Episode 12: Geoff Wood, Composites Recycling Technology Center
Geoff Wood, founder, fellow and vice president of innovation at the Composites Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) in Port Angeles, Wash., discusses CRTC’s mission (2:25), detailing financial support model and start (5:35), focusing on recycling uncured carbon fiber prepreg scrap material (8:01), which material formats are most viable to result from CRTC’s recycling efforts (14:23), development of pickleball paddles using CRTC material (21:11), how to move industry forward (30:44).
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The matrix binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines its surface quality. A composite matrix may be a polymer, ceramic, metal or carbon. Here’s a guide to selection.
The structural properties of composite materials are derived primarily from the fiber reinforcement. Fiber types, their manufacture, their uses and the end-market applications in which they find most use are described.
A look at the process by which precursor becomes carbon fiber through a careful (and mostly proprietary) manipulation of temperature and tension.