Consortium study for the utilization of carbon fiber reinforced plastics

February 15, 2017

In a current Call for Partners, Fraunhofer UMSICHT is seeking partners from industry and research to investigate technologies and potentials for the raw material and energy utilization of carbon fiber reinforced plastics.

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Despite the increasing global demand and production volumes, there are currently hardly available recycling capacities and technologies for carbon fiber reinforced plastics. Against this background, the aim of the planned consortium study is to identify and evaluate alternative recycling routes for CFK waste. A closer analysis of the technical and economic feasibility of alternative recovery options opens up the opportunity for an expansion of the currently scarce treatment capacities.

Objectives and content

Within the consortium study Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics the use of CFK waste in metallurgical processes as well as in cement works is to be investigated. Furthermore, the technical feasibility of an integrated recycling of CFK waste at the site of waste incineration plants is considered. To this end, information on currently occurring material quantities and compositions as well as the requirements of metallurgical processes, cement plants and waste incineration plants are to be collected. Furthermore, the technical feasibility, necessary pretreatment steps as well as the economic viability of the displayed utilization options should be considered. Experiments on  pilot and/or   large scale level ensure the practical relevance. The consortium study complements the know-how of existing initiatives and studies on the material recycling of CFK by focusing on raw material and energy utilization paths. Thus, the study  provides a basis for the development of corporate strategies for dealing with CFK waste in technical, organizational and regulatory terms.

Procedure

At the start of the project, the consortium members determine the main focus of the study. In four one-day workshops in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, results will be presented and discussed and the further procedure will be concretized. In addition, it is possible to process company-specific questions or experimental work outside the consortium.

Expected project start: spring 2017

Duration: 1 year

Workshops: 4 x 1 day

Costs: EUR 5,000 for SMEs and R & D institutions, EUR 10,000 for major enterprises