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Metal inserts and hazardous content in light weight composite structures in the context of recycling
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Machine Elements.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6633-8168
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Machine Elements. (EcoDesign)
2006 (English)In: 13th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering / [ed] Deflou, J. et al., 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Polymer composite materials present many favourable properties. The low density results in high specific strength and stiffness, which makes these materials very interesting for applications within the transport field, including vehicles on land, at see and in air. Recently introduced legislation regarding waste treatment has put large demands on composite material producers and users. Although several methods exist they are not yet commercially available since composites is a rather new type of material. The waste treatment is complicated since composite materials consist of several materials, fibre, polymer matrix and additives. A model has therefore been proposed for assessing the different waste disposal techniques. The model focuses on the internal factors, which are defined as factors related directly to the waste and the processes of treatment in form of waste and process properties. In this paper two of these waste properties are identified as strategic for disposal of composite materials. These are the waste properties describing metal and hazardous content, MET and HAZ. To facilitate for future disposal two types of labels are suggested for these waste properties. The issue then is to decide the coordinates for how much information is needed and for whom. What, where and how?

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Keyword [en]
Fibre composite, Disposal, Metal insert, Hazardous content, Label
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Environmental Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-71796OAI: diva2:487017
QC 20120202Available from: 2012-01-31 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2012-02-02Bibliographically approved

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