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Hybrid thermoplastic composites for recyclable and high performance head protection systems (PRO-HEAD)

Objective

The public feeling towards the need of effective safety or protection systems is progressively increasing in several sectors. Regulations have made mandatory the use of helmet for motorcyclists and for workers operating in dangerous environment (e.g. build ing construction site), while new regulations are likely to be introduced to make mandatory the helmet in other fields (e.g. cycling, skiing, skating...). Statistics proved that the helmet significantly reduces the risk of death in accidents related to he ad injuries but the number of victims in all fields is still impressive. The European producers of helmets are mainly SMEs which have to face a strong competition from low labour cost countries. There is therefore the strong need to introduce into the ma rket innovative products characterised by higher performances at a competitive price. The aim of the project is to develop a novel fully recyclable hybrid thermoplastic composite material for head protection devices, based on novel all-thermoplastic compo sites with embedded superelastic fabrics. The introduction of the new materials and the related manufacturing techniques and tools, together with the results of the demonstration activities will have a direct impact to the product innovation and will give new impulse to the introduction of new concepts and standards for safety, recyclability and product regeneration in sectors very important for the safety of the citizens. The main innovation of the project is the novel recyclable thermoplastic hybrid comp osite material for head protection systems. To achieve this objective the following innovations must be pursued: a novel all-thermoplastic commingled fabric for rapid moulding and easy recycling; a novel single stage compression moulding process; a nove l superelastic fabric architecture; a novel thermoplastic hybrid composite. The project builds up on the experience of Engineering Team and the consortium has been enlarged to take into account the different skills and expertise needed to reach an explo itable product for head protection system all over Europe and the world.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SME-1
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Coordinator

ENGINEERING TEAM S.R.L.
Address
Via Solagna 37
Trevignano
Italy

Participants (10)

AEROVAC SYSTEMS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
500 Bradford Road Sandbeds
Keighley, West Yorkshire
D'APPOLONIA SPA
Italy
Address
Via San Nazaro 19
Genova
DEENSIDE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Meadows House Henry Street
Northampton (Northamptonshire)
EPSIRA OY
Finland
Address
Pajakatu 6
Vammala
FOAM TECHNIQUES LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Booth Drive Park Farm South
Wellingborough (Northamptonshire)
PERA INNOVATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Pera Innovation Park, Nottingham Road
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
PRENDAS DEPORTIVAS NZI S.L.
Spain
Address
Carretera De Jumilla S/n
Yecla-murcia
SAVIPLAST SNC
Italy
Address
Via Ragazzi Del 99, 8
Mancalese (Re)
SOCIEDAD ANONIMA GROBER
Spain
Address
C/ Cristofol Grober 6
Bescano (Girona)
TMBK PARTNERS
Poland
Address
44 Czarnieckiego St
Nieporet