Recycling Carbon Fiber Composites Using Electromagnetic Fields

Abstract

We propose a novel method that employs electromagnetic fields to heat carbon fibers inside a composite part and degrade the matrix away, in contrast to existing approaches, which need considerable utilities, emissions, capital costs, and operational costs. This allows us to reclaim, recycle, and reuse carbon fibers.

Website

https://tamus.flintbox.com/technologies/AD34ACD0A0334C91B9F0DFD0E0F0FAE5

Advantages

Only uses electricity, resulting in considerable reductions in emissions.

Carbon fiber recycling may be done in a distributed manner with little infrastructure or equipment footprint.

Adheres to new regulations requiring re-use of aerospace and automotive components.

Potential Applications

Recycling carbon fiber for aerospace, windmill, and automotive manufacture.

Contact Information

Name: Sheikh Ismail

Email: smismail@tamu.edu

Phone: 979-862-3273