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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-NMP-2015-two-stage
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Coordinator

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE & TECHNIQUE DEL'INDUSTRIE TEXTILE BELGE ASBL
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Rue Montoyer 24/2
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 819 000

Participants (15)

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 478 750
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 347 982,50
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 711 496,25
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 802 237,50
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NEXT TECHNOLOGY TECNOTESSILE SOCIETA NAZIONALE DI RICERCA R L
Italy
EU contribution
€ 422 250
Address
Via Del Gelso 13
59100 Prato
Activity type
Research Organisations
MAIER SCOOP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 449 198
Address
Poligono Industrial Arabieta S/n
48320 Ajangiz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SAMSONITE EUROPE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 264 250
Address
Westerring 17
9700 Oudenaarde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARCELIK A.S.
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 357 437,50
Address
Karaagac, Sutluce Beyoglu Cad. No:2-6
34445 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMFIL APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 532 000
Address
Karolinelundsvej 2
8883 Gjern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECNARO GESELLSCHAFT ZUR INDUSTRIELLEN ANWENDUNG NACHWACHSENDER ROHSTOFFE MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 276 500
Address
Bustadt 40
74360 Ilsfeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CHEMOSVIT FIBROCHEM SRO
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 161 175
Address
Sturova 101
059 21 Svit
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ANONYMI ETAIREIA VIOMICHANIKIS EREVNAS, TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS KAI ERGASTIRIAKON DOKIMON, PISTOPIISIS KAI PIOTITAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 360 587,50
Address
A Viomichaniki Periochi (Industrial Area Of Volos)
38500 Volos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ION BEAM APPLICATIONS SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 290 150
Address
Chemin Du Cyclotron 3
1348 Ottignies Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STEINBEIS ADVANCED RISK TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 254 625
Address
Fangelsbachstrasse 14
70178 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OPEN SOURCE MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 245 000
Address
Cowley Road Saint John S Innovation Centre
CB4 0WS Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)