Recycling of long fibre thermoplastic composites by low shear mixing

T.A. de Bruijn, G.A. Vincent, F.W.J. van Hattum

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Continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastics have become increasingly popular, therefore a need for high quality recycling becomes more crucial. This study thus focusses on recycling post-industrial waste of Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) dimensions into parts, with mechanical properties close to the original continuous fibre composite. A consolidated continuous E-Glass fibre polypropylene laminate is recycled to LFT material and compared to the virgin material and LFT pellets. Material is cut to flakes and processed by a small scale, low-cost and low-shear mixing machine and compression moulded. Mechanical properties match the theoretical model and are close to continuous fibre composites’ properties, when corrected for orientation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSAMPE Europe Conference 16 Liege
Subtitle of host publicationLiege, Belgium, 13–15 September 2016
EditorsB. Vangrimde
Place of PublicationLiege, Belgium
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2016
EventSAMPE Europe Conference 2016 - Liege, Belgium
Duration: 13 Sep 201615 Sep 2016


ConferenceSAMPE Europe Conference 2016


  • METIS-320989
  • IR-105059


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