ELG's Recycled Carbon Fiber Used in INEOS Team UK's Britannia Boat Cradles

December 09 2019

As the 36th America’s Cup campaign gathers momentum, ELG Carbon Fibre’s technical partnership with INEOS Team UK continues to flourish. To date, the recycled carbon fiber convertor has processed over 1.2 tons of the British Challengers waste materials and used these fibers to produce two cradles for race boat ‘Britannia’. Molds for the hull regions of the team’s test boats have also been manufactured using the same technology.

INEOS Team UK’s waste comprised of pre-impregnated and cured parts from the current campaign which ELG has subsequently reprocessed into thermoset and thermoplastic compounds and non-woven mats.

ELG’s non-woven carbon fiber mats were used to produce the curved cradles the hull sits upon. The company’s technical service engineers were on hand to provide guidance about the specific processing requirements for these materials. Vacuum infusion was selected as the most economic method for manufacturing these parts, although ELG materials can also be used in prepreg and liquid compression molding processes. ELG’s products were also incorporated into the hull mold, which again was made using a vacuum infusion process.

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