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An innovative environmentally friendly gelcoating technology for composites for marine and wind-Turbine applications to reduce VOC emissions, processing time and cost

Objective

Gel coats are applied to fibre-reinforced composite materials for aesthetic or protection purposes. Styrene is an essential part of these gelcoats, with ~25% of this released during possessing. These styrene emissions cause irritation and neurological effects as well as possibly being carcinogen. One of the biggest negative effects of styrene is the perceived odour both by the workforce and neighbourhoods. As a result styrene emissions are limited under the Solvent Emissions Directive.
Although the adoption of closed mould technologies for the production of composite parts have gone a long way to reducing styrene emissions during manufacture, gelcoating must still be undertaken under open-mould conditions as no viable in-mould gelcoating technology is commercially available.
We are developing an innovative in-mould gel-coating process, requiring minimal equipment modification (and therefore low capital expenditure) based on the innovative application of low-viscocity gelcoats and a spacer fabric. The proof-of-concept work undertaken to date has this technology has the potential to achieve significant benefits beyond the current state of the art to produce parts that are fit for purpose whilst reducing styrene emissions to <5ppm.

The overall aim of the InGeCt project is to develop technical textiles and gel-coat formulations in combination with process design and optimisation that will enable significant reductions in VOC emissions whilst reducing production times by 18.5% and manufacturing cost by 10.5%. Our technology will therefore be very attractive to composites processors, giving significant economic and societal benefits to consumers and manufacturers. The SME consortium target a significant penetration of the EU market within a 5 year period, achieving direct annual sales of over €100 million. The technology will make a significant contribution to reducing VOC emissions, enabling EU SMEs to meet their immediate and forthcoming legislative requirements.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH ENTERPRISE LTD
Address
Portland Villas 9 University Of Plymouth Drake Circus
PL4 8AA Plymouth
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 41 010,80
Administrative Contact
John Summerscales (Prof.)

Participants (9)

KMT NORD APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 137 413
Address
Refshalevej 200
1432 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Harder Cohen (Mr.)
LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 141 169
Address
Rotterdamseweg 380
Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maarten Labordus (Dr.)
ALAN HARPER COMPOSITES

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 60 078,41
Address
Lower Port View 8
PL12 4BY Saltash
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alan Harper (Mr.)
TESSITURA VALDOLONA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 203 986,75
Address
Via Piave 70
21057 Olgiate Olona Varese
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Ciapparelli (Mr.)
DE IJSSEL COATINGS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 237 945
Address
Centrumbaan 960
2841 MH Moordrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robbert Van Der Eijk (Dr.)
YKI, YTKEMISKA INSTITUTET AB

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 9 988
Address
Drottning Kristinas Vaeg 45
11486 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Agne Swerin (Dr.)
CENTRO TESSILE COTONIERO E ABBIGLIAMENTO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 6 960
Address
Piazza Sant Anna 2
21052 Busto Arsizio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfonso Pianezza (Dr.)
RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 7 594
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Karin Persson (Dr.)
ALAN HARPER COMPOSITES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 220 992,74
Address
Gliston Road Gwel Avon Business Park 4
PL12 6TW Saltash Cornwall
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alan Harper (Mr.)