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PhD in Reuse and Recycling of Thermoplastic Composite Waste

PhD in Reuse and Recycling of Thermoplastic Composite Waste

Project Overview

The introduction of a Circular Economy has become increasingly important over recent years, driven by growing recognition of the need to tackle rising resource consumption and waste production. The drive towards zero-waste particularly affects the future of the Composites Industry as until now most manufacturing waste or final composite parts end up at landfill at the end of their life-time.

This project will address the reuse of manufacturing waste of thermoplastic composites in order to increase resource efficiency and avoid landfill. The project will develop viable process routes to reuse manufacturing waste streams from so-called organosheets or unidirectional thermoplastic tape into applications like automotive components. The project will investigate the influence of different recycling option on the processability and properties of such reused/recycled thermoplastics composites.

The research student will carry out the project in the Materials Engineering Centre (MEC) at WMG, and will have opportunities to disseminate the outcomes of this exciting project at international conferences. The student will also collaborate closely with industrial partner Van Wees - UD and Crossply Technology B.V. in the Netherlands, an important manufacturer of UD thermoplastic composite prepregs and the machinery for the manufacturing of such.

Essential and desirable criteria

Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above in Engineering or equivalent, and demonstrable knowledge and interest in composite materials and manufacturing

Funding and Eligibility

PhD Maintenance £15,609 for 3.5 Years

Funding is available to eligible Home fee statusLink opens in a new window and UK domicile EU students.

To apply

To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

Please ensure you meet the minimum requirements before filling in the online form.

Key Information:

Funding Source: WIF

Stipend: PhD Maintenance £15,609 for 3.5 Years

Supporting company: Van Wees - UD and Crossply Technology B.V. (Netherlands)

Supervisor: Prof Ton Peijs and Dr Connie Qian

Available to UK nationals and Home fees students

Start date: June 2022