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Organic Sheets Made of Recycled Carbon Staple Fiber Yarns

  • Christian Goergen
  • Stephan Baz
  • Peter Mitschang
  • Götz T. Gresser
Materials Highly drapable

In order to establish carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites (CFRPC) in the branch, solutions on how to close the material loop must be found. Quasi endless, aligned staple fiber structures are one approach for a true recycling of carbon fibers (CF) while maintaining their mechanical properties the best possible.

In the year 2020, around 20.000 tons of CFRPC waste is expected [1]. That corresponds to an estimated amount of 12.500 (Estimation based on a FVC of 50% and an average resin mass density of 1.2 g/cm3) tons of CF, which is approximately 10 % of the today’s global production capacity [2]. This significant amount of waste is divided into two thirds of in-house (post-industrial) and one third of end-of-life (post-industrial) of waste [1]. These dimensions demonstrate impressively that an answer on how to recycle CFRPC must be found.

Less Downcycling, More Recycling

Today, different processes are available for transferring CFRPC waste into a second life cycle. All state of the...



The project „InTeKS“ (Innovative Textile Structures Made Of Carbon Staple Fibers; Development of an innovative, plastically deformable organic sheet) receives funding through the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie. (Förderkennzeichen VP2088343TA4)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Goergen
    • 1
  • Stephan Baz
    • 2
  • Peter Mitschang
    • 1
    • 3
  • Götz T. Gresser
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.the Institute of Composite Materials (IVW)KaiserslauternDeutschland
  2. 2.Institute of Textile Technology and Process EngineeringDenkendorfDeutschland
  3. 3.Technical University of KaiserslauternKaiserslauternDeutschland
  4. 4.University of StuttgartStuttgartDeutschland

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