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Aligned Natural Fibres and Textiles for Use in Structural Composite Applications

Objective

Biocomposites manufactured from natural materials such as fibres and bioderived polymers offer a sustainable alternative to traditional ones, but at present they are not available for use in structural applications. NATEX will develop aligned textiles from natural fibres suitable for use as high strength reinforcing fabrics to produce structural composite parts using bio and oil based thermoplastic and thermoset resins. This will include the use of orientated woven natural fibres in bioderived thermoplastics and thermosets, to produce high-tech products with high added value from entirely renewable resources. The main innovations will be: • New chemical/enzymatic treatments to tailor the fibre surface chemistry and to modify its cell wall polymers, to obtain the desired interface properties when combined with the polymer matrix •New chemical/natural treatments for the yarn during the wrapping process, new method for low twist yarns production, film stacking and commingling development for natural fibres, to increase the mechanical properties of the yarns •Development of new weaving techniques to improve impregnation and to obtain innovative 3D textiles •Resin viscosity control using thermal conductive additives, increasing their compatibility with natural fibres by using coupling agents and surfactant additives Besides, a large range of resin processing methods will be adapted to suit them to the characteristics of the modified fibres: Vacuum Bagging, Vacuum Consolidation, Compression Moulding, Continuous Compression Moulding, Infusion and Resin Transfer Moulding. Basic research on joining technologies as hot welding over natural fibre composites will be also performed. As result, aligned natural fibres with improved properties will be combined with thermoplastics and thermosets, increasing the mechanical properties of biocomposites and introducing them in structural applications in different sectors: transport, energy, agricultural machinery and shipbuilding

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites/biocomposites
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles

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

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 525 301,50
Administrative Contact
Valentín Polo Ramírez (Mr.)

Participants (18)

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 280 778
Address
Bridge Way 4A Broom Business Park
S41 9QG Chesterfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gordon Bishop (Mr.)
EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 134 471,20
Address
Avenue De Cortenbergh 71
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hans Boon (Mr.)
AGCO SA
France
EU contribution
€ 69 555
Address
Avenue Blaise Pascal 41
60000 Beauvais
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlene Bossard (Ms.)
FORMAX (UK) LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 60 548
Address
Cutters Close Unit 3
LE19 2FZ Leicester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Trye (Mr.)
MAREK RADWANSKI EKOTEX
Poland
EU contribution
€ 148 736,40
Address
Kowalowice Ulica Parkowa 4
46 100 Namyslow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marek Radwanski (Mr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 352 253,75
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Neuhausen (Ms.)
CHEMOWERK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 94 325
Address
In De Backenlaendern 5
71384 Weinstadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Margarete Goedel (Ms.)
INSTITUT FUER VERBUNDWERKSTOFFE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 307 354
Address
Erwin Schrodinger Strasse Geb 58
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Birgit Bittmann (Dr.)
ASFIBE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 89 943,60
Address
Avda. Marques De Benicarlo 39
12580 Benicarlo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ignacio Jose Nuñez Alvarez (Mr.)
JOHN L. BRIERLEY LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 21 094,50
Address
Quay Street
HD1 6QT Huddersfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ian Brierley (Mr.)
PIEL SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 119 894
Address
Poligono Industrial Casa Felisio S/n
46890 Agullent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erne Segrelles (Ms.)
HEMCORE LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Unit I, Halesworth Business Centre? Norwich Road
IP198QJ Halesworth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Simper (Mr.)
TRANSFURANS CHEMICALS BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 135 216
Address
Leukaard 2
2440 Geel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michel Clonen (Mr.)
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 290 332
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mark Hughes (Prof.)
INSTYTUT WLOKIEN NATURALNYCH I ROSLIN ZIELARSKICH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 247 634,25
Address
Ul. Wojska Polskiego 71 B
60 630 Poznan
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ewa Gulczynska (Ms.)
ABENSI ENERGIA S.L
Spain
EU contribution
€ 54 050,80
Address
Calle Caceres 4
41940 Tomares-sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rafael Pozo (Mr.)
BAFA BADISCHE NATURFASERAUFBEREITUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 61 884
Address
Stephanstrasse 2
76316 Malsch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernd Frank (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 103 527
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Seija Flinck (Ms.)