TFP says it has invested in developing the expertise and technology necessary to process carbon fiber recycled from various manufacturing processes and composite structures.This capability has been developed over a number of years through working alongside partners such as Boeing, Ford, Toho Tenax and the University of Nottingham as part of Technology Strategy Board funded projects, such as AFRECAR and HIRECAR, to develop routes for carbon fiber recycling and processing.
TFP is a leader in the dispersion and processing of single filament recycled carbon fiber for conversion into high quality wetlaid nonwovens. This capability enables it to both support the world's leading carbon fiber manufacturers in the utilization of their reclaimed fiber and to provide a means to close the loop on composite recycling and re-use. TFP recycled carbon nonwovens can be produced from fiber reclaimed from composites by pyrolysis and integrated into a composite structure as a surfacing or semi-structural layer, ultimately providing a viable route for the recycling of fibers previously considered as waste.
"The long term investment in this technology has enabled the development of a range of recycled carbon fiber veils and mats which offer comparable properties and quality to those manufactured with virgin fiber, with the added benefit of environmental sustainability," says Adam Black, business development director at TFP. "These new materials provide the industry with the means to demonstrate environmental responsibility without compromising on performance, and have already been used by some customers to manufacture components with excellent results."