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Novel Injection Moulding Processing for the Production of Low Density Foams based on Innovative Granule Technology

Objective

Our concept is to enable the production of high quality foams from engineering grade thermoplastics using existing injection moulding and extrusion equipment installed in our SME communities. We propose the creation of a novel polymer processing technology. We will develop the ability to foam engineering grade thermoplastics without the need for chemical blowing agents or speciality moulding equipment. Our technology offers many advantages for SME injection moulders & extruders in sectors such as aerospace, automotive and construction. We will: • Eliminate the need to invest in expensive processing machinery to make foam parts • Eliminate the need for chemical blowing agents • Reduce material consumption • Reduce energy consumption through lower process temperatures • Produce low density, consistent foams with excellent mechanical properties • Reduce part cost and finishing operation requirements • Increase manufacturing flexibility We have selected engineering grade thermoplastics, which will be saturated with nitrogen gas at temperatures above Tg, where diffusion rates of gas within the polymer are significantly increased. The granules will then be cooled below Tg, ‘trapping’ the nitrogen molecules within. The granules will be packaged and shipped to SME moulders for use in standard moulding machines. During processing, melting of the polymer will release the trapped nitrogen, producing foam in the moulding machine. We will develop our understanding of melt processing technology to ensure optimum processing speed, density and mechanical performance. Initial trials have already indicated the potential of this process but the technology needs considerable further development for successful commercialisation. We strongly believe that our technological breakthroughs will benefit the European polymer processing community, which is facing significant threats from lower cost imports

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

THE BRITISH PLASTICS FEDERATION LBG
Address
Rivington Street 6 Bath Place
EC2A 3JE London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 693 686
Administrative Contact
Alan Davey (Mr.)

Participants (9)

MITTETULUNDUSUHING EESTI PLASTITOOSTUSE LIIT (Estonian Plastics Association)
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 406 787
Address
Ahtri 12
10151 Tallinn
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Kalevi Paluteder (Mr.)
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE INDUSTRIALES DE PLASTICOS - ANAIP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 423 122
Address
Calle Coslada 18
28028 Madrid
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Francisco Jimenez Sanz (Mr.)
YKI, YTKEMISKA INSTITUTET AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 22 370
Address
Drottning Kristinas Vaeg 45
11486 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Agne Swerin (Prof.)
THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 21 413
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andy Dean (Mr.)
STRUCTURE-FLEX LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 62 516
Address
Peacock Way
NR24 2AZ Melton Constable
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Reeve (Mr.)
5M SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 45 789
Address
Na Zahonech 1177
686 04 Kunovice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Pavlica (Mr.)
POLINTER SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 79 669
Address
Carretera De Ribes Km 13
08110 Montcada I Reixac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Masats (Mr.)
ZOTEFOAMS PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 150 259
Address
Mitcham Road 675
CR9 3AL Croydon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Neil Witten (Dr.)
TECNOSTAMP TRIULZI GROUP SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 71 476
Address
Via Marinetti Filippo Tommaso 3
20127 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ferdinando Triulzi (Mr.)