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Biobased self-functionalised self-reinforced composite materials based on high performance nanofibrillar PLA fibres

Biobased self-functionalised self-reinforced composite materials based on high performance nanofibrillar PLA fibres

Objective

BIO4SELF aims at fully biobased self-reinforced polymer composites (SRPC). To produce the SRPCs two polylactic acid (PLA) grades are required: a low melting temperature (Tm) one to form the matrix and an ultra high stiffness and high Tm one to form the reinforcing fibres. To reach unprecedented stiffness in the reinforcing PLA fibres, we will combine PLA with bio-LCP (liquid crystalline polymer) for nanofibril formation. Further, we will increase the temperature resistance of PLA and improve its durability. This way, BIO4SELF will exploit recent progress in PLA fibre technology. We will add inherent self-functionalization via photocatalytic fibres (self-cleaning properties), tailored microcapsules (self-healing properties) and deformation detecting fibres (self-sensing).
Prototype composite parts for luggage, automotive and home appliances will be demonstrators to illustrate the much broader range of industrial applications, e.g. furniture, construction and sports goods. Our developments will enable to use biobased composites for high end applications, thus contributing to using sustainable and renewable raw materials. Being able to produce, process and sell these novel SRPCs and related composite intermediates will be a clear competitive advantage. First estimates predict a market of at least 35 kton/year, corresponding to ca. 165 M€, within 5 years. Using the PLA SRPCs, BIO4SELF will demonstrate the first fully biobased suitcase, which partner SAMSONITE intends to commercialise to renew its top selling high end line (currently based on self-reinforced polypropylene).
BIO4SELF is a well balanced mix of end-users (large enterprises to maximise impact), technology providers (mainly R&D driven SMEs), R&D actors (RTDs and universities) and innovation support (specialised SMEs). It covers the required expertise, infrastructure, and industrial know-how to realise the innovation potential of the novel high performance biobased SRPCs, both during and beyond the project.

Coordinator

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DE L'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE

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Rue Montoyer 24/2
1000 Bruxelles

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 819 000

Participants (15)

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DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 478 750

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 347 982,50

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 711 496,25

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 802 237,50

NEXT TECHNOLOGY TECNOTESSILE SOCIETA NAZIONALE DI RICERCA R L

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 422 250

MAIER SCOOP

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 449 198

In line with Article 21(4) of Regulation 1268/2012 (Rules of application of the Financial Regulation) the name and contact details of the beneficiary will be published at a later stage.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 264 250

ARCELIK A.S.

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 357 437,50

COMFIL APS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 532 000

TECNARO GESELLSCHAFT ZUR INDUSTRIELLEN ANWENDUNG NACHWACHSENDER ROHSTOFFE MBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 276 500

CHEMOSVIT FIBROCHEM AS

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 161 175

ANONYMI ETAIREIA VIOMICHANIKIS EREVNAS, TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS KAI ERGASTIRIAKON DOKIMON, PISTOPIISIS KAI PIOTITAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 360 587,50

ION BEAM APPLICATIONS SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 290 150

STEINBEIS ADVANCED RISK TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 254 625

OPEN SOURCE MANAGEMENT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 245 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 685614

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2016

  • End date

    30 June 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 051 688,75

  • EU contribution

    € 6 772 639,25

Coordinated by:

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DE L'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE

Belgium