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INNOVATIVE SMART COMPOSITE MOULDS FOR COST-EFFECTIVE MANUFACTURING OF PLASTIC AND COMPOSITE COMPONENTS

Objective

Currently, composite moulds are mainly used in open-mould manufacturing processes and in Light RTM (a low-pressure variation of RTM). The proposed project aims to extend the applicability of composite moulds into the more demanding regime of RTM production, as well as to extend the application of the open mould and light RTM techniques in the field of advanced resin systems, where elevated temperature is required. Most important Innovations are: i. embedded heating elements, based on the carbon reinforcement of the mould, close to the mould-part interface demanding less energy. ii. Incorporation of flow, temperature and cure sensors that will enable full automatic control of the process. iii. Layout of a cooling system consisting of a conformal (following the contour of the part) tubing network. iv. Use of piezoceramic film actuators which will induce micro-vibrations and thus assist resin flow inside the cavity. Such actuators on the edges, can be used for demoulding thus reducing tool complexity and demoulding time. Integration of these functionalities into a single “smart” mould is anticipated to impart a significant advancement of the composite and plastics manufacturing industry. It is obvious that by lowering the cost of the moulds the application of high end composites into the sectors of aerospace and automotive industry widens, serving weight reduction and the greening of the transport sector while extending the use of composites in other industrial sectors such as leisure and sport, the energy sector etc. Managing to develop composite moulds for the demanding RTM field, would automatically make them available for other manufacturing processes for engineering plastics and composites (RIM, Transfer moulding, Resin Infusion). While the current project will occupy itself in the RTM, the Resin Infusion and the pultrusion process, the technologies developed will be applicable in other small and medium temperature and medium pressure manufacturing methods.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-SME-3
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Coordinator

INASCO HELLAS ETAIREIA EFARMOSMENON AERODIASTIMIKON EPISTIMON EE
Address
Napoleontos Zerva 18
16675 Glyfada Athina
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 309 484
Administrative Contact
Dimitri Bofilios (Dr.)

Participants (12)

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 216 511
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Jesús Jurado Oñate (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 313 200
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vassilios Kostopoulos (Prof.)
UMECO STRUCTURAL MATERIALS (DERBY) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 252 550
Address
Concorde House, Warwick New Road 24
CV32 5JG Leamington Spa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Quentin Fontana (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU
Greece
EU contribution
€ 164 700
Address
Lofos Panepistimiou
81100 Mytilini
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Panayiotis Tsokaros (Mr.)
CLERIUM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 166 125
Address
Ruigenhoek 40
3085 EN Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patroclos Fasseas (Mr.)
FIBRETECH COMPOSITES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 224 655
Address
Am Lesumdeich 2
28719 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Freyer (Mr.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 179 045,25
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Craig Coghill (Mr.)
INVENT INNOVATIVE VERBUNDWERKSTOFFEREALISATION UND VERMARKTUNG NEUERTECHNOLOGIEN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 204 570
Address
Christian Pommer Strasse 47
38112 Braunschweig
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wichmann Henning (Mr.)
KHEGAL AERONAUTICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 157 896,75
Address
Pol Talaia, Parc D 17
20180 Oiartzun
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oscar Jauregui (Mr.)
FUNDACION CIDAUT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 203 414
Address
Plaza Vicente Aleixandre Campos 2 Pq Tecnologico De Boecillo 209
47151 Valladolid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Teresa Fernadez Peña (Ms.)
EUREXCEL MEMBERSHIP PROJECTS LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Granard Business Centre, Bunns Lane 7
NW7 2DQ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ian Harding (Mr.)
FIBREFORCE COMPOSITES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 107 838
Address
Fairoak Lane Whitehouse
WA7 3DU Runcorn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hartley John (Dr.)