Mechanical Properties of Recovered Carbon Fibers
The use of Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) has grown significantly since their introduction. Increased interest in environmental issues could inhibit their growth unless a cost effective way to recycle FRP is developed. This test program investigates the feasibility of using pyrolysis to recover carbon fibers from FRP composite scrap. Several runs were done on a bench scale pyrolysis unit to optimize the processing parameters. A larger pyrolysis unit was used to recover enough carbon fibers to perform mechanical property tests. The recovered fibers and virgin fibers were formulated into a molding compound. Panels were press molded and samples were tested in tension. The testing proved that pyrolysis could be used to successfully recover carbon fibers from scrap FRP composites.
J. F. Unser et al., "Mechanical Properties of Recovered Carbon Fibers," Proceedings of the 1999 44th International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition 'Envolving and Revolutionary Technologies for the New Millennium', Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), Jan 1999.
44th International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition 'Envolving and Revolutionary Technologies for the New Millennium'
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Cost Effectiveness; Economics; Environmental Protection; Mechanical Properties; Mechanical Testing; Molding; Pollution Control; Pyrolysis; Recycling; Tensile Testing
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