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BMW, Boeing Join Forces In Carbon Fiber Recycling Research

Translogic -- For manufacturers looking to shave weight from a product, carbon fiber has become the material du jour. Carbon fiber's high strength-to-weight ratio is a property that everyone from Boeing to BMW finds appealing. But these benefits come at a cost, both financially and environmentally.
Carbon fiber tops the list of alternatives to high-strength steel and aluminum, but unlike alloys, waste from the carbon fiber manufacturing process can't be melted down and used again. For now, it seems there's no cost effective way to recycle the material.

BMW and Boeing are hoping to change that. The automaker and aerospace company look to join forces to find a more sustainable life cycle for carbon fiber manufacturing.


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Submitted Dec 13, 2012 By: BennoBlue
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 7:52:27 AM

good. Hope it leads to good success.
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Good.
virostek
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 7:26:47 AM

Good.
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 12:16:38 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:19:53 PM

There has got to be a use for carbon fiber byproducts!
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 11:23:53 AM

A small car, made with carbon fiber, run by a hybrid engine = awesome mileage!
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 10:56:13 AM

interesting
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 10:19:27 AM

Good
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 10:02:25 AM

lets hope they can lower the price of CF
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:46:09 AM

neeto jet eh ?
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:38:34 AM

Allrighty Then!!
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:33:10 AM

I do not understand the chemistry of carbon fiber, but just based upon the name "carbon fiber" it would seem that chemically breaking the fiber down into carbon and the other components wouldn't be that difficult - then again, diamonds are carbon, and not easy to break down. Good luck BMW and Boeing.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:32:38 AM

Cool!
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:20:49 AM

How does this affect the price at the pump?
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:11:10 AM

first, does this affect gas prices?

they aren't recycling the materials they produce, but the waste from the production. examply: leftover chicken parts go into hot dogs, but where can these byproducts go for good use?
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:09:38 AM

Recyclability of any raw material is an important issue to consider. You can't keep burying "stuff" in a land fill.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:06:07 AM

All forces working together
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:05:27 AM

Carbon fiber car parts have proven greatly improved safety in race cars.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:04:32 AM

carbon fiber GOO.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:01:14 AM

Sounds Like A Bad Idea!
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:57:54 AM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:57:37 AM

The stuff is basically glue and fiber, so it is not easy to take apart!
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:57:24 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:55:42 AM

This is a dilemma for many new highly engineered materials.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:54:27 AM

Alright, I believe we need more research!
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:54:18 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:51:09 AM

Good for Beemer!
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:50:38 AM

Use the waste to pave our roads.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:50:18 AM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:49:55 AM

We will find an effective way to recycle! Also will cost much less in future freight costs.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:49:38 AM

Nice to know.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:49:23 AM

cool
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:49:03 AM

Good for them.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:48:57 AM

yep, we'll be able to carry our cars to park them on their sides in the garage.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:48:52 AM

finally some major compamies are being eco friendly
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:48:22 AM

Not aware of the waste from carbon fiber manufacturing, hope they find a method of salvage and recycling.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:48:17 AM

I never realized carbon fiber wasn't recycleable
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:46:38 AM

Soon our car will be lighter than some people. yippie kiyaye....
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:46:34 AM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:46:19 AM

Okay???
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:46:10 AM

They will find a way of recycling
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:45:59 AM

About time.........................
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:42:59 AM

Poor article. Why can't it be recycled?
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:40:51 AM

As usual, cost v. savings, recylcing.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:40:48 AM

I think Congress should provide millions of dollars to Boing so they could do an extensive study in order to find inconclusive results.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:39:30 AM

Good.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:39:11 AM

Whatever...
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:38:02 AM

Carbon sequestering is another advantage of carbon fiber use.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:37:06 AM

I am sure they can come up with a way to do this. Just need to get the Chemists involved.
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:37:01 AM

Keep doing the research. We need to recycle more. I can see the day in the future when we start mining our garbage dumps for recycleables.
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Necessity is the mother of invention.
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