GFRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer) is the standard material suitable to construct large-scale boats, canoes and other means for navigation. Unlike what happens to other means of transportation like automobiles, when the ships are no longer used, they are dumped or abandoned on the coast or the beaches, and many of them end up sunk below the coast water.
According to UCINA5 (2013) there are 75.000 nautical units non-circulating, with an approximate weight of 53.460 tons of GFRP. This enormous valuable resource can be recuperated through chemical decomposition processes such as pyrolysis to recover energy or by grinding operations to obtain fillers.
The designer worked to understand the whole ETE process and derivative materials. The designer developed different molds to test the forming capabilities of the material to gain shape. The methods tested were Compression molding, Thermoforming, and Machining.
- Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer
- Expanded PS
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