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European Space Qualified Carbon Fibres and Pre-Impregnated Based Materials

Objective

"EUCARBON project aims to overcome the present recognised need of European made space qualified carbon fibre and pre-impregnated materials (prepregs). These materials are the building blocks for technological innovation in Space research. Presently aerospace qualified carbon fibre is either produced outside Europe or produced in Europe under foreign countries supervision. This issue weakens European competitiveness in Space. Therefore, the possibility for Europe to have free, unrestricted access to these materials requires their development in European facilities under European supervision.
The following developments will result from the project:
-High and ultrahigh modulus carbon fibres to be produced in Europe by a European manufacturer
-Space qualified pre-impregnated materials involving the developed carbon fibres and epoxy resins doped with carbon nanotubes. These novel materials will address one of the main issues linked to use of carbon fibres composites in space applications: their low thermal and electrical conductivity.
The above technologies will be demonstrated with the conception, production and testing of demonstrator parts for use as satellites and launchers components.
The space sector is a strategic asset contributing to the independence, security and prosperity of Europe and its role in the world. Europe needs non-dependent access to critical space technologies, which is a sine-qua-non condition for achieving Europe’s strategic objectives. Non-dependence refers to the possibility for Europe to have free, unrestricted access to any required space technology. EUCARBON project intends to give a contribution in the space qualified carbon fibres and novel pre-impregnated materials issue. Moreover, this development will provide raw-materials to other strategic sectors of industry in Europe like: aircraft, automotive, and others."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

INEGI - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIA E INOVACAO EM ENGENHARIA MECANICA E ENGENHARIA INDUSTRIAL
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias 400
4200 465 Porto
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 855 173,70
Administrative Contact
Nuno Rocha (Dr.)

Participants (3)

SGL COMPOSITES, S.A.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 778 073,30
Address
Zona Industrial Do Lavradio Sitio Da Barra A Barra
2830 Barreiro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ana Paula Vieira Vidigal C. Mendes Fagundes (Ms.)
EADS CASA Espacio
Spain
EU contribution
€ 109 800
Address
Avenida De Aragón 404
28022 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Jimenez (Mr.)
CTL TASTAIL TEORANTA LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 254 400
Address
Udaras Industrial Estate
Galway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mike Naylor (Mr.)