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Design and manufacturing of high performing fibre reinforced polymer composite components

Country of origin:
Country: 
CYPRUS
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOCY20210329001
Published
06/04/2021
Last update
12/04/2021
Expiration date
13/04/2022

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Microengineering and nanoengineering
Composite materials
Advanced Textile Materials
Lightweight materials
Textile fibres
Fibre-reinforced (plastic) composites
Other fabricated plastics
Polymer (plastics) materials
Engineering services
Textiles (synthetic and natural)
Preparation and spinning of textile fibres
Weaving of textiles
Finishing of textiles
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Summary

Summary: 
A cypriot SME offers an innovative product/service to the problem of strength-weight ratio in material applications that industry (aerospace, sports, marine, automotive etc.) faces. The company is looking for small and large integrators of systems that currently use or need high performing fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite components to commercially exploit the internally developed innovative technology via commercial agreements with technical support (engineering design and analysis).

Description

Description: 

The cypriot company was founded in 2013 by two experienced mechanical engineers and a senior economist aiming to create an innovative company in the field of advanced polymer composite materials that will put Cyprus on the world map of innovative composite materials.
The company focuses on the design and manufacturing of advanced composite materials, by identifying the problems and needs of customers in a variety of industries such as aviation, defence, sports, automotive, shipping etc. and by providing them with a variety of material services and product solutions in the field of materials. The company has access, either within its premises or through external partners, to a variety of specialized technical equipment and processes, which enables it to deliver both intermediate materials and end-products.
The company's innovative proprietary technological process can improve textiles such as carbon, glass, aramid, hybrid, and other fabrics.

The technology consists of 3 phases:
1) Nanomaterial creation
2) Nanomaterial insertion to fabrics
3) Nanomaterial Consolidation with fabrics

The resulting fabric product in a multilayer FRP structure presents the following properties compared to conventional FRPs:
• up to 300% stronger in terms of Mode II fracture toughness,
• up to 70% stronger in terms of Mode I fracture toughness,
• up to 20% in terms of tensile strength and
• up to 80% in terms of impact and compression after impact

The technological process modifies and improves current industrial fabrics in the form of textile (dry fabric or prepreg) roll such as carbon, glass, aramid, hybrid, and other fabrics. The small or large integrator benefits from a light and strong fibre reinforced polymer (FRPs) composite material which is used in the components of the desired system application:
1) Ultra high strength,
2) Increased weight savings for particular structural components due to less material use in order to acquire similar level of strength with the conventional FRPs
3) Lower composite manufacturing cost,
4) Fuel consumption reduction (for use in transportation applications)
5) Lower CO2 emissions (for use in transportation applications)
6) Increased material performance (for use in sports applications)

The company is looking for potential partners from industry (of any size) who are in need of / currently use high performing fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite components in order to develop prototypes of fibre reinforced polymer composite components for them, in this way improving their final product.
Potential fields of activity of industry partners are: Telecommunications, Transportation, Automotive, Space, Aviation, Defence.

This can be done in the framework of a commercial agreement with technical assistance provided by the Cyprus company.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
Technology achievements: The product has been applied to a range of carbon, glass and aramid fabrics in fibre reinforced polymer (FRPs) composites and has been tested with qualified industrial procedures. Compared with standard Carbon FRPs, it is: • up to 300% stronger in terms of Mode II fracture toughness, • up to 70% stronger in terms of Mode I fracture toughness, • up to 20% in terms of tensile strength and • up to 80% in terms of impact and compression after impact. Current state-of-the-art solutions improve Carbon FRP composites performance, however most of solutions focus on the improvement/doping of the epoxy resin or on the improvement of one or two specific mechanical properties. On the contrary, the company's innovative technology is a solution adjustable to any textile (carbon, glass, aramid, etc.) and offers a multi-dimensional improvement of the FRP material, resulting in high performing composite components. Business model: The need of high performing materials from small and large integrators has led the company to develop expertise in the design and manufacturing of components using advanced composite materials. Thus, the company offers for systems integrated by small or large integrators: 1) a complete service package of component design, analysis, and prototype development (services sales), and 2) manufacturing and production of FRP composite components (product sales), which use the innovative material technology, Cost: The technology results in a product, which is significantly less expensive than normal CFRPs since up to 15% material savings can be achieved to acquire similar level of strength in structures. Environmental aspects: Due to the reduced weight, significant fuel consumption reduction and lower CO2 emissions are achieved, when the innovative technology is used in transportation applications. Environmentally friendly manufacturing process of fabric

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The company is looking for industry partners (SMEs / MNEs such as small and large integrators of systems that currently use or are in need of high performing fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite components. Potential fields of activity of potential partners: Telecommunications, Transportation, Automotive, Space, Aviation, Defence, etc. or other) Potential partners would cooperate with the Cyprus company to exploit the innovation via commercial agreements with technical support in order to develop fibre reinforced polymer composite prototypes / components.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500