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Towards fully recyclable composite craft

Lookup NU author(s): Mariano Otheguy Torres, Professor Geoff Gibson


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This paper discusses the recycling of thermoplastic composite materials in the context of boatbuilding. Work was carried out on the recycling of an experimental thermoplastic composite rigid inflatable boat, originally built by BVT Surface Fleet and tested in service by the RNLI. It was found that a range of useful injection moulding materials could be prepared from the hull material of the craft, demonstrating that structural thermoplastic composites are recyclable in practice as well as in principle, and confirming that they are a sustainable alternative to thermosets.

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Author(s): Otheguy ME, Gibson AG, Findon E, Cripps RM, Ochoa Mendoza A, Aguinaco Castro MT

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Surv 7 - Surveillance of Search & Rescue Craft

Year of Conference: 2009

Publisher: RINA