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Does Fairmat pay for this waste?

No. 95% of carbon fiber composites are now landfilled or incinerated. Fairmat offers a virtuous alternative to these services provided by large waste recovery companies. Like them, we provide a commercial solution adapted to the needs of our customers while guaranteeing a real ecological advantage.

Where do the wastes come from?

The waste comes from different industries, mainly using carbon fiber composites, such as aeronautics or wind power. Composites can be recovered at various stages of their life (scraps, end-of-life products).

What types of wastes does Fairmat recycle?

Fairmat is developing a recycling solution for carbon fiber and polymer matrix composites. We accept CFRP, in the form of prepreg, pultruded, woven whether they are expired, at the end of their life, or simply in the form of production scraps. We are currently exploring new sources of waste coming from the dismantling of aircraft parts.

Is the Fairmat material recyclable?

Yes, the material is recyclable.

Can the Fairmat material be used outdoors?

Yes, thanks to the adapted resin. Fairmat materials are very durable.

What are its performances? Are they identical to a new carbon composite?

The Fairmat process can obtain different performance ranges depending on the reinforcements’ orientation and arrangement. Typically, for exposure in a single direction of space, the material exhibits a flexural modulus of 77 GPa, higher than aluminum. At this stage of development, Fairmat’s technology makes it possible to retain at least 55% of the performance of a new carbon composite. We are currently working to achieve a value of 75%. For more information, refer to the product datasheet.

What is EC 1907/2006?

It is the European Union Regulation (EC) governing the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) that Fairmat products comply with. Our material contains no more than 0.1% by mass of substances of very high concern (SVHC) listed in Annex XIV.

What is the weight of the material?

The weight of the material will depend on its thickness. However, its low density (1.38) makes it lighter than other materials, such as aluminum, at equivalent thickness. For more information, refer to the material datasheet.

How thick is the Fairmat material?

The Fairmat material can have several thicknesses. The smallest thickness available is 1 mm, and the maximum thickness is 20 mm. It is possible to supply thicker parts on small parts.

What is the shape of Fairmat recycled material?

It mainly has the form of rectangular plates (laminated). And it can also take the form of a complex shape through a molding process.

Does it need to be heated to form a laminate?

Molding parameters will depend on the resin used. We favor resins that can be molded cold, but some resins or properties are obtained by increasing the temperature. In the classic Fairmat process, we use no more than 9kg of CO2e per kg recycled for our entire process.

What type of resin do you use?

Depending on the application and the expected properties/characteristics, it is possible to use different matrices, thermoset or thermoplastic. For example, an epoxy resin will provide good mechanical properties and good resistance to moisture and chemicals.

What is your mixture (coating)?

We offer a recycled composite material, and this implies several things:

  • We need to add a small amount of a new resin to fit our new composite for a particular industry.
  • We need to guarantee a high performance of our material according to various properties (strength, bending, lightness, etc.).

Therefore, we can obtain such characteristics through the programs supported by artificial intelligence and machine science that will give an output without variation and with superior results. Due to confidentiality, we will not go into details here.

What is your cutting technic for the fiber carbon composite?

Our automated cutting process allows standardizing our compounds. We do not shred. We use a smart and low-energy process that helps maintain the integrity and the effectiveness of the fiber length. We keep the original resin and carbon fiber together in these compounds.

What is your technical recycling process?

The Fairmat process has four main steps, each of which involves robotization tools and machine learning programs allowing an automated and intelligent work, therefore making the technological solution more efficient and, above all, guaranteeing the exact same result expected as an output:

  • Creation of compounds from composite waste.
  • Coating with a small portion of resin that will form the new matrix.
  • Molding according to the format selected
  • Hardening.