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Industry : Green Packaging

New methods to recycle paper into fiber reinforced plastic composites

University: University of Iowa

Objective of study: To enhance the process of turning wastepaper into high-value fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) composites.

Process and applications:

  • The team will use additive manufacturing (AM) and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the process of remanufacturing recycled materials into FRP composites
  • A successful AM process would self-adjust in real time to accommodate the differing quality of recycled paper
  • It can adapt to the material differences of the recycled paper via real-time sensing and data-calibrated physical modeling


  • The team hopes that the outcome of their research will lead to more widespread adoption of turning wastepaper into high-value fiber reinforced plastic

University Details

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is a public research university in Iowa City, Iowa. Founded in 1847, it is the oldest and the second-largest university in the state Know more

Professor H.S. Udaykumar - LinkedIn

Assistant Professor Chao Wang - LinkedIn


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