PRE-TEX 2021 – RESEARCH INTO THE MANUFACTURE OF FUNCTIONAL PRE-PREGS FOR THE COMPOSITES MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

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I + D / Nuevos materiales y sostenibilidad. Revalorización de residuos, no tejidos y composites

 

Year: 2021

 

MOTIVATION


The project is motivated by the advantages represented by pre-impregnated materials. These materials comprise two components: fabrics that act as reinforcement and a thermosetting resin in a pre-polymerised state (state B), i.e. a viscous state in which the resin has not fully cured.

The result is a material that is already impregnated with resin, but not cured, offering a number of advantages over conventional products that are not impregnated:

  • Easy to use in compression moulding processes. The pre-impregnated material is processed directly in the mould and the final product does not require pre-processing.
  • Contact of operators with resins, which are hazardous products, is avoided.
  • There are no operator errors in the resin and hardener mixing processes.
  • The fibre to resin ratio of the pre-impregnated material is measured and controlled.

 

OBJECTIVES


The objectives of the PRE-TEX 2021 project are as follows:

  • To develop pre-impregnated materials with functional thermosetting resins, by mixing in a tri-cylindrical calender.
  • To develop pre-impregnated materials with natural fibres.
  • To use these developments to generate business opportunities in textile weaving and finishing companies.​

 

EXPECTED RESULTS


The knowledge generated by the research carried out during PRE-TEX 2021 will lead to the following results: the successful conclusion of a State-of-the-Art Study, the development of pre-pregs at laboratory scale and composites derived from them and the identification of transfer opportunities to weaving and finishing companies.​

This project is funded by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.

Additional Information

  • Grant number: IMAMCI/2021/1


  • Year: 2021

  • Status: In progress

  • Entity: IVACE
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