Fraunhofer Research Institution: Chemical Recycling of Cabin Lining Elements:
The use of (difficult to recycle) thermoset based composites as lightweight materials for cabin and cargo linings has increased in recent times. Different thermal, mechanical and chemical recycling approaches for composites are available. However, most of these are either costly, energy intensive or lead to poor quality recovered goods. The Fraunhofer Research Institution’s chemical recycling process recovers honeycombs and long fibres with excellent mechanical properties, while decomposed matrix resin can also be reused in new polymers.