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

Thomason, James and Yang, Liu and Kao, Chih-Chuan and Jenkins, Peter and Saez Rodriguez, Eduardo and Nagel, Ulf (2014) The ReCoVer Project : regeneration of thermally recycled glass fibre for cost-effective composite recycling. In: SAMPE-ACMA Composites Conference and Exposition, CAMX 2014, 2014-10-13 - 2014-10-16.

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    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.