While composite materials, especially carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP), have proven their worth for the construction of lighter aircraft, their life-cycle impact is questionable. At the end of their lives, they are recycled into a low-value product at best; in the worst case, their destination will be a landfill site. The industry’s numerous research and development (R&D) efforts of the past decade to reuse the fiber—the most valuable component in the material—in ...

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