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Development of a cost-effective, durable coating system with low fungicide content for wood surfaces using Plasma Discharge

Objective

For wood to compete with other materials and be attractive to customers, a durability of treated wood facades of at least 5-8 years renovation-free should be guaranteed. New EC legislation (2004/42/EC) requires the replacement of solvent-borne coating systems with water-borne coatings for outdoor wood preservation purposes. Wooden facades treated with water-borne coatings are more susceptible to discolouring and damage by mould and blue stain fungi. Mould fungi grow mainly on the surface of the paint film and harm the appearance of wood surfaces via their pigmented spores. Blue-stain fungi are capable of colonising the surface as well as the wood and wood-coating interface. They can penetrate the coating film enzymatically and mechanically, thereby damaging its protective functioning against the elements, leading to costly repair work after only a few years of service life. In order to sustain the use of wood in the face of growing competition from other materials, a need exists for cost-effective wood protection methods free from toxic preservatives, but which are capable of offering comparing durability. This project will develop a cost-effective, ecological, high performance wood coating system, offering low fungicide content. It is long known that the interaction of wood with water can lead to dimensional instability and accelerated bio, and weathering degradation. A variety of techniques have been investigated to achieve water repellent characteristics of wood surfaces, from liquid reagents, to thermal and chemical applications. A very promising technique to hydrophobize wood surfaces is the use of electrical gas discharges (plasma). This project will build on past research in this area to arrive at a DURAWOOD system that meets market needs in terms of price, durability and environmental protection. The RTD results will contribute to the continued growth of the EU wood industry, especially in light of global competition and new material alternatives.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/mycology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/mycology/ethnomycology

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 45 507
Administrative Contact
Oonagh Mc Nerney (Ms.)

Participants (8)

Ing.Jan Sestina SETA
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 126 842
Address
Pod Kalvariou 12
03401 Ruzomberok
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ján šestina (Mr.)
KARTAS KONTRPLAK SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 110 674
Address
Kocamansur Str. (Merkez District) 68/10
34276 Sisli/ Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Osman Perk (Mr.)
ARYECLA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 124 395
Address
Carretera De Villena Km 0.8
30510 Yecla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro Azorín Puche (Mr.)
Plasma-Technologic s.r.o.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 233 864
Address
Blatnice Pod Svatym Antoninkem 543
69671 Blatnice Pod Svatym Antoninkem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kusenda Ladislav (Mr.)
PAM-ak s.r.o.
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 200 671
Address
Triblavinska 47
90025 Chorvatsky Grob
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zora Komžíková (Ms.)
Setas Kimya Sanayi AS
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 122 113
Address
Karanfil Sok 1.Levent 18
34330 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rezzan Karaaslan (Dr.)
SLOVENSKA TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 19 968
Address
Vazovova 5
81243 Bratislava
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Radko Tino (Dr.)
VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 17 956
Address
Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carsten Harms (Prof.)