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Recycling of end-of-life thermoplastic composite boats

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 Royal National Lifeboat Institution. 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, Mendoza AO, Castro MTA

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Plastics, Rubber and Composites: 20th the Annual SICOMP Conference on Manufacturing and Design of Composites

Year of Conference: 2009

Pages: 406-411

ISSN: 1465-8011

Publisher: Maney Publishing


DOI: 10.1179/146580109X12540995045642

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ISBN: 17432898