly used in the crumb rubber processing industry to help crumb manufacturers.
One such tool is the “mesh to millimeters” chart.
Another very useful chart is the dime chart.
This compares a magnified dime to different particle sizes.
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