Microwave heating as a means for carbon fibre recovery from polymer composites: A technical feasibility study

Edward Lester, Sam Kingman, Kok Hoong Wong, Chris Rudd, Stephen Pickering, Nidal Hilal

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Abstract

Carbon fibre composites with an epoxy resin matrix were subjected to microwave-heating experiments in order to volatilise the polymer content and to produce clean fibres for potential reuse in high-grade applications. The composites were processed at 3kW for 8s in a multimode microwave applicator. The recovered fibres were characterised by tensile tests and electron microscopy. The results compare favourably with virgin fibre properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1549-1556
Number of pages8
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Volume39
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 3 2004

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Keywords

  • A. Composites
  • A. Polymers
  • C. Thermogravimetric analysis
  • D. Atomic force microscopy
  • D. Dielectric properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Microwave heating as a means for carbon fibre recovery from polymer composites : A technical feasibility study. / Lester, Edward; Kingman, Sam; Wong, Kok Hoong; Rudd, Chris; Pickering, Stephen; Hilal, Nidal.

In: Materials Research Bulletin, Vol. 39, No. 10, 03.08.2004, p. 1549-1556.

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Lester, Edward ; Kingman, Sam ; Wong, Kok Hoong ; Rudd, Chris ; Pickering, Stephen ; Hilal, Nidal. / Microwave heating as a means for carbon fibre recovery from polymer composites : A technical feasibility study. In: Materials Research Bulletin. 2004 ; Vol. 39, No. 10. pp. 1549-1556.
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