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Sustainable Composites


The Achilles heel of composites is their recyclability. Tonnes of waste from wind blades, aircraft parts, etc. are accumulated at the end of their life cycle. At GAIKER, we research the recovery of such carbon and glass fibre waste in new formulations and applications. We are also working on incorporating more sustainable resins and fibres into composite manufacturing processes.

  • We develop composites based on acrylic thermoplastic liquid resins and fibres to obtain:
    • Thermoplastic prepregs and SMCs
    • Parts made by RTM infusion with recyclable resins
    • Tapes and organosheets
  • Composites with natural and renewable thermosetting resins
  • Composites with recyclable thermosetting resins
  • Composites with UV Cured resins
  • Thermoplastic Composites
  • Recycling and Circular Economy of Composites to obtain intermediate products from recycled fibres:
    • Mats/felts
    • Pellets
    • Tapes
    • SMC

Major Projects

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The main aim of this Network of Excellence is to be a national and international benchmark in terms of developing recycling technologies for composite materials and complex plastic mixtures, and reformulating products with high added value from recycled composite materials, acting as a driving force for the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System as a whole.

   This project is funded by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI by its Spanish acronym), through the Ministry of Science and Innovation, within the framework of aid for the “Cervera” Technology Centres of Excellence. CER-20211009
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The C2CC project is carrying out research into cleavable composite materials based on new basalt-derived mineral fibres associated with innovative biomass-derived thermosetting resins. These composite materials were chemically ‘decomposed’ to recover thermoplastic resins and fibres. The C2CC project demonstrates the technical viability of this concept on real automotive components and the fulfilment of the expectations of the automotive industry and production facilities.

  This project received funding from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, as part of the European Commission's Horizon 2020 research and development programme under contract number 1805.
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The aim of the project is to develop structural panels for applications in road transport vehicles and in formwork panels, which incorporate agglomerates made from recycled material from industrial composite waste in their core, thereby reducing composite waste and improving their environmental impact. GAIKER's lines of research are geared towards developing and characterising structural panels.

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