The components used in vehicle interiors must include characteristics that not only ensure end-product quality but also passenger safety and comfort. Carpets and flooring represent approximately 39% of vehicle upholstery and seating and door panels are another important sector. AITEX researches products such as upholstery, seat bases, door panels, carpeting, mats boot linings, parcel shelves, ceiling panels and all other textile-based automotive components.
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A biocomposite is a compound material largely derived from biomass. For this purpose, natural textile reinforcements can be used, combined with mainly vegetable resins to create a compound material that is 100% renewable, in other words, free from petrochemical compounds. We are working to research, develop and search for applications for these innovative materials which are in great demand among end users as they are environmentally friendly and respectful.
Evaluation of acoustic and thermal comfort in construction, always based on base-textile substrates or compound materials created using textile by-products.
The search for new spinning possibilities in terms of technical polymers with improved mechanical/thermal properties. In this field, we are working with polymers such as PPS, TPE, LCP, TPVA.
Research and development of state-of-the-art finishes, capable of giving special properties to textile substrates, setting them apart from conventional textiles. We are working with experimental plants capable of treating textiles on a semi-industrial scale and achieving results that can be extrapolated on an industrial scale.
Hotmelts are 100% pure polymers, with no solvents present, which can be applied as an adhesive to different substrates. Therefore, they offer both energetic and environmental advantages.
We are working to activate, functionalise and prepare the surfaces of textile substrates, using low pressure plasma technology and atmospheric pressure crown technology, with a view to improving the solidity and fixing of subsequent finishing processes.
We are studying the possibility of using thermoplastic fibres together with inert fibres such as fibreglass to manufacture composites.
Development of new materials for application in the Aeronautics, Aerospace, Automobile, Railway, Bus/Coach and Maritime sectors. The aim is to improve the properties of textile materials used in cabs/cabins to enhance the comfort of users.
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AITEX evaluates materials used in different means of transport, assessing ease of ignition, the amount of smoke produced in a fire and toxicity, in accordance with regulations for the IMO (International Maritime Organization), for railways and land transport.
Study and characterisation of the acoustic properties of materials. Sound absorption is the quality possessed by all materials to transform part of the sound energy that impacts against them into heat; in other words these materials have the capacity to absorb a large part of the acoustic energy that impacts against them and, therefore, are used to reduce the acoustic level in the space where noise occurs.