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Multiscale reinforcement of semi-crystalline thermoplastic sheets and honeycombs

Objective

The M-RECT project aims to create multiscale-reinforced semi-crystalline thermoplastics (PEEK and PPS), which will outperform all reinforced polymers in terms of strength, stiffness, creep and mainly damping by upscaling and further developing state of the art production methods, within cost-efficient manufacturing routes. The envisaged multiscale reinforcement will comprise of dispersed straightened and aligned to polymer molecules multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and also fully impregnated, long carbon fibres (CF). In order to achieve this objective a number of novel technological achievements including CNT functionalization techniques, fluid-assisted CNT alignment, microwave and induction heating of composites, out of autoclave manufacturing including bagging techniques, DIRIS sandwich panel production, fluoropolymer radiation-absorbing coatings and polymer optical fibre technology will be further developed and used. The CNT or multi-scale reinforced PEEK or PPS sheets and the resulting sandwich panels will be used as raw material for manufacturing laminated complex prototypes covering a wide range of industrial applications such as automotive, railroad, aeronautical, space, civil engineering and biomedical. Optimized design of these structures will be based on suitably developed numerical modelling and optimization tools within the proposed project and which will be validated through extensive testing at nano, meso and macro-scale. The anticipated impacts of the development of the envisaged top-performance lightweight thermoplastic composites and their manufacturing routes will extend to an international level by decreasing energy and fuel consumption, decreasing waste production and improving recyclability, creating profitable spin-off activities, promoting safety and improving the urban environment.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/fibre optics

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-LARGE-3
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

Victrex Manufacturing Limited
Address
Victrex Technology Centre, Hillhouse International
FY5 4QD Thornton-cleveleys
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 273 214
Administrative Contact
Alan Wood (Dr.)

Participants (20)

INSTITOUTO MICHANIKIS YLIKON KAI GEODOMON AE (Institute of Mechanics of Materials and Geostructures SA)
Greece
EU contribution
€ 640 261
Address
Askiton 22
15236 Penteli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Michelis (Dr.)
AIRBUS GROUP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 273 131
Address
2 Rond-point Emile Dewoitine
31700 Blagnac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacques Cinquin (Mr.)
POLYMADE GESELLSCHAFT FUR INNOVATIVE TECHNISCHE TEXTILIEN MBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 97 124
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 37
50126 Bergheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gernot K. Brueck (Prof.)
NANOZAR SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 210 160
Address
Cl Luesma Castan Miguel 4
50018 Zaragoza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laszlo Bax (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 201 766
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tracey Swift (Dr.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 473 780
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgia Mertzelou (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 277 638
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johanna Rule (Ms.)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 234 552
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eva-Maria Müller
BUILDAIR INGENIERIA Y ARQUITECTURA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 218 080
Address
Av Barcelona 40
08970 Sant Joan Despi Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Javier Marcipar (Mr.)
CENTRE INTERNACIONAL DE METODES NUMERICS EN ENGINYERIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 209 353
Address
C Gran Capitan, Edifici C1, Campus Nord Upc Sn
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anna Font (Mrs.)
AVL LIST GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 241 430
Address
Hans-list-platz 1
8020 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guenter Trakowanitsch (Mr.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 17 692
Address
31 Rue Des Cosmonautes Zi Du Palays
31402 Toulouse Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rémy Bigle (Mr.)
VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 119 000
Address
Gotaverksgatan 10
405 08 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carl Fredrik Hartung (Mr.)
FIBROLINE FRANCE SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 197 292
Address
Rue Auguste Tramier 20
69130 Ecully
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurence Caramaro (Dr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 228 504
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tine Heylen (Ms.)
TenCate Advanced Composites BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 159 600
Address
Campbellweg 30
7440 AA Nijverdal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Hummelink
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 103 752
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Keith Cann (Mr.)
VAMP TECHNOLOGIES
Italy
EU contribution
€ 319 400
Address
Viale Delle Industrie 10 12
20040 Busnago
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bruno Miani (Dr.)
STEINBEIS ADVANCED RISK TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 141 600
Address
Fangelsbachstrasse 14
70178 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emil Kremm (Mr.)
POM TV UG (HAFTUNGSBESCHRANKT) GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 97 500
Address
Willy Messerschmitt Strasse 37
50126 Bergheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Walter Duerbaum (Mr.)