Glass fibre strength: a review with relation to composite recycling

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The recovery and reuse of glass fibres from manufacturing waste and end-of-life composites in an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective manner is one of the most important challenges facing the thermosetting polymer composites industry. A number of processes for recycling fibres from such materials are available or under development. However, nearly all options deliver recycled glass fibres that are not cost-performance competitive due to the huge drop in strength of recycled glass fibre compared to its original state. A breakthrough in the regeneration of recycled glass fibre performance has the potential to totally transform the economics of recycling such composites. This paper reviews the available knowledge of the thermally-induced strength loss in glass fibres, discusses some of the phenomena that are potentially related and presents the status of research into processes to regenerate the strength and value of such weak recycled
glass fibres.
Original languageEnglish
Article number18
Number of pages24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2016


  • glass fibres
  • composites
  • strength
  • recycling
  • recycled glass fibres
  • GRP recycling

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