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.
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
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.
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