Long Fiber Thermoplastic Composites from Recycled Carbon Fiber

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$182,033.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0944498
Award Id:
98776
Agency Tracking Number:
0944498
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
AM4
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
320 Rutledge Road, Fletcher, NC, 28732
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
MarkJanney
MS
(828) 651-9646
mjanney@emergingmit.com
Business Contact:
MarkJanney
MS
(828) 651-9646
mjanney@emergingmit.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project aims to develop long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) based on recycled carbon fiber. The approach is to produce LFTs using recycled chopped carbon fibers with two different polymer matrixes. One is with nylon for the cost-effective automotive industry. The other is with polyphenylene sulfide for high-performance aerospace applications. The broader/commercial impact of this project will be the potential to achieve considerable reductions of waste fiber that is sent to landfill. Conservatively, about 20% of carbon fiber produced will end up as waste during composite manufacturing and become landfill, which is a serious environmental concern. While recycling waste carbon fiber is highly desirable, few composite manufacturing processes are designed to work with chopped fibers, which is the primary form of the recycled carbon fibers. This technology will provide a manufacturing process to produce LFT composites using chopped carbon fibers. It is anticipated to achieve LFT properties comparable with commercial products made by virgin fibers.

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