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Long-term performance of polyamide-based multilayer (bio)diesel fuel lines aged under “in-vehicle” conditions
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Polymeric Materials.
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2017 (English)In: Polymer degradation and stability, ISSN 0141-3910, E-ISSN 1873-2321, Vol. 144, p. 100-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The behaviour of a polyamide (PA)-based multilayer fuel pipe was investigated in “close to real” conditions using specially-designed ageing equipment with a program designed according to known customer driving modes and conditions (a key life test). The pipe was exposed to petroleum diesel and a combination of petroleum diesel and biodiesel. The fuel exposure pattern, as well as the temperature profile, followed a specified scheme in the key life test. It allowed for the investigation and understanding of complex ageing mechanisms, often observed in multi-layer systems with a variation in the running conditions. The mechanisms involved included migration of plasticizer from the innermost PA6 layer of the pipe to the fuel, and from the PA12 outer layer to the ambient air. At the same time, fuel was absorbed in the inner layer of the pipe. The oxidation of the innermost PA6 layer was promoted by the oxidation products of biodiesel. The diffusion-limited oxidation of the PA6 layer led to the formation of a 30 μm highly oxidized zone at the inner surface of the pipe, resulting in discoloration and oxidative crosslinking of the polymer. The toughness and extensibility of the pipe decreased significantly after prolonged ageing, and the extensibility was only 7% of that of the unaged pipe after 2230 h.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 144, p. 100-109
Keywords [en]
Ageing, Biodiesel, Degradation, Diesel, Embrittlement, Fuel pipe, Mechanical properties, Polyamide
National Category
Polymer Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-212222DOI: 10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2017.07.026ISI: 000414111700012Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85026869970OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-212222DiVA, id: diva2:1133967
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Swedish Energy Agency, 32519-3
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QC 20170817

Available from: 2017-08-17 Created: 2017-08-17 Last updated: 2019-09-30Bibliographically approved
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1. Ageing behavior of plastics used in automotive fuel systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ageing behavior of plastics used in automotive fuel systems
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The increase in service temperature and the use of biobased fuels, such as biodiesel, have raised concerns on the short/long-term performance of plastic components used in automotive fuel systems.

In this work the ageing behavior of unreinforced and glass-fibre reinforced polyamide 12 (PA12), exposed to three different fuels (petroleum diesel, biodiesel, and a mixture of these (80/20)) at high temperature, was investigated. The interactions between the polymer and the fuel, and the associated polymer ageing mechanisms (fuel uptake, extraction of monomer and oligomers, annealing and oxidation), were found to be “generic” in the sense that they occurred, although to various extent, for all fuels. In the glass-fibre reinforced polyamides, the ageing occurred mainly in the polyamide matrix and not in the matrix-fibre interface. The semi-aromatic polyamide showed better performance when exposed to fuels than the aliphatic PA12.  

At a component level, multilayer polyamide-based pipes, with polyamide or fluoropolymer as inner layer, were aged under “in-vehicle” conditions where the pipes were exposed to fuel on the inside and to the air on the outside. All pipes stiffened during ageing but embrittlement occurred only for the pipes with polyamide being the inner layer. Compared to polyamide, the fluoropolymer inner layer showed significantly better barrier properties towards the fuel and no material was extracted into the fuel. The plasticizer loss from the PA12 outer layers into air was diffusion controlled and its diffusivity followed a linear Arrhenius behavior in the high temperature region. Relationships between plasticizer loss and the changes in mechanical properties were established.

The polyamides experienced diffusion-limited oxidation when exposed to air and/or fuel, involving the formation of a thin oxidized surface layer which was responsible for a significant decrease in strain-at-break. 

The fracture behavior of PA 6 in air at high temperature, found to involve three distinct stages, were systematically studied and linked to underlying mechanisms responsible for the reduction in strain-at-break.

Abstract [sv]

En ökning i servicetemperatur och användning av biobaserade drivmedel, t.ex. biodiesel, har väckt frågeställningar om hur detta påverkar egenskaperna på kort och lång sikt hos plastkomponenter som används i fordonsbränslesystem.

I detta arbete har egenskaperna undersökts hos oförstärkt och glasfiberarmerad polyamid 12 (PA12), utsatt för tre olika bränslen (petroleumdiesel, biodiesel och en blandning av dessa (80/20)) vid hög temperatur. Interaktionen mellan polymeren och bränslet och tillhörande åldringsmekanismer hos polymeren (bränsleupptag, extraktion av monomer och oligomer, anlöpning och oxidation) befanns vara "generiska" i den mening att de inträffade, dock i olika grad, för alla bränslen. För glasfiberarmerad polyamid skedde åldrandet huvudsakligen i polyamid-matrisen och inte i gränsskiktet mellan matris och fiber. Semi-aromatisk polyamid visade bättre prestanda än alifatisk PA12 när dessa utsattes för bränslena.

På komponentnivå åldrades flerskikts-polyamid-baserade rör, med polyamid eller fluorpolymer som inre skikt, under ”fordons-lika förhållanden” med bränsle på insidan och luft på utsidan. Alla rör förstyvades under åldrandet men en försprödning inträffade endast för rören med polyamid som inre skikt. Jämfört med polyamiden uppvisade det inre skiktet av fluorpolymer betydligt bättre barriäregenskaper gentemot bränslet och inget material extraherades ut i bränslefasen. Mjukgöraravgången från ytterskikten av PA12 i kontakt med luft var diffusionsstyrd och följde ett linjärt Arrhenius-beteende i högtemperatur-området. Sambanden mellan mjukgöraravgång och förändringar i de mekaniska egenskaperna fastställdes.

Polyamiderna genomgick diffusionsbegränsad oxidation när de utsattes för luft och/eller bränsle, vilket resulterade i bildandet av ett tunt oxiderat ytskikt, vilket i sig bidrog till en avsevärd sänkning i brottöjning.

Brott-beteendet hos PA6 i luft vid hög temperatur studerades systematiskt, vilket ledde till att underliggande mekanismer som var ansvariga för minskningen av brottöjningen i tre distinkta stadier, kunde tas fram.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2019. p. 65
Series
TRITA-CBH-FOU ; 2019:51
Keywords
Automotive, Ageing, Polyamide, Diesel, Biodiesel, Diffusion, Oxidation, Plasticizer migration, Mechanical properties, Fracture behavior., Fordon, Åldrande, Polyamid, Diesel, Biodiesel, Diffusion, Oxidation, Mjukgöraravgång, Mekaniska egenskaper, Brottegenskaper
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Polymer Technologies
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-260472 (URN)978-91-7873-320-0 (ISBN)
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2019-10-25, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-10-01 Created: 2019-09-30 Last updated: 2019-10-03Bibliographically approved

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