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Reliable Integrated On-Line Characterisation Tool for Thermoplastic Compound

Reliable Integrated On-Line Characterisation Tool for Thermoplastic Compound

Objective

"The SME-driven NanoOnSpect project aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative polymer nanocomposites (PNCs), combining developments in online sensor technology, artificial intelligence-based signal analysis and real-time process optimisation to create a comprehensive solution to quality problems.

NanoOnSpect has 3 development aims:
1) Newly-developed online characterisation techniques will be combined in a ""one-box"" characterisation unit. This will be able to determine dispersion, particle size, particle network formation and resulting composite properties online under demanding industrial conditions, with a (factor 2 to 10) higher resolution than conventional online characterisation tools.
2) An Artificial Neural Network and Expert System (ES) module will be developed to analyse sensor signals, predict the complex quality of the PNC and calculate new input parameters for the compounding line.
3) A breakthrough concept will be developed to adapt the mixing process during composite production, based on feedback from the ES.

The characterisation tool and process control technique will allow precise adjustment of the composite properties (e.g. dispersion-dependent properties) during production. This will improve product quality, allow the reliable production of PNCs with tailored functions and reduce waste production. The technology will be validated in existing production lines for two particle types. NanoOnSpect will also deliver in depth understanding of materials and processing, shortening material development cycles and formulation changeovers.

The NanoOnSpect consortium, consisting of 8 SMEs, 2 RTD performers and 2 associations, combines competences in measurement technology/automation, polymer processing technology, end use and demonstration, standardisation, dissemination and training. The project results will dramatically increase competitiveness and strengthen the market position of the mainly SME-based European PNC compounding industry."
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 752 664,32

Administrative Contact

Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)

Participants (11)

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AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 444 231,25

ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS CATALONIA, SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 389 002,58

GNEUSS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 301 160

FOS FASEROPTISCHE SYSTEME MESSTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 215 173,75

HUKSEFLUX THERMAL SENSORS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 244 251,60

HBH MICROWAVE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 300 316

NEXXUS CHANNEL SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 260 034

ADDIPLAST SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 171 246

CMB Colorex Master Batches B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 151 469,86

EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 120 294,40

VERBAND TECHNISCHE KUNSTSTOFF-PRODUKTE EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 49 710,24

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 263406

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2011

  • End date

    31 March 2015

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 703 754,10

  • EU contribution

    € 3 399 554

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

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