Integration of COmposites for Greener Engine
Recyclability of composites from aerospace industry
Supervisors: Prof. Stoyan Gaydardzhiev (ULg)
Call identifier: SW_ICOGEN
Duration: 24 months (01/2014- 12/2015)
Institutional partners: University of Liège (ULg: GeMMe – M&S – MN2L), Catholic University of Louvain (UCL: ARCOMAT)
Industrial partners: TechSpace Aero, Sirris, Coexpair, GDTech, Samtech, E-Xstream
Funding: Public Service of Wallonia
Keywords: Recycling, Composites, Fibre reinforced polymers, Carbon fibre reinforced products, Glass fibre reinforced polymers, Selective fragmentation, Grinding
As the use of composites steadily increases in the aerospace industry, questions arise regarding the recyclability of this kind of materials.
Within the frame of Skywin Wallonie, the GeMMe group has the following objectives:
- Understand and review the recycling technologies (efficiency, risks, …);
- Characterize the products to recycle in terms of chemistry and structure;
- Identify opportunities to valorize the recycled products (creation of value).
So far several tests have been carried out with cutting mills, rotating mills and by high-voltage pulses fragmentation.