Recover: regenerating the strength and value of thermally recycled glass fibres

James L. Thomason, Liu Yang, Eduardo L. Saez, Ulf Nagel

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review

66 Downloads (Pure)


Results are presented from the ReCoVeR project on the regeneration of the strength of thermally conditioned glass fibres. Thermal recycling of end-of-life glass fibre reinforced composites or composite manufacturing waste delivers fibres with virtually no residual strength or value. Composites produced from such fibres also have extremely poor mechanical performance. Data is presented showing that a short hot sodium hydroxide solution treatment of such recycled fibres can more than triple their strength and restore their ability to act as an effective reinforcement in second life composite materials. The implications of these results for real materials reuse of recycled glass fibres as replacement for pristine reinforcement fibres are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Mar 2016
EventEuropean Conference on Composite Materials - ECCM 17 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 26 Jun 201630 Jun 2016


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Composite Materials - ECCM 17


  • recycling
  • glass fibres
  • mechanical properties
  • composites
  • surface treatments

Cite this