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Processing and Upscaling of Fire-Resistant Nano-Filled Thermosetting Polyester Resin

Objective

Polyfire will develop and upscale techniques for processing halogen-free, fire-retardant nanocomposites and coatings based on unsaturated polyester resins and nanoclays. These materials will improve public safety and environmental impact by eliminating halogenated fire-retardants, which produce toxic combustion products. The ability of well-dispersed nanoparticles to enhance the fire-retardancy of thermoplastic polymers is well-established, but thermoset polyester has received relatively little attention. In a recent collaborative project, the fire-retardancy of polyester resin was dramatically improved on a lab scale by adding small amounts of organomodified nanoclay, along with significantly reduced amounts of other, non-halogen fire-retardant additives. However, significant further work is required to scale-up production and to assess the health and environmental impacts. This project will develop and upscale the nanoclay modification and will use novel mixing techniques to enable industrial-scale production of the nano-filled polyester. The project will generate turn-key solutions for easy integration into industrial SMEs. Nanocomposites and coatings will be produced and subjected to stringent tests. The technology will be demonstrated by producing 3 large-scale case study parts from construction, rail and marine sectors. Comprehensive health and environmental impact assessments will be conducted.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Coordinator

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED
Address
Bridge Way 4a Broom Business Park
S41 9QG Chesterfield
United Kingdom

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brendon Weager (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 373 845

Participants (10)

LAVIOSA CHIMICA MINERARIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 90 600
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
Valentina Ermini (Dr.)
FUNDACION GAIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 371 116
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Vizcaya, Edificio 202
48170 Zamudio

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Oscar Salas (Mr.)
YTRON Process Technology GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 270 960
Address
Am Anger 25
83233 Bernau

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johannes Trauwitz (Mr.)
Scott Bader Co Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 59 999
Address
Wollaston
NN29 7RL Wellingborough, Northants

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Neil Gray (Mr.)
IRIS VERNICI SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 79 600
Address
Via Novi 42
15060 Basaluzzo

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claudio Pagella (Dr.)
APC COMPOSIT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 200 360
Address
Karlsviksvaegen 81
97594 Lulea

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tord Gustafsson (Mr.)
HORST TROITZSCH JURGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 124 800
Address
Adolfsallee 30
65185 Wiesbaden

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juergen Troitzsch (Dr.)
SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 367 582
Address
Howard Street City Campus
S1 1WB Sheffield

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christopher Breen (Prof.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 265 619
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia Astondo Bidea Edificio 700
48160 Derio (Bizkaia)

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mercedes Ocio Rosales (Ms.)
PROCOAT Consorzio per la promozione dei prodotti vernicianti e ricopenti
Italy
EU contribution
€ 49 800
Address
Viale Teresa Michel 5
15100 Alessandria

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Silvia Bea (Ms.)