EUCARBONProject reference: 284500
Funded under: FP7-SPACE
European Space Qualified Carbon Fibres and Pre-Impregnated Based Materials [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]
Total cost:EUR 3 197 683,88
EU contribution:EUR 1 997 446,98
Call for proposal:FP7-SPACE-2011-1
Funding scheme:CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project
"EUCARBON project aims to overcome the present recognised need of European made space qualified carbon fibre and pre-impregnated materials (prepregs). These materials are the building blocks for technological innovation in Space research. Presently aerospace qualified carbon fibre is either produced outside Europe or produced in Europe under foreign countries supervision. This issue weakens European competitiveness in Space. Therefore, the possibility for Europe to have free, unrestricted access to these materials requires their development in European facilities under European supervision.
The following developments will result from the project:
-High and ultrahigh modulus carbon fibres to be produced in Europe by a European manufacturer
-Space qualified pre-impregnated materials involving the developed carbon fibres and epoxy resins doped with carbon nanotubes. These novel materials will address one of the main issues linked to use of carbon fibres composites in space applications: their low thermal and electrical conductivity.
The above technologies will be demonstrated with the conception, production and testing of demonstrator parts for use as satellites and launchers components.
The space sector is a strategic asset contributing to the independence, security and prosperity of Europe and its role in the world. Europe needs non-dependent access to critical space technologies, which is a sine-qua-non condition for achieving Europe’s strategic objectives. Non-dependence refers to the possibility for Europe to have free, unrestricted access to any required space technology. EUCARBON project intends to give a contribution in the space qualified carbon fibres and novel pre-impregnated materials issue. Moreover, this development will provide raw-materials to other strategic sectors of industry in Europe like: aircraft, automotive, and others."
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