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06-07-2018

Composite Materials Made from Recycled Carbon Fibers

EU Honors Cresim Project by Cannon Afros

The Cresim Project by Cannon Ergos S.p.A. and Afros S.p.A. was honored on 23 May 2018 in Brussels as one of the 2016 EU Life projects. The project, co-funded by EU Life, demonstrates the feasibility of producing CFRP composite materials from recycled carbon fibers with a novel pilot plant.

On behalf of the research and development team of Cannon Afros, who had invested more than three years of intensive work in the development of this technology, Maurizio Corti, Technical Director of Cannon Afros, and Massimiliano Pietrocola, Business Control Manager, accepted the award.

  • Maurizio Corti, Cannon Afros Technical Director, and Massimiliano Pietrocola, Cannon Afro's Business Control Manager, receive the award from Jean-Claude Merciol of the European Commission (© Cannon)

    Maurizio Corti, Cannon Afros Technical Director, and Massimiliano Pietrocola, Cannon Afro's Business Control Manager, receive the award from Jean-Claude Merciol of the European Commission (© Cannon)

  • On 23 May 2018, the awards for the Life projects in Brussels were awarded by the EU (© Cannon)

    On May 23rd 2018, the awards for the Life projects in Brussels were awarded by the EU (© Cannon)

  • Recycled carbon fibers become composite materials in the Cresim project (Carbon Fiber Recycling Through Special Impregnation) (© Cannon)

    Recycled carbon fibers become composite materials in the Cresim project (Carbon Fiber Recycling Through Special Impregnation) (© Cannon)

  • Epoxy resin formulations are placed over a sandwich of recycled and new carbon fibers to produce the structural part. The Cannon Process is Called Liquid-Lay-Down Method (© Cannon)

    Epoxy resin formulations are placed over a sandwich of recycled and new carbon fibers to produce the structural part. The Cannon process is called Liquid-Lay-Down method (© Cannon)

  • Partners for the use of this technology are manufacturers of carbon fibers, processors of carbon fiber composites and automotive, marine and aircraft manufacturers. They can use these composite materials in their production and recycle large plastic parts at end of life (© Cannon)

    Partners for the use of this technology are manufacturers of carbon fibers, processors of carbon fiber composites and automotive, marine and aircraft manufacturers. They can use these composite materials in their production and recycle large plastic parts at end of life (© Cannon)

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Life (L'Instrument Financier pour l'Environnement) is the only EU funding program that only supports environmental issues. The program has existed since 1992 and promotes biodiversity, environmental and climate action. The Life Program has allocated a total of € 3.46 billion to development and projects over the period 2014-2020

Recycled composites

The aim of the Cresim project (Carbon Fiber Recycling Through Special Impregnation) is the reuse of carbon fibers from production waste of fiber and parts manufacturers for the production of structural parts made of composite materials. The aim is to create a final product with competitive mechanical and structural properties that simultaneously reduces the energy consumption of the entire process.

The solution from Cannon Afros combines a number of technologies that have already been tested in a prototype facility. Cannon Afros produces equipment for the Cannon Group for reactive materials such as polyurethane, epoxy resins, silicones and phenolic resins. The project has enabled the company to develop a suitable process and equipment for low pressure impregnation and high pressure deformation of recycled carbon fiber composites. The composites are available as a kind of "fluff" or mats.

According to the company, these recycled fibers can be offered at around half the price of the virgin material on the market, with the resulting parts achieving up to 85% of the characteristics of comparable, virgin-made parts.

additional links

All details about this project can be found here

Company profile

Cannon Afros

Via G. Ferraris 65
IT 21042 CARONNO PERTUSELLA

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