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Resource-Efficient Self-Reinforced Plastic Materials and Processing

Objective

The aims of the Esprit project are to reduce the amount of plastic used to make a component by 30% and reduce component weight by 30%, by developing the next generation of lightweight, self-reinforced plastics and the energy-efficient manufacturing processes needed to produce components from this family of materials. Current forms of self-reinforced plastics typically offer typically 3-5 times the strength and stiffness of unreinforced plastics, but they are only available in sheet or fabric form. This severely limits the range and types of components that can be manufactured and limits the commercial uptake of these important materials. The overall goal of this project is to develop materials and processes to allow flow moulding (injection moulding and compression moulding) of self-reinforced commodity polymers (polypropylene (PP), polyamide (PA) and PET). Key to this is the development of techniques that will allow the selective melting of the polymer matrix without causing adverse effects on the polymer fibre. This will therefore necessitate the development of energy-efficient microwave and induction-heating techniques to allow selective melting of the matrix polymer. High performance, commodity polymers will be used to develop self-reinforced plastics with significantly enhanced properties over existing plastic and, for the first time, the ability to be compression and injection moulded. This topic is particularly relevant to the work programme, which calls for new processing methods for speciality polymers that are more resource-efficient. Self-reinforced plastics are more resource efficient because they are 3-5 times stronger and stiffer than conventional polymers, so less material is needed to manufacture components to reach a particular specification, but they require innovative new heating processes to form them into components, which include alternative energy sources.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2007-SME-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED
Address
Bridge Way 4A Broom Business Park
S41 9QG Chesterfield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 662 912
Administrative Contact
Gordon Bishop (Mr.)

Participants (13)

COMFIL APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 339 336
Address
Karolinelundsvej 2
8883 Gjern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henning Kjaer Bak (Mr.)
FIBROLINE FRANCE SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 419 325
Address
Rue Auguste Tramier 20
69130 Ecully
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurence Caramaro (Dr.)
INSTITUT FUER VERBUNDWERKSTOFFE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 319 600
Address
Erwin Schrodinger Strasse Geb 58
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Mitschang (Prof.)
REGLOPLAS AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 253 579
Address
Flurhofstrasse 158C
9006 St Gallen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Lowe (Mr.)
FRICKE UND MALLAH MICROWAVE TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 309 850
Address
Werner Nordmeyer Str 25
31226 Peine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcel Mallah (Mr.)
AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 346 032
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Valentín Polo Ramírez (Mr.)
STRUCTOFORM SPRITZGIESSEN ANISOTROPER STRUKTURKOMPONENTEN GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 245 496
Address
Julicher Strasse 336
52070 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heiner Becker (Mr.)
PROMOLDING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 547 004
Address
Laan Van Ypenburg 108
2497 GC Den Haag
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Vlasveld (Dr.)
FACT FUTURE ADVANCED COMPOSITES & TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
Address
Marie Curie Strasse 10
67661 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tapio Harmia (Dr.)
AVK-INDUSTRIEVEREINIGUNG VERSTARKTEKUNSTSTOFFE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 62 841
Address
Am Hauptbahnhof 10
60329 Frankfurt
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Ursula Zarbock (Mrs.)
POLISILK SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 233 920
Address
Ctra De Manresa A Igualada
08240 Guardiola
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Ponsa (Mr.)
PEMU MUANYAGIPARI ZARTKORUEN MUKODORESZVENYTARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 156 700
Address
Terstyanszky Utca 89
2083 Solymar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sándor Garas (Mr.)
Celstran GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 94 988
Address
Marie Curie 10
67661 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thorsten Neidhofer (Mr.)