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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."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/expert systems
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computational intelligence

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2010-SME-4
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 752 664,32
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)

Participants (11)

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 444 231,25
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Raquel Giner (Ms.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 389 002,58
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacobo Alvarez (Dr.)
GNEUSS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 301 160
Address
Monichhusen 42
32549 Bad Oeynhausen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kai Gottwald (Dr.)
FOS FASEROPTISCHE SYSTEME MESSTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 215 173,75
Address
Rutgersstrasse 40
24790 Schacht Audorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erhard Giese (Mr.)
HUKSEFLUX THERMAL SENSORS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 244 251,60
Address
Delftechpark 31
2628 XJ Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kees Van Den Bos (Mr.)
HBH MICROWAVE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 300 316
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 1
76297 Stutensee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Detlev Hollmann (Dr.)
NEXXUS CHANNEL SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 260 034
Address
Via Dei Combattenti 3
21040 Vedano Olona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Ponzielli (Dr.)
ADDIPLAST SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 171 246
Address
Allee Pierre & Marie Curie 12
43620 Saint Pal De Mons
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maxime Chantegraille (Mr.)
CMB Colorex Master Batches B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 151 469,86
Address
Achterdijk 12
5705 CB Helmond
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henry Van Tilburg (Mr.)
EUROPEAN PLASTICS CONVERTERS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 120 294,40
Address
Avenue De Cortenbergh 71
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hans Boon
VERBAND TECHNISCHE KUNSTSTOFF-PRODUKTE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 49 710,24
Address
Stadelstrasse 10
60596 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Michael Weigelt (Mr.)