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Recycling of Carbon Fiber Composites

  1. Elena Pisanova

Published Online: 20 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118097298.weoc213

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

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Pisanova, E. 2012. Recycling of Carbon Fiber Composites. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–6.

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  1. FMC Corporation, Tonawanda, NY

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  1. Published Online: 20 JUL 2012


The recycling of carbon fiber composites involves significant technical and economic challenges. Current work is focused on the development of efficient and cost-effective methods to break down the matrix and extract the fibers without damaging the fibers or degrading their mechanical properties. There are several drivers for this effort, including the desire for environmentally friendly waste recycling, governmental regulations, and economic advantages for post consumer applications in automotive and other industries.


  • carbon fiber;
  • fiber recycling;
  • green technology;
  • pyrolysis;
  • fluidized bed;
  • post consumer fiber;
  • catalytic conversion;
  • fiber properties