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Development of thermoplastic composites based on upgraded ligno-cellulose fibres for improved durability and their processing for components

Objective



This Stage 2 Craft-proposal is prepared with the help of an exploratory award (Project Ref. No. BEST-3163), which was rated as very good. Nowadays, ecological concern has resulted in a renewed interest in natural fibres based on lignocellulose, such as flax and hemp. These fibres are an interesting alternative for the use of glass fibres in engineering polymer composites. In contrast to glass fibres these vegetable fibres are renewable, nonabrasive to processing equipment, can be incinerated and show less concern with safety and health. In addition they exhibit excellent mechanical properties, especially when their low density and price in comparison to E glass fibres is taken into account. Unfortunately, up to now their high moisture absorption and poor dimensional stability (swelling), as well as their susceptibility to rotting has hindered the successful application of these fibres in high quality products. With a recently developed upgrading process for materials based on ligno cellulose these limiting properties can be significantly improved. The availability of this novel upgrading process for natural fibres could remove the main restriction for the successful application of I these fibres in high quality engineering composites with improved durability. The objective of this cooperative research project is to develop thermoplastic composite products based on upgraded flax fibres with optimized mechanical and physical properties, improved durability and a good processability. As a result these materials could compete with commercially available glass fibrereinforced thermoplastic products, anticipating on the growing demand for environmental friendly products, e.g. polymers reinforced with natural fibres, offering tremendous market opportunities for the SME proposers. In this cooperative research eleven SMEs, four non SMEs and four RTDs from six dfferent countries participate. The consortium comprises the complete chain of supply, including suppliers of raw materials, processors of semi finished products, manufacturers of plastic endproducts and end users.

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

Atlas Acomfa B.V.
Address
43,Delfweg
2210 GG Noordwijkerhout
Netherlands

Participants (18)

Ceres B.V.
Netherlands
Address
1B,wildekamp
6704 AT Wageningen
Controlled Curing Systems Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
St Peters Place
FY6 8GD Poulton
DSM Nv
Netherlands
Address
Het Overloon
6411 TE Heerlen
Danflax AS
Denmark
Address
Jorgensmindevej
9270 Klarup
Eindhoven University of Technology
Netherlands
Address
Den Dolch
5600 MB Eindhoven
Flevovlas Loonwerk B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Vliegtuigweg
8308 PM Nagele
Fritz Himmermann GmbH & Co KG
Germany
Address
Trierer Strasse
53940 Hellenthal
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Royal School Of Mines, Prince Consort Road
SW7 2BP London
JB Plant Fibre Enterprises Limited
United Kingdom
Address
Old School
LL57 4UW Bangor - Gwynedd
LAURENCE PATRICK WETTERN TRADING AS AAV PLASTICS DESIGN
United Kingdom
Address
Gore Cross Business Park
DT6 3UX Bridport
PTS Jena GmbH
Germany
Address
Göschnitzer Strasse
07745 Jena
Polynorm Plastics BV
Netherlands
Address
Borchwerf
4700 BG Roosendaal
Rover Group Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Gaydon Test Centre Banbury Road Lighthorne
CV34 0BL Warwick
Sandvik Process Systems GmbH
Germany
Address
Salierstrasse
70719 Fellbach - Stuttgart
THÜRINGISCHES INSTITUT FÜR TEXTIL- UND KUNSTSTOFF- FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Breitscheidstraße 97
07407 Rudolstadt-schwarza
TIMMERIJE BV
Netherlands
Address
Schoolweg 29
7161 PK Neede
TRANSMARE COMPOUNDING BV
Netherlands
Address
Ringweg 7 Industriepark Roerstreek
6045 JL Roermond
Temafa Textilmaschinenfabrik Meissnermorgner &CO Gmbh
Germany
Address
8,An De Zinhtte
51469 Bergisch Gladbach