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An Innovative Soft Skinned Fire Resistant Cable for Fire Safety Applications Manufactured Using Integrated Cold Gas Dynamic Spraying and Polymer Extrusion Technologies

Objective

There are 2.5 million reported fires, causing 20-25,000 deaths, 250-500,000 injuries and extensive environmental damage each year in the EU. The cost of fire damage to the EU is estimated at 100 billion Euros. Fire safety equipment such as fire alarms and emergency lighting is extremely effective at reducing the damage and cost associated with fires. Fire resistant cabling that transmits power and data are an essential part of fire safety systems. The global market for fire resistance cable is estimated at 3 billion Euros p.a., with Europe accounting for 1.4 billion Euros p.a. European SMEs are increasingly having to improve the fire resistance performance of their cables to ensure that they are able to achieve the specification of the Construction Products Directive (CPD). Current soft-skinned fire resistant cables consist of insulated copper wires with a metallic shield layer that is applied by wrapping metallised polymer films around the cables. As a result of this wrapping process, there is always a ‘slot’ that runs along the length of the cables where the metallised films are joined. These ‘slots’ are invariably the point of failure when the cables are subjected to fire. The proposed ‘Fire Shield’ project will develop an innovative flexible polymer processing industrial extrusion processing that will combine traditional extrusion technologies with the relatively new innovation of dynamic cold spraying to spray the shields directly on to the cables. This will enable the consortium partners to produce soft-skinned fire resistant cables with a solid shield layer whose fire performance greatly exceeding current data cables on the market. This will give our SME consortium global market leadership leading to sales in excess of 100 million Euros 5 years after the project ends and increase profits across the consortium by over 7 million Euros.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

VENTCROFT LIMITED
Address
Goddard Road
WA7 1NQ Runcorn
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 361 823
Administrative Contact
Karen Jones (Ms.)

Participants (8)

MAILLEFER S.A.
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 25 234
Address
Route Du Bois 37
1024 Ecublens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Schlaefli (Mr.)
WINDAK AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 262 309
Address
Veddesta Centrum
175 43 Jarfalla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Urban Bollo (Mr.)
FLAME SPRAY TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 329
Address
Dijkgraaf 40
6921 RL Duiven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Menno Zwetsloot (Mr.)
ALPHAGARY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 26 248
Address
Leicester Road Industrial Estate
LE13 0DG Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steven Tyrell (Mr.)
THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 24 395
Address
Middle Aston House
OX25 5PT Middle Aston
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andy Dean (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 19 504
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arnaud Helleux (Mr.)
AESA SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 13 626
Address
Chemin De La Plaine 7
2013 Colombier
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick De Bruyne (Mr.)
ROSENDHAL MASCHINEN GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
Address
Schachen 57
8212 Pischelsdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Hofer (Mr.)