EXHUME team creating kayak from recycled carbon fibre for International Canoe Race

16 Mar 2016

A team of scientists and engineers are creating and racing a high performance kayak out of recycled carbon fibre to draw attention to the difficulties inherent in making composites recyclable.

Dr Gary Leeke, who is based at the department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, will be racing the kayak himself 125 miles non-stop in the International Canoe Race over Easter with his teammate Professor Liam Grover.

On 26 March they will paddle from Devizes in Wiltshire to London, continue through the night and all being well will arrive in London in the early morning of Easter Sunday, 27 March.

The team from the EXHUME project has developed new techniques to recycle composite materials to make high performance goods. They are in the process of making the kayak to a high specification, which will be manufactured in Devon. The making of the kayak from reinforced composite materials is believed to be a world first.

The project is designed to demonstrate that goods with a high specification can be manufactured from recycled composites, as composites are generally very difficult to recycle.

EXHUME is a partnership between the Universities of Birmingham, Cranfield, Exeter and Manchester, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), aiming to develop new and resource efficient, composite recycling and re-manufacturing processes in collaboration with industry.

Further information 

Video interview with Dr Gary Leeke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRPAGWjgA5Q&feature=youtu.be

Download the PDF below for full details including how the material for the kayak was manufactured.

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