Environmental Aspects of Recycled Carbon Fibre Composite Products
In this paper, we examine the fluidised bed composite recycling process and further processing method for recovered carbon fibre (CF), which has been developed at the University of Nottingham. Life cycle assessment (LCA) models are developed to quantify the environmental impacts of recovering CF and using as a substitute for virgin CF, making use of data from manufacturers and existing LCA databases. The manufacture of a thermoplastic CFRP using both virgin and recovered CF, via wet-lay non-woven mat process followed by compression moulding or injection moulding routes, is considered. Energy usage in these processing routes is modelled based on the process parameters, and the energy data are used for LCA analysis.
Authors: Fanran Meng, Jon Mckechnie, Steve J. Pickering
Conference: SAMPE Europe Conference 2016