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European Commission funding the Functionalised Innovative Carbon Fibers

News International-French

5 May 2016

The FIBRALSPEC project is being carried out by a consortium of partners with much experience in European research cooperation and will result in functionalised innovative carbon fibres developed from novel precursors with cost efficiency and tailored properties.

The European Commission is supporting the 4-year Functionalised Innovative Carbon Fibers Developed from Novel Precursors with Cost Efficiency and Tailored Properties (FIBRALSPEC) 4-project, between eleven partners. The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, is the project coordinator and the partners are: Politechnico di Torino (POLITO) - Italy, University of Birmingham (UOB) - United Kingdom, Thales research and technology (TRT) - France, Global Safeguard LTD – (GSG) - United Kingdom, Open source management LTD – (OSM) - United Kingdom, Anthony, Patrick & Murta Exportação – (AP&M) - Portugal, Frantsevich Institute for problems of materials science – (IPMS) - Ukraine, CTM Equipment Limited – (CTM) - United Kingdom, Yuzhnoye SDO – (YUZ) - Ukraine and Euromobilita s.r.o. - Czech Republic.

The FIBRALSPEC project is co-financed by the European Union’s 7th framework programme (2007- 2013) to the tune of EUR 6.08 million. The project contributes to the Sustainable Carbon Fiber field using Novel Precursors by addressing the deployment of new technologies and best practices. The FIBRALSPEC initiative addresses new technologies, which have a clear market potential and a strong impact and as such promotes European Union’s (EU) wide cooperation.

FIBRALSPEC focuses on conducting innovative processes with streamlining and improved control through a unit for continuous PAN-based carbon fiber pilot production. Testing of laminates and prepregs production based on the new developed carbon fibers followed by manufacturing of laminates/coupons and high- performance filament wound tubes. Efforts are also dedicated to the surface, functionalization, mainly focused on cost reduction and improvement of mechanical and chemical properties of carbon fibers. During the life of project, novel carbon fibres precursors such as lignin are being developed. Innovative surface treatment will improve the carbon fiber surface, being indispensable for productions in series. Life cycle assessment assists in possible commercial risks that are continuously estimated during the project and quantify/assess the environmental impact of the materials that will be used. As for recycling and utility of recycled carbon fibres, new techniques are applied to provide commercially-relevant products that are manufactured from waste Carbon Fibers.

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