Multi-level Circular Process Chain for Carbon and Glass Fibre Composites
MC4 is an European partnership aiming to establish circular approaches for carbon and glass fibre composites. These materials provide lightweight and highly-functional properties to numerous applicative markets. However, almost all of them end up in landfills at the end of their life. MC4 develops 4 circular approaches, 2 for carbon fibre, 2 for glass fibre, for short term and long-term implementation, including additional processes such as sorting and quality inspection. These processes will be validated in use cases in the sectors of transports, street furniture, sports equipment, and aerospace, with the addition of a LCA analysis to compare the current linear processes to the circular processes of MC4.
Lightweight and sustainable composite parts for the transportation sector
SUSPENS addresses the challenge of reducing the environmental footprint of sandwich and hollow composite structures for the automotive, leisure boat and aerospace industries by developing over 95% bio-sourced epoxy and polyesters resins, with new formulations leading to high performance, combined with sustainable and recyclable fibres to an industry standard.
Recycling solutions for such structures will also be developed in the project to cover the entire life cycle of the target applications.
The general project approach will be demonstrated through the manufacturing of three representative parts such as a car battery pack, a leisure boat deck and hull and an aircraft winglet.
Fully recyclable hybrid bio-composite for transport applications
The FURHY project is an EU-funded project that aims to develop a new, bio-based, smart and fully recyclable composite material, obtained by a fast and low energy consumption out-of-autoclave process. The matrix will be made by a new bio-based epoxy resin formulation filled with expanded graphite (EG), which will play a multiple role in the enhancement of both the material and the manufacturing process, providing smart functions. A hybrid composite will be developed, by the use of hemp and recycled carbon fibers (rCFs), thus maximizing the environmental benefits with a life-cycle perspective. The hybridisation will let to exploit the advantages offered by both fibres, minimizing the relevant drawbacks. The manufacturing process will consist in a low energy version of the prepreg compression moulding (PCM). Two manufacturing applications are foreseen in aeronautics and automotive industries.
Advanced lightweight materials FOr eneRgy Efficient StrucTures
Aiming at providing new and innovative green composites for sustainable and safe transport applications, the EU-funded FOREST project will develop innovative bio-based polymers and additives as well as recycled carbon fibres that will facilitate to the decarbonisation of the transport.
The European Community of Practice for a Sustainable Textile Ecosystem
ECOSYSTEX brings together academic and applied researchers, technology developers, experts and other stakeholders from the textile industry across Europe. By sharing and exchanging new knowledge, latest data, results and best practices, member projects will complement and cross-fertilise each other, creating synergies and added value for these research and industry fields.
Strategic cooperation in technologies for the circular economy of composites and complex plastic materials with high added value
The objective of the OSIRIS network is to establish an alliance between four „Cervera“ Technological Centres of Excellence and leading national and international centres to strengthen R&D&I capabilities and enable a systematic circular ecosystem for composite and difficult-to-recycle materials.
The mission of the OSIRIS network is to become a national and international benchmark and to equip itself with the necessary capabilities to promote the recycling of composite materials and complex plastic mixtures through innovative initiatives that improve the profitability of the recycling process and the generation of high added value commercial by-products, in a global environment of collaboration between technology centres and companies. In turn, acting as a driving force in the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System as a whole and with a clear vocation to disseminate and introduce the results obtained to the private sector.