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Self-assembly of nano crystalline cellulose for lightweight cellular structures

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 604003

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    30 September 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 721 547,20

  • EU contribution

    € 3 393 647

Coordinated by:

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED

United Kingdom

Objective

Cellulose, the primary structural component of plants, is the most ubiquitous and abundant organic compound on the planet. When cellulose fibrils are processed under carefully controlled conditions, it is possible to release highly crystalline nano-particles known as “nano crystalline cellulose (NCC)”. Recently, NCC-FOAM partners have developed a unique technique for self-assembling NCC into highly ordered “puff-pastry-like” layered cellular structures, i.e. foams. This self-assembly process is controllable, and the final cell structure can be modified to produce open or closed cell geometries depending on the requirements of the end application. Furthermore, the constituent NCC nanofibres are sustainably sourced from paper mill or forestry waste.

The controlled patterning of the nano-structure during the self-assembly process facilitates the infusion of resins for stiffening / strengthening and the production of foams with customised internal structures and directional strength. The inherent strength of the NCC skeleton means that only minimal quantities of reinforcing resin are needed, resulting in lightweight and cost-effective foams.

Within NCC-FOAM, the overall objective is to develop an NCC foam/resin composite that enables the design, development and processing of sustainable structural foam materials. The use of infused resins has yet to be developed, the challenge being to produce foams that are simultaneously structural, durable and renewably-sourced. If successful, this would represent a true breakthrough for rigid foam technology. Furthermore, NCC-FOAM aims to bring the production techniques closer to industrialisation by developing the methods and equipment to produce foams with meaningful practical dimensions (at least 1 m x 0.5 m x 20 mm). Such samples will allow the feasibility of future industrialisation to be assessed, as well as permitting a full characterisation of the materials.

Coordinator

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED

Address

Bridge Way 4a Broom Business Park
S41 9qg Chesterfield

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 477 077

Administrative Contact

Joe Carruthers (Dr.)

Participants (11)

BALANCE TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 215 900

BLATRADEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 343 680

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 216 500

EXOVA (UK) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 222 951

Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 128 545

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 399 061

LINDBACKS BYGG AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 210 720

MELODEA LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 485 784

RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 56 011

RISE SICOMP AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 369 616

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 267 802

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 604003

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2013

  • End date

    30 September 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 721 547,20

  • EU contribution

    € 3 393 647

Coordinated by:

NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED

United Kingdom