The potential for fibre alignment in the manufacture of polymer composites from recycled carbon fibre

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

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Abstract

This paper studies the feasibility and potential benefits of aligning recycled carbon fibres, in the form of short individual filaments, to manufacture fibre reinforced polymer composites. A review of fibre alignment processes is presented to provide insight into the different alignment technologies. The main focus is on wet hydrodynamic processes, which offer a high degree of alignment for discontinuous fibres. The process parameters that govern the alignment efficiency are also reported. The effect of alignment on fibre packing efficiency in the manufacture of composites is included, together with a report of preliminary fibre alignment results obtained from three different alignment processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-231
Number of pages7
JournalSAE International Journal of Aerospace
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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