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Integration of conventional polymers with ceramic nanoparticles to produce structural composites with enhanced performances

Objective


- Production of nanosized silicon carbide powders with average size of about 10 nm;
- Preliminary production of iron-oxide nanoparticles;
- Identification of low price commercial nanofillers, fully accomplishing the project requirements, for volume production;
- Development of new polymerisation routes to obtain homogeneous particle dispersion ("in situ polymerisation").
- Production of nanocomposite test materials: 1) SiC+ Nylon,/ UPE/ epoxy resins/ PMMA; 2) Precipitated CaCO3 SOCAL( + polypropylene/ PMMA;
- Production of prototype gears for service tests in wood-drilling machine;
- Production of PP+ CaCO3 SOCAL( at different filler concentration;
- Production and test of clutch spare parts.
The industrial and technical objectives of the present
proposal are the development and production of a new
class of polymeric based nanocomposites with enhanced
performances. These new materials are aimed to substitute
more expensive technical parts and to the production of
barrier plastic film in food industry . To this end
nanoscale ceramic powders will be added to commercial
products. Nanoscale ceramic particles will be produced
either by laser synthesis from gaseous precursor or by
conventional method. The polymeric based composites will
be prepared by the two following alternative routes:
1) Fine particles dispersion in a polymer solution with
subsequent precipitation.
2) Direct dispersion of the ceramic nanoparticles in
the monomeric precursors and subsequent polymerization.
Since an homogeneous dispersion is a focal point for
performance improvement, the chemical composition as well
as the size of the nanoparticles will be tailored to
optimise the dispersion process. Technical components,
like gear systems in wood drilling machine, wear
resistance materials, as well as film for food packaging
will be made out of these new materials. The
performances of the polymeric nanocomposite manufactured
items will be tested in operating service conditions, and
the competitiveness with market production will be
assessed.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Consorzio sulle Applicazioni dei Materiali Plastici e Problemi di Difesa dalla Corrosione
Address
Via Nuovo Macello
80131 Napoli - Portici
Italy

Participants (9)

Argo
Greece
Address
1St Km. Koropi-varis
19400 Koropi
Biesse SpA
Italy
Address
Via Toscana 75
61100 Pesaro
Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente (ENEA)
Italy
Address
Via Enrico Fermi 27
00044 Frascati
Fundación Centro Tecnológico GAIKER
Spain
Address
Parque Tecnológico De Zamudio
48016 Zamudio
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON
France
Address
Avenue Albert Einstein 20, Bètiment Blaise Pascal
69621 Villeurbanne
Mecarm Srl
Italy
Address
Zona Industriale So.co.mer.
81100 Caserta
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Via Toiano 111
80072 Arco Felice
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Sweden
Address
Teknikringen 56-58
100 44 Stockholm
UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID
Spain
Address
S/n,c/dr. Mergelina S/n
47011 Valladolid