The ReCoVer Project: regeneration of thermally recycled glass fibre for cost-effective composite recycling

James Thomason, Liu Yang, Chih-Chuan Kao, Peter Jenkins, Eduardo Saez Rodriguez, Ulf Nagel

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Abstract

Global production of composite materials in 2015 will significantly exceed 10 million tons. Glass fibre reinforced composites account for more than 90 % of all the fibre-reinforced composites currently produced. Development of economically viable processes for recycling end-of-life glass fibre composites would have major economic and environmental impacts. This paper introduces and reviews the initial results of the ReCoVeR projects on enabling cost-effective performance regeneration of glass-fibres from thermal recycling of end-of-life automotive and wind energy composites. ReCoVeR technology targets treating glass fibre thermally reclaimed from GRP waste in order to regenerate a performance level which is equivalent to new fibres. Composite materials reinforced with ReCoVeR glass fibres can currently attain over 80 % of the reinforcement performance of composites produced with pristine glass fibres.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2014
EventSAMPE-ACMA Composites Conference and Exposition, CAMX 2014 - Orlando, Florida, United States
Duration: 13 Oct 201416 Oct 2014

Conference

ConferenceSAMPE-ACMA Composites Conference and Exposition, CAMX 2014
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, Florida
Period13/10/1416/10/14

Keywords

  • regeneration and recovery
  • recylcing
  • glass fibre
  • composite recycling

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