Ahead of GOCarbonFibre 2017, we spoke to Jasmin Mankiewicz, PhD student at Hochscule Niederrhein, about her presentation on the reinforcement of epoxy resin with recycled carbon fibres using wet-laid process, what this research means for the industry, why using recycled carbon fibres is important and more.
Your presentation will be taking a look at the reinforcement of epoxy resin with recycled carbon fibres using a wet-laid process, could you tell us more about this?
Short carbon fibres can be re-used (especially as a wet laid nonwoven), they are better than injected molded carbon fibre reinforced parts with the same fibre length and there are a lot of applications (not in aerospace, but automotive, sports...) for recycled carbon fibre materials possible.
What are the consequences and results of these developments?
Maybe a rethinking in using recycled fibres and publishing more of their properties so that the companies are informed and maybe choose to replace some metal or glass fibre structures with recycled carbon fibres. Also a positive effect on the environment, because most of the time we produce material when we know where it can be used. So reycled carbon fibre can really be used in the future.
Why is it really important to use recycled carbon fibres and what does this mean for the future?
We have to save our environment and become more active against waste. The easy way to just burn it is not the future solution (look at the climate etc) but re-using is. And it will maybe bring an inexpensive option to make lightweight constructions.
Where do you foresee the carbon fibre industry heading in the next 5 years, and do you think the approach towards recycling will change any time soon?
I think the carbon fibre market will increase more and more, and carbon fibre automotives (maybe combined with electric mobility) will become common. Therefore recycling activities should raise and re-use of carbon fibres has to become more popular in different sectors such as automotive, wind energy, medicine, sports and maybe structures.
What are you most looking forward to at GOCarbonFibre 2017 in Munich?
Meeting other specialists focusing on carbon fibres for great talk and see a lot of research and development projects and state of arts in this area.
Jasmin will be presenting as part of the Recycling and Re-use session at the conference. Other presenters in the session include ELG Carbon Fibre, ITM, MAI Carbon Clustermanagement and Carbon Composites.
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