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Author(s): Maria Cristina S. Ribeiro
Maria de Lurdes Dinis
Ana C. M. Castro
António Fiúza
J. P. Meixedo
M. R. Alvim
A. J. M Ferreira
Title: On the recyclability of glass fiber reinforced thermoset polymeric composites towards the sustainability of polymers' industry
Issue Date: 2016-09-12
Abstract: Considering the added value of recycling solution assessed by an evaluation of flexural and compressive loadingcapacity of PC specimens modified with mechanically recycled GFRP wastes, as well as the inherent environmentaland economic benefits, the incorporation of GFRP recyclates into PC materials has been revealed as a viabletechnological option for the sustainability of the GFRP polymers' industry. Nevertheless, the recyclability of compositematerials is complex and is sometimes seen as a key barrier to the adoption of these materials in some markets.One of the few successful applications, was developed by Reprocover, in Belgium, and it has been commercializedsince 2011. In addition, the recently investigation line that was started and concerning the GFRP recyclates into PCmaterials also called the attention of Global Fiberglass SolutionsTM group. Even so, and although all the efforts thathad been done on developing cost-effective recycling routes, GFRP wastes still remain mired by the scarcenessof reliable outlet markets for the recyclates and clearly developed recycling paths between waste producers andpotential consumers for the recyclates. However, it is foreseen that this scenario will change in the next few yearsas strong investments are being made in this field. The innovation in this field has just started, providing as this waya source of new opportunities.
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: openAccess
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