Closed Loop Composite Recycling Process

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-06-M-5016
Agency Tracking Number: F061-081-3024
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-081
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
ADHERENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
9621 Camino del Sol NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87111
DUNS: 859106296
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jan-Michael Gosau
 Environmental Projects Manager
 (505) 346-1685
 adherenttech@earthlink.net
Business Contact
 Ronald Allred
Title: President
Phone: (505) 346-1685
Email: adherenttech@comcast.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The recycling of composites on a large scale is an unsolved problem. Currently, the material is either ground up into near-worthless fillers, incinerated, or digested using environmentally questionable technology. Adherent Technologies, Inc. has developed a number of technologies to reclaim valuable carbon fiber and other raw materials from these composites in a potentially economically feasible manner. Since unsorted composite waste contains thermoplastic and thermoset polymer matrices, as well as contaminants like metals, paints and sealants, it is necessary to develop a unified approach that can treat all the materials at once without the need for extensive, and expensive, presorting. To achieve this, the composite waste will be treated in a three-step process, including a thermal pretreatment and two wet chemical processes. The Phase I program includes an investigation of all three processes on a laboratory scale as well as a final demonstration on pilot-scale equipment.

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