Quid magis est saxo durum, quid mollius unda? Dura tamen molli saxa cavantur aqua.

Publio Ovidio Nasone (43 a.C. - 18 d.C.) - Ars Amatoria, Liber I

Recycling of worn-out fitted carpets

This research, carried out by AQUAVIS in 2013, allowed to confirm the suitability of waterjet technology for the selective separation of the different layers of such a composite matter. From the commercial point-of view, particularly interesting is the recovery of the polyamide fibers (PA6) -top layer- and of the bituminous matter forming the backing layer of the carpet. The results so far obtained concerning the quality of the recovered terry fabrics have been considered fully acceptable by one of the chief producers of “moquette” in the world. Starting from this outcome the concept of a prototype for the recycling of EOL fitted carpets has been developed by the AQUAVIS engineers.

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