The last JEC Composites Magazine (September - October 2020) contains several articles dealing with the circularity and the recycling of composite materials:
- Composites recycling: in search of the circular economy
Recycling composite materials presents challenges, but companies across the industriy are prioritising sustainable circular economic strategies and developing viable recycling processes and business models.
- Innovative composites made from up to 92 % reclaimed materials
Infinici has developed a technology that allows to produce new composites from EoL glass fibre-reinforced plastics (GRP) and rigid polyurethane (PUR) composite materials.
- A new generation of recycled composite materials for sustainable mobility
Composite materials play a key role in the development of lightweight structures that help reduce vehicle weight. The main advantage of using more lightweight materials is the reduction of CO2 emissions, such as the large volume of waste generated during component manufacture, as well as during the incineration or landfill proceses of the materials in the end-of-life stage (EoL).
- Healable composites to improfe circularity
Composite structures are facing challenges regarding damage sensitivity, maintenance costs and sustainability. Inspired by nature, CompAir offers innovative preimpregnated textiles to build full composite parts with intrinsic healing functionalities, thus bringing down maintenance costs.
- Waste-free omposite wheel production
Wheels are ubiquitous, not only in our daily lives but also in machinery. Lighter wheels are often beneficial as less moving mass consumes less energy. Fibre-reinforced plastic [FRP] wheels have advantages over many metala solutions as they can be more than 50% lighter. Yet, their fabrication is resource-, time- and energy-consuming. CompoSpoke is a manufacturing technology that aims to overcome this shortcoming.
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - N° 136 September - October 2020