Advances in Composite Recycling – Progress Towards a Circular Glass and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymeric Materials Economy

October 10, 2019 - Fiber reinforced polymer composites are complex materials systems which present significant, nontrivial challenges to their successful recycling. In this webinar, the technical problems involved in recycling glass and carbon fiber composites were discussed alongside active research to recover and convert these materials into new value-added products. The presentation highlighted different ways in which your organization can become involved in helping to solve this industry wide issue and create a more circular supply chain for composite materials. Additionally, this presentation will give an overview of the concept of Life Cycle Assessment specific to the composites industry. Representative projects highlighting embodied energy results related to the automotive, aerospace, renewable energy, natural fibers, and resin systems will be explained.

Ryan S. Ginder
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Komal Kooduvalli
Oak Ridge National Laboratory