High productivity manufacturing process of composite parts based on zero emissions fast curing coatings and heated moulds

The project goal is to develop an ecological and innovative coating for composite parts which aims to eliminate styrene emissions from the workplace. Additionally, this type of coating will deliver improved production performance in terms of quality and a dramatic reduction of associated operational costs, which currently burden the progress of composite materials worldwide. Very much like the painting industry change in the 1950’s to the use of dry powders in order to replace existing liquid paints; the liquid gel coats used in the composites industry could be replaced with suitable dry powder technology. This project will demonstrate the use of powder coatings in the composite industry as well as showing how to implement this novel material into real production environments. The combination of new developments in efficiently heated tools, mould design and reinforced preforms, combined with the use of the new ecological powder coating will provide an excellent platform for the modernisation of current composites manufacturing technologies.
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Web resources: http://www.ecogelcronos.eu/
Start date: 01-09-2013
End date: 31-08-2016
Total budget - Public funding: 4 291 644,00 Euro - 3 099 982,00 Euro
Call topic: Manufacturing processes for products made of composites or engineered metallic materials (FoF.NMP.2013-10)