Reclaiming in-process composite waste for use in energy absorbing sandwich structures

Jamie W Hartley, Philip Bogucki, Jamie P Snudden, Emily M Withers, Carwyn Ward, James Kratz

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The growing demand for carbon fibre reinforced polymers (CFRP) has led to a significant increase in the amount of carbon fibre waste generated. This paper investigates the reuse of in-process waste as a non-woven complex for use in energy absorbing applications. Composite sandwich coupons were manufactured and tested in quasi-static edgewise compression. Three laminate configurations were used, a continuous fibre unidirectional layup, a fully reclaimed layup and a hybrid of the two. The unidirectional material showed the most efficient energy
absorbing performance, with the fully reclaimed showing the lowest. The hybrid laminate displayed traits of both the material types, whilst also showing a more consistent performance across each of the coupons tested.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2016
EventSAMPE Long Beach 2016 - Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: 23 May 201623 May 2016


ConferenceSAMPE Long Beach 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach, CA


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