Tire Waste and Recycling

Tire Waste and Recycling

1st Edition - March 25, 2021

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  • Editors: Trevor Letcher, Valerie Shulman, Serji Amirkhanian
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128206850
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128206867

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Tire Waste and Recycling takes a methodical approach to the recycling of tires, providing a detailed understanding on how to manage, process, and turn waste tires into valuable materials and industrial applications. Sections cover fundamental aspects such as tire use, composition, trends, legislation,  the current global situation, the possibilities for moving towards a circular economy, lifecycle options, treatment methods, and opportunities for re-use, recycling and recovery. Subsequent sections of the book focus on specific technologies that enable the utilization of waste tires in the development of high value materials and advanced applications. Finally, the future of tire recycling is considered. This is an essential resource for scientists, R&D professionals, engineers and manufacturers working in the tire, rubber, waste, recycling, automotive and aerospace industries. In academia, the book will be of interest to researchers and advanced scientists across rubber science, polymer science, materials engineering, environmental science, chemistry and chemical engineering.

Key Features

  • Offers systematic coverage of tire recycling, covering composition, lifecycle, processing options, material developments and latest technologies
  • Explains end-of-life-options in detail, considering approaches and methods for reduction, re-use, recycling and recovery
  • Explores key application and product areas for recycled tire materials, from civil engineering, sports and leisure, to roads and transport, construction, automotive, and many more


Scientists, R&D professionals, engineers, and manufacturers working in the tire, rubber, waste, recycling, automotive, and aerospace industries. In academia: researchers and advanced scientists across rubber science, polymer science, materials engineering, environmental science, chemistry, and chemical engineering

Table of Contents

  • Part I. Introduction and Basic Information About Tires
    1. An Introduction to Tires and Recycling
    Valerie Shulman
    2. Tires and the Tire Market
    Peter Taylor
    3. Global Motorization: Increasing Tire Usage
    Simon Hodson
    4. Management of End-of-Life Tyres
    Valerie Shulman

    Part II. Towards a Circular Economy
    5. The 4 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover
    Peter Taylor

    Part III. Material Treatments and Technologies
    6. Cryogenic Tire Recycling
    James Anderson
    7. Regeneration and Devulcanization
    7a. Devulcanization
    Wilma Dierkes and Siti Saiyidah
    7b. In-Product-Sorting End of Life Tires for Effective Recycling by Devulcanization
    Said Seghar and Florian Lacroix
    8. Make Rubber, Sell Rubber: Building a Sustainable Industry
    Douglas Elroy Fimrite
    9. Pyrolysis
    9a. Technologies Update Towards Recovered Carbon Black
    Juan Daniel Martinez Angel, Celine Gisele Jung, and Jean Paul Bouysset
    9b. Recovered Carbon Black: Characteristics and Properties in Compounds
    Juan Daniel Martinez Angel, Celine Gisele Jung, and Jean Paul Bouysset
    9c. Recovered Carbon Black: Potential Markets
    Juan Daniel Martinez Angel, Celine Gisele Jung, and Jean Paul Bouysset
    9d. Recycling of Waste Tires for Silicon Carbide Production
    Giacinto Cornacchia
    10. Surface Modified Materials
    Frank Lindner and Alexander Paasche
    11. Moulding Industrial Products from Tire Ground Rubber
    Fabrizio Quadrini

    Part IV. Key Markets for Recycling Materials, Products, Applications
    12. Environmental Impact of Tires Used in Marine Construction
    Kenneth John Collins
    13. Civil Engineering Applications
    13a. Surface Modification of Crumb Rubber by Cold Plasma for Performance Enhancement of Rubberized Asphalt
    Serji Amirkhanian
    13b. Application of Rubberized Asphalt Mixtures in Low Temperature Environments
    Serji Amirkhanian
    13c. Application of Rubberized Asphalt Materials: Chinese Experiences
    Feipeng Xiao
    13d. Quiet Pavements: A Novel Approach of Utilizing Rubberized Asphalt Mixtures
    Krishna Prapoorna Biligiri
    13e. Utilization of Crumb Rubber Modifiers in Producing Polymer Asphalt Emulsions
    Amanda Koh
    13f. Utilization of Rubberized Asphalt in the EU
    Davide Lopresti
    14. Sports and Leisure Infrastructure and Applications
    Nicolas Evans
    15. Roads to Opportunities
    Serji Amirkhanian
    16. Construction: Acoustic Insulation in Buildings and Railway Applications
    Valenti Fontsere Pujol
    17. Reuse of Tyre Constituents in Concrete
    Kyriacos Neocleous
    18. Tire Derived Aggregate Applications in Civil Engineering
    Armen Amirkhanian

    Part V. The Future
    19. Green Public Procurement
    Ettore Musacchi
    20. Roads to the Future
    Valerie Shulman and Serji Amirkhanian

Product details

  • No. of pages: 650
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: March 25, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128206850
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128206867

About the Editors

Trevor Letcher

Trevor Letcher
Professor Letcher was Professor of Chemistry, and Head of Department in South Africa (University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and Natal) (1969 -2004). He has published over 300 papers on chemical thermodynamic topics in peer reviewed journals; and 100 papers in popular science and education journals. He has edited and written 28 books ranging from Future Energy Climate Change, Storing Energy, Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Managing Global Warming and Unraveling Environmental Disasters. He has been awarded gold medals by the South African Institute of Chemistry and the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He is currently Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and living in the United Kingdom.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Valerie Shulman

Valerie L. Shulman is the Secretary General of the European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA). The research she initiated in 1989 formed the nucleus of ETRA which was founded five years later. ETRA has over 250 member companies and organisations in 46 countries, worldwide. Dr. Shulman was a contributor to the Basel Convention Guidelines on Use Tyres (1999) and has represented the recycling industries at Waste Policy hearings in the European Parliament. She has participated in numerous research projects, prepared more than 100 articles in scientific and industry journals and authored or co-authored several books on tyre recycling technologies, materials and applications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Secretary General, European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA), Brussels, Belgium

Serji Amirkhanian

Dr. Serji Amirkhanian is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA. He was the Mays Professor of Transportation and the Director of the Asphalt Rubber Technology Services (ARTS) in the Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University until June of 2010, before he started his international consulting activities. He is also an Adjunct Research Faculty at UNLV and an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University (ASU). In addition, he is an Adjunct Faculty at IIT Madras (India) and a professor of Civil Engineering at Wuhan University of Technology (Wuhan, China). Dr. Amirkhanian started his teaching career in 1987 at Clemson University. The total dollar amount of his research and teaching the DOT certification courses contracts exceeded $25 million. His research has resulted in over 250 refereed journal papers, conference papers and research reports. He has also published two book chapters. In addition, he has conducted over 200 presentations around the country and the world presenting his research findings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Civil Engineering, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA

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