RECYCLING

Carbon Fibers

South Korean carbon fiber recycling start-up scales up

With plans for growth, CATACK-H claims its solvolysis-based recycling process can reclaim high-quality fibers and resins from materials and finished parts.

Hannah Mason
Associate Editor, CompositesWorld

Thermoplastics

ICP thermoplastic tension members enable flex strength improvement

TM continuous fiber-reinforced rods help plastic parts perform more like metal by increasing load capacity and overall stiffness of the molded part. 

Wind/Energy

U.K. launches initiative for recyclable wind turbine blade technologies

The SusWIND initiative, addressing the recyclability and future development of composite wind turbine blades, will be delivered in three developments.
#sustainability #windblades

Design/Simulation

Dieffenbacher D-LFT line enables large thermoplastic component production

The high-capacity direct-long-fiber thermoplastic (D-LFT) molding line has been further modified into a one-stage extrusion process, and produces 100% recycled thermoplastic components.

Design/Simulation

Whitewater Technology debuts high-performance, recycled carbon fiber paddle range

Paddles consist of high-impact, non-woven composite that combines 40% recycled carbon fiber with a thermoplastic resin system and an aramid puncture-resistant layer for identical weight, strength and stiffness properties to non-recycled products.

Videos / Podcasts

Materials

Rhode Island boat recycling program plans expansion to other states

Having recycled 60 tons of fiberglass in two years, the RIMTA program will expand to Conn., Mass., Maine and Wash. state via funding from the NOAA Marine Debris Program.
#sustainability

Glass Fibers

National Composites Centre leads dismantlable joints research

Adhesive additive technology is reported to make composite parts easier to dismantle, maintain and recycle.
#trends #adhesives #sustainability

Aerospace

Industrial production line for recycling thermoplastic polymers and composites into organosheet

ThermoPRIME and Thermosaïc technologies recycle plastic and composite waste via modular, flexible equipment.
#cuttingtools #sustainability #peek

Carbon Fibers

Britannia boat cradles manufactured with ELG recycled carbon fiber

ELG Carbon Fibre has processed more than 1.2 metric tonnes of INEOS Team UK’s carbon fiber waste materials to produce two cradles for the new race boat.
#outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Episode 29: John McQuilliam, Prodrive Composites

Prodrive Composite’s John McQuilliam discusses the company’s primary to tertiary (P2T) carbon fiber composite recycling process.
#trends #precursor #sustainability

Thermoplastics

Zero-waste: New process, equipment recycles prepreg, tape offal

Technology provides sustainable approach to reusing valuable thermoplastic scrap in chips-based laminate.
#regulation #workinprogress #sustainability

Filament Winding

AeroLas explores new spinning technology for thermoplastic hybrid yarn

AeroLas is working to combine recycled carbon fiber with PEEK using adapted art textile machines and a patented air guided ring spinning technology. 
#braiding #peek #weaving

Materials

U.K. launches initiative for recyclable wind turbine blade technologies

The SusWIND initiative, addressing the recyclability and future development of composite wind turbine blades, will be delivered in three developments.
#sustainability #windblades

Thermoplastics

Dieffenbacher D-LFT line enables large thermoplastic component production

The high-capacity direct-long-fiber thermoplastic (D-LFT) molding line has been further modified into a one-stage extrusion process, and produces 100% recycled thermoplastic components.

Carbon Fibers

Whitewater Technology debuts high-performance, recycled carbon fiber paddle range

Paddles consist of high-impact, non-woven composite that combines 40% recycled carbon fiber with a thermoplastic resin system and an aramid puncture-resistant layer for identical weight, strength and stiffness properties to non-recycled products.

Materials

EconCore announces partnership for sustainable car concept project

Dubbed Luca, the concept car incorporates EconCore’s recycled PET honeycomb cores, as well as other waste materials including horse hair, coconut fiber, flax and plastic bottles.
#electricvehicles #sustainability

Materials

Aimplas SPARTA project focuses on recycling composite material methods

The SPARTA project will aim to find more efficient methods of recycling and reprocessing composite thermoplastic materials that reduce the aerospace industry’s overall waste.
#cleansky

Wind/Energy

UT receives funding for wind turbine blades recycling technology

The university is developing a large-scale glass fiber composite recycling system as an end-of-life (EoL) solution for wind blades.
#sustainability #windblades

NEW PRODUCTS: RECYCLING

Glass Fibers

ICP thermoplastic tension members enable flex strength improvement

TM continuous fiber-reinforced rods help plastic parts perform more like metal by increasing load capacity and overall stiffness of the molded part. 

Materials

Avient launches reSound R recycled content portfolios

Formerly PolyOne, Avient expands the range of sustainable solutions with its thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), polyamide and polycarbonate portfolios.

Core

EconCore licenses recycled PET honeycomb core technology

The company’s rPET honeycomb core is made from more than 95% recycled PET and is reported to outperform PP honeycomb cores.

Automotive

Cincinnati Inc. to offer BASF 3D printing materials for SAAM HT

BASF’s ABS plastic, carbon PET and recycled PET are now offered for use with Cincinnati Inc.’s Small Area Additive Manufacturing Machine.
#peek #precursor

Core

EconCore evolves thermoplastic, recycled honeycomb core materials

EconCore’s latest research is focused on high-performance honeycombs and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) honeycomb technology.
#outofautoclave