IACMI Starts Robust, Scalable Composite Recycling Project

September 18 2017

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) apprises of a project to develop a robust and scalable composite recycling methodology. The project is led by the American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA), and includes a team with Continental Structural Plastics, CHZ Technologies, A. Schulman, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Owens Corning and Ashland, LLC are also providing important support to the project. For decades, a recurring challenge for the composites industry has been to determine a process to recycle both process scrap and end-of-life composites and reduce the volume of composite materials going to landfill. This initiative aims to combat these issues.

The goal of this technical collaboration is to develop a mechanical and thermal recycling approach that captures both the energy value and residual ash/fiber. This project also supports ACMA's goal to reclaim glass and carbon fiber from fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials. The project will study and test CHZ Technologies' promising pyrolysis technology, which recycles all liquids, tars, and oils from composite materials and converts them into clean synthetic gases while recovering both glass and carbon fibers.

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