Novel thermoplastic composites strengthened with carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy composite waste rods: development and characterization Articles uri icon

publication date

  • October 2022

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 19


  • 19, 3951


  • 14

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2073-4360


  • The increasing use of carbon fiber and epoxy resin composite materials yields an increase in the amount of waste. Therefore, we present a solution consisting of composites manufactured by hot pressing, employing polyamides (either PA11 or PA12) and a mechanically recycled carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) as reinforcement. The main objectives are to study the manufacturing of those composites, to evaluate the fiber distribution, and to perform a mechanical, dynamical, and thermomechanical characterizations. The X-ray micro-computed tomography (μCT) shows that the fibers are well-distributed, maintaining a homogeneous fiber volume fraction across the material. The variability in the results is typical of discontinuous fiber composites in which the fibers, although oriented, are not as homogeneously distributed as in a continuous fiber composite. The mechanical and dynamic properties barely differ between the two sets of composites. A dynamic-mechanical analysis revealed that the glass transition temperature (Tg) increases slightly for both composites, compared to the polymers. These results illustrate the viability of the recycling and reuse route for preventing the deterioration of carbon fibers and promoting the subsequent reduction in the environmental impact by employing a thermoplastic matrix.


  • Chemistry
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials science and engineering


  • polymer composites; carbon fiber-reinforced polymers; thermoplastic polymers; recycling; properties