Environmental performance of self-reinforced composites in automotive applications - Case study on a heavy truck component
2016 (English)In: Materials & design, ISSN 0264-1275, E-ISSN 1873-4197, Vol. 103, 321-329 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
A screening environmental life cycle analysis (LCA) of the novel self-reinforced poly(ethylene therephthalate) (SrPET) is presented in this paper. A truck exterior panel is used as case study where a concept design made by SrPET is assessed and compared to a glass fibre reinforced composite and a thermoplastic blend that are currently used for the selected component. The results showed that the SrPET panel has 25% lower environmental impact compared to the current design, with no significant life cycle trade-offs. SrPET offers possibilities for weight reduction while maintaining good mechanical properties. As the impact during use phase is expected to decrease in the future the relative importance of manufacturing and end-of-life (EOL) will increase. Thus SrPET can be considered a competitive material for replacing existing energy intense non-recyclable composites.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 103, 321-329 p.
Self-reinforced composites, Environmental impact, Automotive component, Life cycle assessment
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-189067DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2016.04.090ISI: 000376892300037ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84966335400OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-189067DiVA: diva2:943781
QC 201606282016-06-282016-06-272016-09-14Bibliographically approved