Periodic Reporting for period 3 - MODCOMP (Modified cost effective fibre based structures with improved multi-functionality and performance)
Reporting period: 2019-04-01 to 2020-03-31
- Batch electropolymerisation of 50x50 cm2 CF fabrics (aeronautical parts, shelters and vessels)
- Continuous electropolymerisation line (150m CF/day)
- Active screen plasma treatment for 10km long CFs (space propellant tanks)
- Reduction of production costs for electropolymerisation and active screen plasma through automation
Improved properties of CFRPs:
- Improvement (up to 18% in resistance to deformation and up to 21% in strength) of the modified materials compared to initial (sample specimens)
- Treated materials have shown a better performance regarding mechanical strength.
- Electrical and thermal transverse properties prediction
- Increase of about 18% (12 kgf/cm2) of the internal working pressure of the propellant tank
- Positive influence on mechanical properties after continuous EPD (hat stringer & handbrake lever)
- Maximum load enhanced by ~30% without the cost of extension (hat stringer)
- SleekFast and handbrake lever prototypes made with MODCOMP materials presented lower contribution on global warming
- Manufacturing of knuckles and handbrake levers by CFRP instead of aluminum (without a re-design of the remaining components in the cases considered), that allowed weight reduction
Other notable results:
- Real-time method to detect the cracks initiation and propagation during failure process
- Machine learning for nanomechanical testing results
- Development of control banding risk assessment tool
- In vitro toxicity testing (MTT assay and SEM analysis) for MWCNTs and GNPs
- Continuous engagement with EU and international initiatives in the areas of exposure and risk assessment
For all eleven (11) demonstrators an exploitation strategy has been foreseen, based on the main innovations.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that during the four years of the project, numerous dissemination activities took place and more than 70 scientific papers in peer-review journals have been published, presenting MODCOMP’s innovations. Also, during the last reporting period there were more than 500 new website users and from the beginning of the project, more than 130 posts on Social Media channels. From the beginning of the project until M48, MODCOMP partners reported 291 dissemination activities in 12 different categories. The last six months, a 20% increase of dissemination activities was achieved (49 additional activities comparing to M42), with particular increase of publishing content in Social Media. Successful dissemination activities from project partners reached vast number of persons with particular increase of the Scientific community and Industry.