New advanced bio-based and recycled high-performance materials with inherent recyclability properties
Efficient processing techniques combined with recycling technologies
for a standardised, holistic sustainable high-performance composite design, modelling and systematic optimisation
The basis of all r-LightBioCom results is the development of new raw materials that reduce weight and cost while introducing recyclability and sustainability into the resulting high-performance composites (HPC). In this regard, new composite materials will be developed and studied comprising i) bio-resins with covalent adaptable networks, and ii) bio-based additives, and iii) recycled and/or sustainable fibres.
NEW ADDITIVES AND RESIN FORMULATIONS
RECYCLED AND/OR SUSTAINABLE FIBRES
The main environmental impact of high-performance composites (HPC) is related to the high energy demand of the different production processes, which in turn increases the fabrication costs. r-LightBioCom aims to redesign current technologies related to the development of HPC intermediates (prepregs), components (honeycombs) and structures (textile reinforced composites produced by VIP, RTM and pultrusion technologies) to introduce sustainable raw materials in new processes, reducing reaction times and thus energy demand and related costs. Also, new fast curing processes will be optimised to reduce time, consumption, emissions, and related costs.
MATERIALS PROCESSING INTO INTERMEDIATES, COMPONENTS AND STRUCTURES
INNOVATIONS IN PRODUCTION PROCESS: NEW FAST CURING TECHNIQUES
r-LightBioCom proposes a holistic approach combining tools for composite modelling, sustainability, and validation (use phase) with novel composite recycling processes (end of life).
HOLISTIC OPTIMISATION FRAMEWORK FOR SUSTAINABLE DESIGN OF COMPOSITE STRUCTURES
CEO COMPATIBLE AUTOMATED NUMERICAL MATERIAL CARD CALIBRATION PROCESS
LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT (LCA)