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Biodegradable solutions for packaging of liquid dairy products

Objective

This research proposal intends to develop innovative plastic bottles and bags manufactured in biodegradable materials that fulfil the requirements for packaging of different types of dairy products.

One of the main drawbacks for the wide application of biodegradable materials currently available on the market in certain applications is their thermal resistance, in comparison with traditional plastics such as high density polyethylene, HDPE or polyethylene terephtalate, PET. Biodegradable materials show a limited range of temperatures of use, up to 50-60ºC depending on their composition.

Plastic bottles and bags intended for packaging of dairy products are subjected to medium-high temperature during sterilization and transportation, and therefore thermal stability of the material is a major drawback of biodegradable resins to be introduced into this wide market.

To overcome these limitations the use of reactive extrusion is proposed. The process essentially forms chemical bonds between the polymer chains resulting in a dense network of very high molecular weight. This polymer becomes less mobile when subjected to heat or mechanical loads, and with this, properties such as heat distortion, ESCR, creep and abrasion resistance are enhanced.

The main challenge in this project will be modifying the chemical structure of the biodegradable materials to increase thermal resistance without decreasing their mechanical resistance and their biodegradability properties for plastic bottles and pouches for the packaging of different types of dairy products.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/dairy

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 35 668,70
Administrative Contact
Itziar Carracedo Fernandez (Ms.)

Participants (7)

ALMUPLAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 253 166,88
Address
Calle Pouet 1 Pg Industrial Norte
46440 Almussafes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rut Chelós (Ms.)
VIZELPAS COMERCIO DE ARTIGOS PLASTICOS LIMITADA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 110 615,49
Address
Braga
4815 999 Vizela Santo Adriao
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Odete Gonçalves (Dr.)
ALJUAN SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 196 650,16
Address
Calle Sevilla S/n
03440 Ibi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Beatriz Berzosa Sola (Ms.)
ESPACOPLAS INDUSTRIA E COMERCIALIZAO DE PLASTICOS LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 118 289,29
Address
Rua De Leiria 58 Embra Distrito Leiria
2430 091 Marinha Grande
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Isabel Campos (Mrs.)
VERSUCHS- UND LEHRANSTALT FUR BRAUEREI IN BERLIN (VLB) EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 82 988,09
Address
Seestrasse 13
13353 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Andreas Schreiber (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 6 603,29
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michela Saviozzi (Mrs.)
ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 11 017,97
Address
Dok Noord 5
9000 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steven Verstichel (Mr.)