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Bio-based recyclable, reshapable and repairable (3R) fibre-reinforced EpOXY composites for automotive and construction sectors.

Objective

Fibre reinforced thermoset composites (FRTCs) are attractive materials for high demanding sectors, such as automotive or construction, due to their lightweight and excellent mechanical properties. However, the lack of reprocessability and difficulty for repairing and recycling significantly increases the overall material cost and causes grave environmental concerns. Additionally, the vast majority of polymer matrices and fibres used in their manufacturing are non-renewable fossil-derived materials or require high amounts of energy for their production.
Aiming at addressing those limitations by involving the European bio-based industry, ECOXY will develop innovative bio-based epoxy resins and fibre reinforcements to produce new sustainable and techno-economically competitive FRTCs by targeting advanced functionalities: reparability, reprocessability and recyclability (3R). The 3R functionalities will be achieved by using new resin formulations replacing commonly used curing agents by dynamic hardeners, which under certain operational makes possible to: 1) repair fibre/matrix delamination and matrix micro-cracks, 2) reprocess cured laminates could be reprocessed to create new 3D parts (impossible with traditional FRTCs), 3) mechanical and chemical recycling.
Thus, ECOXY will develop: 1) tailor-made bio-based epoxy monomers (including biorefinery products), 2) upgraded and functional bio-based fibres (natural and PLA), 3) specific formulations for FRTCs manufacturing processes (RTM, wet compression moulding and pultrusion) and 4) additional functionalities such as flame-retardancy for 3R resin and self healing for fibres.
The selected prototypes will be validated for automotive and construction sectors using relevant standards and applicable certifications. Besides, an environmental (LCA) and socio-economic assessment of the results will be carried out.
The well balanced composition of the consortium, 6 SME, 6 RTO and 1 academia gives ECOXY the maximum chance of succ

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2016
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Funding Scheme

BBI-RIA - Bio-based Industries Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACION CIDETEC
Address
Paseo Miramon 196 Parque Tecnologico De Miramon
20014 San Sebastian
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 610 000

Participants (12)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 478 850
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
SPECIFIC POLYMERS
France
EU contribution
€ 471 375
Address
Avenue Des Cocardieres 150 Zac Via Domitia
34160 Castries
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WEVERIJ FLIPTS EN DOBBELS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 202 250
Address
Groenestraat 220
8800 Roeselare
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AVANTIUM CHEMICALS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 315 000
Address
Zekeringstraat 29
1014 BV Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DEL'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 541 875
Address
Rue Montoyer 24/2
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACION AITIIP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 441 750
Address
Poligono Empresarium, Calle Romero N 12-14
50720 Zaragoza
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 386 340
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 206 000
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 351 145
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
BERGAMO TECNOLOGIE SPZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 172 500
Address
Ulica Sienkiewicza 5
95050 Konstantynow Lodzki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN COMPOSIT RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 322 875
Address
Vestergade 42
4990 Sakskobing
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VERTECH GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 351 000
Address
11 Rue Defly
06000 Nice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)