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Partner description

Montanuniversität Leoben is performing basic and applied research in the field of polymer engineering and science, including polymer chemistry, materials science and testing of polymers as well as composite technology. Establishing structure-property relationships on all scales (molecular-nano-micro-meso-macro) is a general research objective of the partner. A central research thrust at MUL is the development of functional (e.g. photoreactive) polymers and molecular coatings, and the organo-functionalisation of inorganic surfaces and particles. Another central research topic is the mechanical behaviour of composite materials for lightweight structural applications. The partner was involved in many projects dealing with composite materials, including functional composites. Furthermore, MUL was a scientific member within the research cluster NanoComp (‘Performance Optimization of Polymer NanoComposites’) in the AUSTRIAN NANO-Initiative programme. MUL is a leading scientific partner in one of the Austrian Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies (Polymer Competence Center Leoben; PCCL) and in the K-Project with the title “Functional Polymer Composites (PolyComp)”. Several research projects with relevance to (nano- and micro-structured) composites have been conducted over the past years.



bto-Epoxy GmbH develops customized epoxy systems. Specially modified resin systems lead to better and more efficient manufacturing processes and better products. BTO-E has developed interesting products in their short time of existence, including an epoxy resin system for an innovative method to manufacture fibre fabrics, and a suitable gel-coat-system for processing pre-pregs. In this project, BTO-E will implement the modified epoxies to be developed and will contribute to the improvement of the fabrication technology. The use of the modified resins in other applications, such as in adhesives, will be explored by the company.



The University POLITEHNICA of Bucarest team has more than 10 years experience with polymers and polymer nanocomposites. Initially, following accepted proposals, testing was performed by Romanian researchers in two testhouse facilities through two programmes of the European Commission in Seibersdorf, Austria, and EXSACOM, DLR, Braunschweig, Germany, both in 2003. Several national projects on composites were developed in recent years, such as: Modelling and simulation  of the behaviour of composite materials at complex loadings with applications in aeronautical engineering, 2006-2008; Performant composite armours for multiple protection, 2008-2011. In 2011 has started a research project dedicated to the use of CNT and nanoparticles in composites, Next generation of epoxies for structural applications: nanocomposites with enhanced strength and toughness. We have developed nanocomposites with thermoplastic and thermoset matrix, and nanofillers of various types, including ceramic nanoparticles and various forms of nanostructured carbon. The thermoset nanocomposites were all epoxy-based. Spectacular results were obtained with epoxies filled with functionalized carbon nanotubes. These materials exhibit an order of magnitude reduction of the crack growth rate relative to the unfilled epoxy. These experimental results and associated results obtained from modelling the multiscale mechanics of nanocomposite structures have been published in more than 20 journal articles.



SC COMPOZITE SRL is a private company founded in 1991 by experts in the design and production of advanced composite parts for helicopters and aircrafts from the Brasov's helicopters factory (Alouette III and Puma licence). COMR has 30 employees working in a 1300 m2 facility. The company designs and produces composite parts with sandwich structure using fibreglass, carbon and Kevlar fibres. The technologies employed are diverse, ranging from open moulding to vacuum bagging methods, at room temperature and in autoclave, with prepregs and core materials. Some of our products are: radar antennas, radomes (for Kathrein, Vodafone, Orange), heated radomes, flight simulators telescopic masts (12m height), carbon fibre masts, telecommunication shelters (Vodafone, Orange), heaters, various other products for OMV, EADS, automotive components, special bath tubs for handicapped people, boat hulls, etc. COMR is involved in many research projects having participated in 32 national research projects and 3 European-level projects, with research institutes, universities and other companies. From 2000 to present, COMR held the ISO 9002 quality management system and is now prepared to implement the ISO 9001/2008 and ISO14001/2005 standards.



Benteler SGL Composite Technology GmbH emerged in 2009 out of Fischer Composite Technology by the Joint Venture “Benteler-SGL“. BSCT is located in Upper-Austria near the German border. BSCT’s key business is mass customisation of composite technology. Based on the optimization of the Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) technique and the innovative application of composites as lightweight and cost-efficient components, BSCT produces structural components, body parts, design elements and other parts mainly for the automotive industry. BSCT, as a TIER 1 supplier for automotive composites components, is the part manufacturer for the final test parts in this project and will be responsible for pre-industrialization. BSCT, with their know-how about series production lines, will identify further restrictions regarding the usability in an industrial environment of the functionalized resin systems to be developed. In 2012 BSCT has built a new plant in Ort im Innkreis, where innovative composites production lines produce up to 150.000 parts per year, in a fully automated way. Furthermore a state-of-the-art technical centre, which offers capabilities relevant for the entire processing chain, from fibre cutting to part finishing, will be available for producing prototypes in this project. With BSCT in the consortium, HieroComp takes all steps from material development at the laboratory stage to specific industrial implementation and application to the automotive industry.