Compression moulding of a recycled carbon fibre reinforced epoxy composite

Kok H. Wong, Stephen J. Pickering, Thomas A. Turner, Nicholas A. Warrior

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High strength carbon fibre was recycled from aerospace epoxy composite scrap using a pyrolysis process. The feasibility of using the recycled fibre in a non-woven form for a flame-retardant epoxy was investigated. Single fibre tensile tests and SEM analysis were used to determine the quality of the recycled fibre. No significant change in the tensile properties of the fibre was seen and the fibres generally had a clean surface. The recycled fibre was converted into a non-woven mat using a wet process. The mat was then compression moulded with resin film into a plaque to give fibre volume fractions ranging from 20 to 40%. The mechanical performance of the plaques was then analysed. A positive linear relation between stiffness and fibre volume content was observed. However, the contribution to composite strength with increasing fibre volume content was less significant due to the degradation in fibre length during the high-pressure compression moulding process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSAMPE '09 Spring Symposium Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Times. New Opportunities. Are You Prepared?
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventSAMPE '09 Spring Symposium Conference Proceedings - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: 18 May 200921 May 2009

Publication series

NameInternational SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (Proceedings)
ISSN (Print)0891-0138


ConferenceSAMPE '09 Spring Symposium Conference Proceedings
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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