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Novel tooling for composites curing under microwave heating

Objective

The aim of the project Mu-Tool is to develop an alternative method of microwave processing of composites, to enable the rapid and low-cost production of composite parts. The new process will result in an increase in energy efficiency, production efficiency, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and production costs.

The principle of this technology will be the use of ceramic tooling which is transparent to microwaves, while the inner surface of the tools is coated with a microwave-absorbent material. Energy will be applied to the tooling through the absorbing layer only, minimising the amount of applied energy and therefore also minimising the cost and emission of CO2 gases. As the composite component is heated directly (via the absorber material), whilst allowing the tooling and microwave chamber to remain relatively cool, the process can be terminated and restarted more quickly leading to an improvement in productivity and a large reduction in energy use.

The lower cost parts produced will open up new mass-market application areas in the field of surface transport. In the automotive field, the goal of lower-carbon vehicles is placing new demands upon the availability of low-cost, light-weight strong materials. Mu-tool will realise this potential.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

LOIRETECH MAUVES
Address
Zac De La Verdiere
44470 Mauves Sur Loire
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 326 061,12
Administrative Contact
Marc Moret (Mr.)

Participants (7)

MICROCAB INDUSTRIES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 193 270,40
Address
Terry Road 93
CV1 2AZ Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Jostins (Prof.)
NEOSID PEMETZRIEDER GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 191 125
Address
Langenscheid 26-30
58553 Halver
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aloys Foecker (Dr.)
SAMPAS NANOTEKNOLOJI ARASTIRMA GELISTIRME VE PAZARLAMA LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 202 130
Address
Cubuklu Mah Orhan Veli Kanik Cad Yakut Sok No:3 Eryilmaz Plz Kat.6b Kavacik Beykoz
34810 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fatih Mehmet Erguney (Dr.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 64 465,80
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lucy Parker (Ms.)
JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 6 640
Address
Industriestrasse 20-30
Burscheid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lambert Feher (Dr.)
RISE IVF AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 28 100
Address
Argongatan 30
431 53 Molndal
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Marie Pauli (Mrs.)
LOIRETECH HOLDING SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 148 707,68
Address
Zac De La Verdiere
44470 Mauves Sur Loire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Moret (Mr.)