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ULTRAFIBRE - New manufacturing infrastructure for the production of high quality Natural Fibres

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  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 09/06/2010
  • RISULTATO

Natural fibers offer a route to the production of sustainable composites, replacing inorganic and petrochemical based fibers with high-embodied energy. One of the main obstacles to the exploitation of natural fibers is the limited consistency of supply, with batch-to-batch variations in quality. Retting a process whereby plant stems are left to weather in the fields has been identified as being the weak point in fiber processing in the as a result of variable weather conditions during the retting period. Mechanical decortication the removal of the outer layers is often damaging to the fibers. UltraFibre will develop a clean processing technology called hydro-acoutstic decorticaton to extract the fiber from the plant after harvesting avoiding reliance on degree of dew retting. The fiber produced will be of much higher quality, without the physical damage caused by mechanical decortication, circumventing reliance on unpredictable weather for completion of dew retting in fields. Chemical treatments have been used to modify fibers to improve matrix to fiber adhesion in composite materials. However, these chemical treatments use hazardous materials, are time-consuming and create a significant level of waste. Therefore, a treatment process that does not pose a threat to the natural environment and that is reproducible, whilst creating little or no hazardous waste, would be extremely advantageous. To achieve this end, UltraFibre will develop a soft plasma treatment process that will integrate with the hydro-acoustic decortication process to produce high quality fiber for the rapidly expanding composites materials sector.


Start date: 2010-01-01
End date: 2012-12-31

Duration: 36 months

Project Reference: 243456

Project cost: 2.23 million euro
Project Funding: 1.74 million euro

Subprogramme Area: SME-2 Research for SME associations
Contract type: Research for SME associations/groupings


Coordinatore: ASSOCIAZIONE NAZIONALE COSTRUTTORI DI MACCHINE E STAMPI PER MATERIE PLASTICHE E GOMMA - ITALY - ALESSANDRO Cerizza

Altri Partecipanti

  • OMEGA MAKINA SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI - TURKEY
  • MAREK RADWANSKI EKOTEX - POLAND
  • THE BRITISH PLASTICS FEDERATION LBG - UNITED KINGDOM
  • GREENGRAN B.V. - NETHERLANDS
  • MOVEVIRGO LIMITED - UNITED KINGDOM
  • KENAF ECO FIBERS ITALIA SPA - ITALY
  • INCONTROL ULTRASONICS LTD - UNITED KINGDOM
  • EUROPEAN INDUSTRIAL HEMP ASSOCIATION - GERMANY
  • SMITHERS RAPRA TECHNOLOGY LTD - UNITED KINGDOM
  • ACXYS TECHNOLOGIES - FRANCE
  • CENTRO EUROPEO SVILUPPO APPLICAZIONI PLASTICHE SRL CONSORTILE - ITALY
  • STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK - NETHERLANDS
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Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-SME : RICERCA A FAVORE DELLE PMI nell'ambito del programma specifico “Capacità” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea