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Systems for curing resins by microwaves

News International-French

10 May 2012

AIMPLAS is coordinating the European project MAC-RTM, which is funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme.

The project began in a meeting in AIMPLAS with the representatives of the 9 partners of the consortium.


The project MAC-RTM will cover the development of an innovative system for curing resins through microwaves. This promising technology will be optimized by using powerful simulation tools of filling and interaction between the electromagnetic field and the resin.


The project MAC-RTM will develop an integrated, technically innovative, ecological and economically feasible system.


The developments in the project MAC-RTM will allow the adaptation to resins processed by RTM and RTM light in order to produce medium-volume components with the following advantages:

  • Reduction of the cycle time by 40 %, leading to increase productivity and efficiency.
  • Decrease energy consumption by 70 %.
  • Reduce styrene emissions by 90 % in comparison with open-mould processes.
  • Increase polymerization level by 100 %.
  • Reduce mould costs by 30 %.
  • Reduce material usage, since parts over-sizing is not necessary.


The research has duration of 2 years, being its completion expected for October, 2013. The project of the Capacities programme “Research for the Benefit of SMEs", has a budget of nearly € 1.1 million and its consortium consists of partners from Holland, Germany, France, Slovakia, and Spain.


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