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

Objectif

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

Appel à propositions

FP7-SME-2007-2
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Coordinateur

THE BRITISH PLASTICS FEDERATION LBG
Adresse
Bath Place 6 Rivington Street
EC2A 3JE London
United Kingdom
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contribution de l’UE
€ 693 686
Contact administratif
Alan Davey (Mr.)

Participants (9)

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