Bardet, R.R., Shenoi, R.A. and Boyd, S.W.
The use of life cycle tools towards sustainable thermoplastic composites in ship building.
2008 SAMPE Europe International Conference and Forum, Paris, France,
31 Mar - 02 Apr 2008.
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The marine industry has benefited from composites usage through reduced maintenance, weight and process cost. The majority of small boats are built in Thermoset composites which resins are toxic and generally not recycled at their life end. However thermoplastic matrix composites (TMC) have a safe dry raw material configuration and are recyclable. A LCA based on energy analysis was carried out in order to assess the environmental benefits of TMC using an embodied energy approach.
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