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Periodic Report - NATEX (Aligned natural fibres and textiles for use in structural composite applications)

Project ID: 214467
Funded under: FP7-NMP


The NATEX project aims towards the development of aligned textiles from natural fibres that are suitable for use as high-strength reinforcing fabrics to produce structural composite parts using bio- and oil-based thermoplastic and thermoset resins. Oriented woven natural fibres in bio-derived thermoplastics and thermosets will be used to produce high-tech products with high added value from entirely renewable resources.

The main innovations introduced are:
- modification of the fibre's surface to obtain the desired interface properties when combined with the polymer matrix;
- a new spinning process to reduce the yarn's twisting during the textile manufacturing process by increasing the fibre's volume fraction and the wetting of fibres;
- new weaving techniques to improve impregnation and obtain innovative three-dimensional textiles;
- new commingling process and film stacking for thermoplastic composites to improve the permeability of the composite and obtain well-mingled yarns.

A wide range of resin processing methods will be adapted to suit to the characteristics of modified fibres such as vacuum bagging, vacuum consolidation, compression moulding, continuous compression moulding, infusion as well as resin transfer moulding. Basic research on joining technologies such as hot welding on natural fibre composites will be performed.

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Record Number: 10645 / Last updated on: 2011-01-21
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