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Recycling, Volume 4, Issue 2 (June 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Recycling of fiber reinforced polymer composites is essential for handling their growing mass use [...] Read more. Recycling of fiber reinforced polymer composites is essential for handling their growing mass use in aircraft, vehicles, and other energy-related applications. Pyrolysis provides one pathway for recycling by removing the polymer matrix so that the fiber reinforcement can be recovered for reuse. In this study, E-glass fibers were recovered from example automotive sheet molding compound (SMC) and end of life wind turbine blade specimens. Optimization of pyrolysis processing conditions was shown to improve recoverable fiber mechanical properties by limiting tensile strength degradation. However, pre-existing damage from 1st lifecycle production and use appeared to still limit recoverable fiber quality. View this paper