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.
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