Toho Tenax Europe GmbH (TTE) has developed a new compound based on recycled thermoplastic carbon fiber material and PEEK (polyetheretherketone) thermoplastic.

Tenax-E COMPOUND rPEEK CF30 is a reinforced material combination of waste materials generated during processing of Tenax ThermoPlastics, and recycled semi crystalline PEEK polymer, which contains 30% of carbon fiber by weight and offers a high performance in strength and stiffness for injection molding applications, the company says.

This compound has an almost identical performance to un-recycled standard material in terms of tensile modulus and strength, which also includes elongation, viscosity, chemical resistance, abrasion and a low moisture to absorption ratio. The price is reportedly 40-60 % compared to virgin carbon fiber reinforced PEEK compounds.

Toho Tenax says that it has successfully manufactured an aircraft wing access panel using the recycled granules. 

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