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Fire Retardant Line Hoses for Forestry Fire-Fighting Applications

Objective

Fires destroy between 200K and 600K hectares of forest every year in the EU-15, accounting mainly for the Mediterranean countries (Greece, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain), and costing the European economy between 200 and 600 million Euro per year, and a number of live loss. Direct earth fire combat using hoses is a key method used for fighting fires in forestry environments, often used in conjunction with air fighting and other methods. Given the unpredictability of fire in natural environments, versatility and safety are key element to de successful action of the fire brigade. Currently used fire hoses cannot resist more than 1 minute to a direct fire of 350C, resulting in many cases in hoses burning as a consequence of now fire start ups. This has shown dramatic consequences in fire-fighter´s safety, as well as a decrease in the versatility and efficiency of direct fire combat action plans. The project aims to produce a novel fire-fighting hose system for forestry applications able to provide enhanced versatility, efficiency and safety of fire-fighters in their forestry protection action plans. The hose system will be made of a novel rubber formulation based on PVC/NBR using intumescent additives and fire-resistant components, particularly based on nano-clay inclusions. The hose will provide enhanced fire resistant properties, aiming at increasing current performance by 5 to10 times, while retaining similar mechanical specifications as currently exiting products in the market (weight, service pressure, curvature radius, min temperature, and resistance to abrasion, chemicals, hydrocarbons and ozone) The innovation is expected to impact in other applications for fire-resistant rubbers such as civil, industrial and military. From the scientific point of view, we expect this programme to make a contribution to the understanding of fire resistant composite sciences.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Coordinator

PRODUCTOS Y MANGUERAS ESPECIALES SA
Address
Poligono Industrial San Lazaro Calle Silo 10
26250 Santo Domingo De La Calzada
Spain

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
José Luis Palacios Saseta (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 436 180

Participants (9)

ELASTOMEROS RIOJANOS, S.A
Spain
EU contribution
€ 162 425,50
Address
Avenida De Quel 35
Arnedo

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ana Vivaracho (Ms.)
EUROPROTECT FRANCE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 131 823,20
Address
Rue Jean Viriot 6
88000 Epinal

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jérome Venon (Mr.)
RAUPLAN OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 90 936,30
Address
Salvumiehenkatu 10
20320 Turku

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ville-Pekka Suorsa (Mr.)
METALBLAST LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 103 732
Address
Cowley Road, Nuffield Industrial Estate 11
BH17 0UJ Poole

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steward Black (Mr.)
QINETIQ LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 36 892
Address
Cody Technology Park Ively Road
GU14 0LX Farnborough

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simon Brian Dodd (Dr.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 26 680
Address
Calle Manuel Tovar 49
28034 Madrid

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
ETHNICON METSOVION POLYTECHNION
Greece
EU contribution
€ 42 813
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
157 80 Athina

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Milt Statheropoulos (Prof.)
LAVIOSA CHIMICA MINERARIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 23 088
Address
Via Leonardo Da Vinci 21
57123 Livorno

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maurizio Curina (Mr.)
SPAIN RUBBER SL

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Poligono Industrial Las Horcas S/n
44600 Alcaniz

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marisol Giner Sancho (Ms.)