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Composites recycling — no more excuses
Columnist Dale Brosius outlines six actionable levels of composites recycling that fabricators should follow.
Composites recycling is gaining traction
Although CW’s coverage of composites recycling dates back over a decade, informal statistics still show that only ~2% of composites-related companies are active recyclers. That said, three years since our most recent feature on the subject, there is demonstrably greater interest and activity, and real applications of recycled fiber are growing.
Composites recycling: Gaining traction
Recycling of carbon fiber, glass fiber and — at last — resins, is growing as new players enter the space.
Supply and demand: Advanced fibers
Demand for advanced fiber, virgin and reclaimed, is on an upswing after a dip during the recent recession. Fiber suppliers are gearing up to meet an expected increase in demand as manufacturers in a number of composites end-markets scale up or start up part development and production programs
Supply and demand: Advanced fibers (2015)
Demand for advanced fiber, virgin and reclaimed, is on an upswing after a dip during the recent recession. Fiber suppliers are gearing up to meet an expected increase in demand as manufacturers in a number of composites end-markets scale up or start up part development and production programs.
Carbon fiber reclamation: Going commercial
As the first commercial-scale carbon fiber recycling operations go online, research continues into both recycling alternatives and applications for recyclate.
The making of carbon fiber
A look at the process by which precursor becomes carbon fiber through a careful (and mostly proprietary) manipulation of temperature and tension.
Carbon fiber: Life Beyond the Landfill
Reclamation technologies give scrapped aerospace-grade carbon fiber new possibilities and a lower price point in nonstructural/conductive applications.
- Matrix resins, thermoset
- Epoxy, 250 F cure
- Epoxy, 350 F cure
- Epoxy, toughened
- Matrix materials, other
- Other matrix materials
- Fibers, organic
- Carbon, PAN-based
- Carbon, pitch-based
- Prepregs, thermoset
- Bismaleimide, >12K tow
- Epoxy, <12K tow
- Epoxy, >12K tow
- Phenolic, <12K tow
- Polyimide, <12K tow
- Polyimide, >12K tow
- Coatings and sizings
- Other fabricating services
- Materials analysis
- Recycling services
- Consulting, materials
- Consulting, process development