NetComposites Announce Programme for 'Design for the End of Life of Fibre Reinforced Composite Materials' Event

13 August 2013

NetComposites has announced the final programme for its latest workshop, which will look at the ways manufacturers are designing materials for easier deconstruction and recycling.

The event will take place on 25th September at Chesterfield’s Dunston Innovation Centre.

Fibre-reinforced-polymers (FRPs) are increasingly being used across many sectors due to their lightweight, ease of installation, low maintenance and tailor made properties. Whilst at present the most common method of disposing UK FRP is landfill, changes in waste management legislation promise to push the industry to address other options to deal with FRP waste. This new legislation focuses on dealing with waste through the waste hierarchy, which will put pressure on solving FRP waste management through recycling and reuse.

This workshop will investigate the ways in which manufacturers are designing materials and components for easier deconstruction, reuse and recycling at the end of the product life.

Claire Whysall, Event and Network Manager at NetComposites said, “It’s important that we look at this area now before new legislation takes hold. There is a lot of research taking place and it’s important that we disseminate this industry-wide so that this knowledge can be implemented and evolve businesses.”

The speakers and their topics are as follows.

  • Current situation for GFRP recycling in the UK -  Stella Job, Materials KTN;
  • Regeneration of the performance of glass fibre recycled from end of-life composites or glass fibre waste - James Thomason, University of Strathclyde;
  • The efficient x-sector use of heterogeneous materials in manufacturing – the EXHUME project - Justyna Rybicka, Cranfield University;
  • Environmental analysis of composite usage and resource efficiency challenges for end-of-life processing - Jack Howarth, University of Sheffield;
  • Revolutionary Recyclable Epoxies for the manufacture of next generation sustainable fibre reinforced polymer composites -  Xin Li, Adesso Advanced Materials UK;
  • Proposed investments in the enterprise for recycling glass reinforced polyester waste in Poland, - Mariola Jastrzebska, Gdynia Maritime University; and
  • An update on the activities in Bristol regarding design for recycling and reuse/recycling -Carwyn Ward, University of Bristol.

Registration for this event is now open with full details available on the NetComposites website. Discounted rates are available for Network Group for Composites in Construction and Materials KTN members. 

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