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Smart by Design and Intelligent by Architecture for turbine blade fan and structural components systems

Project description

Developing smart materials for intelligent structures

Microparticles and nanoparticles possess unique physicochemical properties that make them suitable for the development of smart materials. The EU-funded SMARTFAN project will leverage these materials in order to create smart components for application in intelligent structures. The project aims to develop lightweight composites and transfer the advantageous properties of these smart materials, including compatibility, low cost, and recyclability, into bulk composites with polymer-based matrices for structural component systems. To achieve this, SMARTFAN will implement various processes during the manufacturing of composites to preserve the physicochemical properties of the nanomaterials included.


Smartfan aims at the micro and Nano components, which will be used due to their special physico-chemical properties, in order to develop smart (bulk) materials for final application on intelligent structures. CFs for reinforcement and conductivity variance, CNTs and CNFs for sensing, Micro-containers for self-healing, Electro-Magnetic nanoparticles for fields detection and shielding, colouring agents for marking cracks and defects, piezoelectric materials can be the base for manufacturing new smart materials. In order to develop lightweight composite materials and transfer the properties of smart components into bulk materials polymer based matrices, such as Epoxy, PEEK, PVDF etc., will be used because of their compatibility with the above mentioned components, their low cost and their recyclability/reusability. During synthesis of composite bulk materials several processes should take place in order to preserve the special physico-chemical properties of composites and to achieve the best dispersion in the bulk.

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€ 1 032 500,00
Heroon polytechniou 9 zographou campus
157 80 Athina

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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