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Recycling 2018, 3(4), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling3040052

Reclaimed Carbon and Flax Fibre Composites: Manufacturing and Mechanical Properties

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Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS), Department of Aerospace Engineering, School of Civil, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering, Queen’s Building, University of Bristol, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TR, UK
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Department of Mechanical Engineering Materials and Structures Centre, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK
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Received: 10 October 2018 / Revised: 12 November 2018 / Accepted: 15 November 2018 / Published: 22 November 2018
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Abstract

The feasibility of using the HiPerDiF (high performance discontinuous fibre) method to manufacture highly aligned discontinuous fibres intermingled hybrid composites with flax and reclaimed carbon fibres (rCF), and the potential benefits of so doing, are investigated in this paper. It is demonstrated that, despite their hydrophilic nature, flax fibres are not affected by this water-based process. Intermingled flax/rCF hybrid composites are characterised in terms of their tensile and vibrational response. It is concluded that natural/rCF fibre hybrid composites can be a viable solution for those applications where a reduction in primary mechanical properties, e.g., stiffness and strength, is an acceptable trade-off for the enhancement of secondary properties, e.g., noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) mitigation, and the reduction of monetary costs. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable composites; reclaimed carbon fibres; flax fibres; hybrid composites; aligned discontinuous fibre composites; vibration damping sustainable composites; reclaimed carbon fibres; flax fibres; hybrid composites; aligned discontinuous fibre composites; vibration damping
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Longana, M.L.; Ondra, V.; Yu, H.; Potter, K.D.; Hamerton, I. Reclaimed Carbon and Flax Fibre Composites: Manufacturing and Mechanical Properties. Recycling 2018, 3, 52.

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