K 2013: CreaSolve process finally makes effective recycling of metal-plastic composites feasible

Although cherished for such properties as strength, durability, low weight and low maintenance, composites are notoriously difficult to recycle. At K 2013, the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV (Hall 07 / B05) will present a new variant of its solvent-based CreaSolv process that allows metal-plastic composites to be safely and efficiently separated and recycled, extracting maximum value from end-of-life components. Fraunhofer IVV is also presenting two other variants of the process that target expanded polystyrene (EPS), and polylactide (PLA).

CreaSolv is a patented, trademarked solvent-based process in which a target polymer is dissolved out of the waste mixture using a selective solvent formulation, after which the resulting polymer solution is cleaned - mechanically and by chemical extraction - and dried. The solvents are then returned to the cycle for reuse....

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