The sixth Modcomp-project newsletter has been released, covering the following topics: Presentation of project, objectives, partners, progress, meetings and informations.
Modcomp-project Tri-Fold Leaflet has been released to public.
MODCOMP aims to develop novel engineered fibre-based materials for technical, high value, high performance products for non-clothing applications at realistic cost, with improved functionality and safety. Demonstrators will be designed to fulfil scalability towards industrial needs and focus on TRL5/TRL6. End users from a wide range of industrial sectors (transport, construction, leisure and electronics) will adapt the knowledge gained from the project and test the innovative high added value demonstrators. An in-depth and broad analysis of material development, coupled with dedicated multi-scale modelling, recycling and safety studies will be conducted in parallel for two types of materials (concepts):
Current technological demands are increasingly stretching the properties of traditional materials to expand their applications to more severe or extreme conditions, whilst simultaneously seeking cost-effective production processes and final products. The aim of this project is to demonstrate the influence of different surface enhancing and modification techniques on carbon fibre (CF)-based materials for high value and high performance applications. These materials are a route to further exploiting advanced materials, using enabling technologies for additional functionalities, without compromising structural integrity. CF based materials have particular advantages due to their lightweight, good mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. Current generation CFs have extensively been used in a multitude of applications, taking advantage of their valuable properties to provide solutions in complex problems of materials science and technology. The limits of the current capability of such materials, however, have now been reached. MODCOMP will develop the next generation of CF-based materials for structural and electronics applications. The benefits of fibre-based materials have clearly been shown in aerospace applications which require lightweight, high strength, high stiffness, and high fatigue-resistant materials.
The MODCOMP consortium is carefully composed in order to include all the expertise and access to facilities needed to reach the ambitious aim of the project. As no single organization or country has the capacity to successfully bring about the innovations and validations intended in MODCOMP on its own, a well-balanced consortium has been arranged, with partners that are complementary to each other and are willing to closely cooperate in creating a research environment as envisioned in MODCOMP’s ambitious aim.
All partners in this consortium have been selected in view of their individual expertise and complementarities. The partners realize that there is in some cases some overlap in their expertise, but see this as an added value to the project since this will facilitate cooperation. The project involves partners from EU members and administers the resources in terms of personnel, knowledge and equipment that are required for success. This multinational cooperation is essential in order to reach the intended objectives.
New approaches to improve functionality are important.
Limited multi-functionality has often prevented composites from being more widely adopted. In the aerospace industry metals are still incorporated into structures to impart mechanical integrity and electrical conductivity. It is well known that some surface treatments etching the fibre surface may enhance fibre/matrix interface adhesion and hence the stress transfer within composite due to increased contacting area and possibly strengthened bonding. However, etching can also adversely affect the strength of fibres. The final properties of the fibre-based materials depend on the net contribution of these two opposing effects. It is therefore imperative to optimize the method and extent of treatment to gain the maximum possible enhancement in the performance of composite. MODCOMP will provide new approaches to improve functionality in particular electrical and thermal properties as well as structural performance of fibre-based materials, by integrating nanostructures and/or using environmentally-benign surface treatment technologies.